Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
In the state of Montana, drivers who have done an official address change must submit an address change request to the Montana DMV to have their address changed in the DMV records. Drivers can take care of this at any local Montana DMV office.

Once there, residents may submit an address change request for their driver s license, but also for their car registration. The fees may vary, but the fee for address changing on driver s licenses is $10.

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
To start the process of address changing on your Montana insurance ID card, you should notify the customer service that you have made an official address change. If you want to save time and money, you can obtain a free quote for new auto insurance instead of changing the address with your current insurance provider.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Montana

How do I change my address on my car registration?
If you are a Montana resident and you have recently moved to a new address, you must notify the Montana DMV of the address changing, or you can wait for the date when you will have to renew your registration in order to inform your new County treasurer office of your new address.

To conduct an official address change for car registration, residents may report the change either in person at the County treasurer office, or by mail. If your motor vehicle is permanently registered, you will not need to change address on your car registration.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Montana

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
Montana drivers who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and who have moved recently to a new address, must make an official address change to their CDL license. To do so, visit a local Montana DMV office in person and submit an address change request along with the proper documentation and replacement fee according to the type of CDL they possess. For any additional information, contact the Montana DMV office.
How do I change my address on my drivers license?
Residents of Montana who are changing address when moving must notify the Montana DMV within 10 days of moving to a new address. To submit an address change request for driver’s licenses, residents must go in person to a local Montana DMV office.

For an official address change on your driver’s license, you should visit the nearest Driver Exam Station at your Montana DMV office and pay the $10 replacement driver s license fee.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Montana

How do I change my address on my ID card?
Montana residents who have recently moved to a new address and possess a Montana ID card must notify the Montana DMV within 10 days of moving to a new address. To file an address change request for an ID card, residents must go in person to a local Montana DMV office.

For an official address change on your ID card, you should apply for a replacement at the nearest Driver Exam Station at your Montana DMV office and pay the $10 replacement ID card fee.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Montana

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
Once you have had an official name change, you will need to update the information with all agencies and organizations, including your Montana car insurance company or agent. To start the process of name changing on your insurance ID card, you should find the policy documentation that you have signed and call the number of the customer service written on the documentation. Notify the customer service of your official name change. The company will either update the name and send you a new ID card, or will ask you to make an in person visit.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
If you are a Montana resident wanting to make anofficial name change, to request a name change on your vehicle registration, you need to visit a local Social Security Administration (SSA) and fill out an Application for a Social Security Card. After that, you must visit a Montana DMV office in person and submit a proof of a legal name change in order to receive a car registration with your new name on it.
How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
Montana residents who want to request a name change on drivers license must go through two name changing processes. First, you will have to submit a name change request to the Social Security Administration (SSA) in order to change your name on your social security card. Upon arrival at the SSA, you will have to submit the following documents:

  • Application for a Social Security Card
  • Proof of identity:
    • Montana driver’s license
    • US passport
  • Proof of legal name change:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Court order
    • Divorce decree
  • Proof of authorized presence or Montana residence:
    • A permanent resident card
    • US birth certificate
  • Payment for the drivers license replacement fee

After the name changing process at the SSA, you may visit your local Montana DMV office in person in order to request a name change using one of the above-mentioned documents to support the name changing, or you can mail the documents to the address:

Motor Vehicle Division

302 N. Roberts, Third Floor, Scott Hart Bldg

P.O. Box 201430, Helena, MT 59620-1430

How do I change my name on my ID card?
Residents of Montana who have recently done a name changing and who want to submit a name change request for a Montana ID card, must go through a two-part process. They must visit both the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Montana DMV office in person, presenting the following documents:

  • Proof of legal name change:
    • Marriage certificate
    • Court order with name change approval
    • Divorce decree
  • Payment for the ID card replacement fee

You may need to present additional documents to prove your identity in the case you do not have your current driver’s license with you.

How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
Residents of Montana who have recently had an official name change, before updating their records at a Montana DMV office, they first need to submit a name change request at the Social Security Administration (SSA). In order to do that, you should contact or visit in person a local SSA office and submit an Application for a Social Security Card. Applications for an updated Social Security card may also be submitted by mail. Once you ve successfully applied for an official name change, the SSA will send you your updated Social Security card within 10 business days.
How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
In order to update your name on your car registration, you must obtain an updated Social Security card first. After this, visit a local Montana DMV office with your official name change documentation to order a corrected car registration. Car registration duplication fees may vary according to the type of motor vehicle you operate.
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
Residents of Montana who have recently had an official name change need to update their name at a local SSA office and at a local Montana DMV office. When going through the process of name changing, you will have to pay fees for the documents that need an update.

For an updated driver’s license and ID card, the fee is $10, while the duplicate certificate or car title costs $12. For more information on the fees for a name changing, contact a local Montana DMV office.

How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
Montana residents who have recently had an official name change need to update their name at a local SSA office and at a local Montana DMV office. Residents will have to pay fees for the documents that need an update.

For an updated driver’s license and ID card, the fee is $10, while the duplicate certificate or car title costs $12. For more information on the fees for a name changing, contact a local Montana DMV office.

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
Residents of Montana who apply for an official address change must submit certain documentation to establish their identity and Montana residency. Documents that can prove the Montana residency of the driver include the following:

  • A bank statement
  • A payroll check or payroll check stub
  • A utility bill or utility hook-up order
  • Canceled mail addressed to the applicant
  • A U.S. or Montana income tax return from the previous year
  • A Montana voter registration card
  • A current automobile or life insurance policy or statement

For more information: How to Apply for a New Drivers License in Montana

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
If you are a non-United States citizen living in Montana, you need to present the following documentation for an address changing:

  • Proof of immigration status:
    • Form I-551 (Lawful Permanent Resident Card, Machine Readable Immigrant Visa) with your unexpired foreign passport
    • I-766 (Employment Authorization Document, EAD, work permit)
    • I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) or admission stamp in the unexpired foreign passport
  • Proof of work eligibility:
    • Non-citizens need permission to work from DHS
    • Foreign workers need to show their:
      • I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) or admission stamp in the unexpired foreign passport
      • I-766 (Employment Authorization Document, EAD, work permit) from DHS
  • Proof of age:
    • Your foreign birth certificate. If you don t have your foreign birth certificate, you can present your passport or a DHS document, as evidence of your age
  • Proof of identity:
    • I-551 Permanent Resident Card
    • I-94 Arrival/Departure Record with unexpired foreign passport or admission stamp in the unexpired foreign passport
    • I-766 Employment Authorization Document

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Montana

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
Drivers in Montana who have recently had an official address change must notify the Montana DMV within 10 days. If you are a driver who fails to submit an address change request in this time, you will be subject to a fine if a law enforcement official pulls you over and finds out that you have the wrong address on your license. To submit an official address change form to the Montana DMV, visit your local Montana DMV office.

For more information: Address Change in Montana

When must I change my address with the DMV?
Residents of Montana who are changing address when moving must notify the Montana DMV within 10 days of moving to a new address. To submit an address change request for driver’s licenses, residents must present the needed documentation in person at a local Montana DMV office or complete and send the application and other documents to the following address:

Motor Vehicle Division

302 N. Roberts, Third Floor, Scott Hart Bldg

P.O. Box 201430, Helena, MT 59620-1430

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Montana