The Hope Card lets law enforcement know that there is a valid, permanent Order of Protection in place. In case of a potential violation of an order, a law enforcement officer can refer to the Hope Card for more information.
- A Hope Card is not a substitute for an Order of Protection.
- The card includes relevant information related to a valid, permanent Order of Protection.
- It is small and durable, and can be easily carried in a wallet, pocket or purse.
- Hope Cards are not issued for temporary Orders of Protection.
In Montana, Hope Cards are issued by the Crow Tribal Court, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Court and the state of Montana. While the cards differ slightly, they must be recognized by law enforcement officers throughout the state.