How to Register a Car in Montana

Moving to Montana can be a great way for you to get a new start. There are a number of things that you will have to handle when first getting settled into Montana. Getting your car registered is a must if you want to operate a motor vehicle on the Montana roadways. If you do not get your car registered within 60 days of moving to the state, then you may have to pay a very steep fine. In order to register your car, you will have to go in person to the county treasurer’s office in your care. The following are some of the things that you will need when going in to register your car:

  • A completed vehicle registration application
  • Proof of insurance
  • The car’s title
  • A registration certificate from your former state

If you are a resident of Montana and have purchased a car from a dealership, then you will be able to have them do all of the work need to get the vehicle registered. Make sure that you receive copies of the paperwork to ensure that you are able to get the tag for the vehicle.

When purchasing a car from an individual, you will have to do all of the work involved in getting the vehicle registered. Before you go in to the treasurer’s office to register the vehicle, here are some of the things you will need to gather:

  • A completed vehicle registration application
  • Auto insurance card
  • The car’s title with your name on it
  • The odometer reading on the car
  • Titling and license plate fees

When going to get your registration handled, you will have to pay fees. The fees that you will have to pay are as follows:

  • Vehicles that are only four years old and under will cost $217 to register
  • For vehicles that are five to ten years old the registration fee is $87
  • Vehicles that are 11 years old and older will cost $28 to register

You will need to make sure that you have an adequate car insurance policy to show the treasurer’s office before getting your registration. For more information on the car registration process in this state, visit the Montana DMV website.


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