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NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS
Following are the basic requirements for applying for a Montana driver's license:
- Applicants must be 15 years or older.
- Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must complete the graduated driver licensing process. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
- Everyone must pass the vision, written, and driving tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
- Applicants must provide acceptable proper identification.
- Applicants must provide proof of Montana residency and presence.
Montana residents holding a driver's license from another state may also need to pass the three tests. The written and/or driving tests may be waived at the discretion of the examiner. However, like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification, residency and presence.
Non-US citizens residing in Montana may apply for a Montana driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States, and meet all the other requirements. Note that a Montana driver's license issued to a foreign national will expire no later than the last date on which they are authorized to be in the United States by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
The cost for a non-commercial (Class D) Montana driver's license is $40.
The validity of a Montana driver's license is based on the driver's age at the time the license was issued.
- For drivers below 21, the license is valid until their 21st birthday, after which it may be renewed.
- For drivers between 21 and 67, the driver's license is valid for eight years.
- For drivers between 68 and 74 years of age, the license is valid until their 75th birthday.
- Driver's licenses for those 75 and older are valid for four years.
With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Montana with a learner's license. See more information on learner's licenses here.
- See also Renewing Your License.
- For information on other types of licenses, see Commercial Driver's Licenses, Motorcycle Licenses.
- It is necessary to have active Auto Insurance in order to drive legally in Montana.
- New drivers see our Driver Education , Driving Schools, Beginner Drivers and Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers sections.