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License Plates in Montana

LOST OR STOLEN LICENSE PLATES

As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced. In order to replace your plates you must:

  • Visit your local county treasurer's office.
  • Fill in the application for replacement plates.
  • Hand in any remaining license plates.
  • Pay the license plate replacement fees of $5.

CUSTOM AND PERSONALIZED PLATES

Regular Series

These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Auto, Commercial, Trailer, Motorcycle, Permanent Trailer Identification, Disabled Person, Disabled Veteran, and Foreign Organization. Application forms are available at your local county treasurer's office. Fill them in and submit with the appropriate fees (see below).

Special Interest Plates

Special Interest Plates come in the following categories: Personalized, Antique—including Vintage and Pioneer, Original Montana Plates, Military, Sponsored—including colleges and universities, Amateur Radio Operator and Special Mobile. Click on these links to access applications forms for replacing the different types of special interest plates - Pioneer or Vintage Plates, Military Plates, Original Montana License Plates and Sponsored Plate. Each type of specialty plate follows a different way of request. While the vintage plate application form must be mailed to the Tile and Registration Bureau to Joann Loehr, Bureau Chief, Title and Registration Bureau, Motor Vehicle Division, Montana Department of Justice, 1003 Buckskin Drive, Deer Lodge, MT 59722; Original Montana, Military, Sponsored Plates and all other specialty plates may be requested by submitting the appropriate application form to your local county treasurer's office along with the appropriate fees (see below).

FEES

The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. For more information on these fees please follow the link for Antique Plates, Military Plates, Sponsored Plates and Sample Plates. Note: For disabled drivers, please see disability plates application form and fees.

WHAT TO DO WITH PLATES WHEN BUYING/SELLING A VEHICLE

Under Montana Law it is mandatory to retain all license plates from a vehicle when selling.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

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