Montana Expands Online Driver License Renewal and Moves Deadlines for Registering Vehicles
At the request of Attorney General Tim Fox, today the governor’s office issued a directive temporarily suspending certain requirements for online driver license renewal and extending deadlines for vehicle registration. Issued in response to COVID-19, these changes will help protect the health of Montanans.
“The Motor Vehicle Division provides essential services to the people of Montana,” Attorney General Fox said. “The changes we made today will allow Montanans to continue receiving these services, but from the safety of their homes.”
During this time, citizens needing a driver’s license renewal will be allowed to self-certify their ability to drive instead of requiring forms signed by medical and vision professionals.
Online and mail-in renewals will be good for a maximum of two years and will be offered for the duration of the declared state-of-emergency.
While exam stations will remain open, the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) asks Montanans to utilize the online or mail-in renewal option if able. Additional options are available for mail-in renewals, please see our website, https://dojmt.gov/driving.
A few reminders:
- All Montana-issued Class D driver licenses that expired on March 1, 2020 until May 31, 2020, remain valid for an additional 90 days after their expiration date.
- Class D driving tests have been suspended until at least 4/18/2020.
- To help with social distancing, customers in our driver license station waiting areas will be limited.
- Commercial driver licenses and medical cards will be given an extension until 6/30/2020 if the card expired on March 1, 2020 or later.
“We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our customers and staff,” said Sarah Garcia, MVD Administrator. “The online and mail-in options give MVD another way to minimize exposure to the public and MVD employees.”
A 90-day extension will be provided to dealerships to submit paperwork to county offices and vehicle owners to title and register any vehicles transferred after March 16, 2020.
Renewals may be completed online up to 30 days past the month shown on the vehicle’s registration tab.
For more information about MVD services go to www.dojmt.gov/driving.