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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Montana

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Montana drivers licenses are required for all residents who want to legally drive on public roadways. An MT DMV drivers license is an important document for all Montana drivers to have because it certifies that you understand traffic laws and how to safely operate a motor vehicle. A driving license also serves as an official identification document that is accepted by all government agencies. To be eligible for a new drivers license, applicants must fulfill a number of requirements set by the Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).

Did you know? A majority of new drivers fail the written driving exam on the first try. Studying with our DMV practice exam will greatly increase your chances of passing.

How to Apply for a Montana Driver's License:

  • Visit an MT DMV location.
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Pass the written DMV exam.
  • Take and pass the driving test.
  • Pass a vision screening.
  • Pay Montana driver's license fees.

Discover how to get drivers license privileges in Montana by reviewing the topics below.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Montana

Obtaining a Montana drivers license begins with filling out a drivers license application. Qualified driving applicants may apply for any of the below DMV licenses:

  • Learners drivers license - This license is granted to teen drivers who may operate a motor vehicle under certain restrictions. In Montana, there are three types of instruction permits: the Traffic Education Permit (TEP), the Traffic Education Learner License (TELL) and the Learner License.
  • Class D drivers license - This license is granted to drivers who may operate non-commercial vehicles that weigh less than 26,000 pounds (GVWR).
  • Motorcycle endorsement/learner license - This license is granted to drivers who may operate a motorcycle.
  • Commercial drivers license (CDL) - A Class A, B or C license is granted to drivers who may operate commercial vehicles.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Montana

A Montana DMV drivers license is required of any resident who intends to operate a motor vehicle within the state. In order to obtain a new drivers license, driving applicants must meet all of the requirements outlined by the MT Motor Vehicle Division. Before receiving a full MT license to drive, residents will have to pass a written test, a road test and a vision screening, as well as show proof of identity, legal presence in the U.S. and in-state residency.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Montana New Drivers (Over 18)

A Montana drivers license is only issued to drivers once they have taken and passed a series of exams, including a written driver's test.

MT Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

Driving applicants preparing for the written driver's test can benefit from reviewing a study guide and taking a MT practice permit test. Our Montana DMV practice test contains questions similar to the ones you'll encounter on the actual exam.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in MT

Montana residents applying for a drivers license are required to make an appointment at a local MVD branch to present the required documentation. New drivers license applicants must bring the following documents:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of authorized presence in the United States.
  • Proof of Montana residency.

MT Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

To get a Montana DMV drivers license, driving applicants must be at least 15 years of age and have held a learner's permit for at least six months to be considered eligible. When applying for drivers license privileges in Montana, you will have to present the proper documentation, and pass a written driver's exam, a driving skills exam and a vision screening. The purpose of these tests is to certify that you are capable of being a safe driver.

MT Written/Driving Test

Before obtaining a full Montana drivers license, all driving applicants must receive a passing score on both their written driver's test and driving skills test, as well as meet minimum vision requirements. To increase your chances of passing the written exam, you can take a practice permit test. Our DMV practice test contains similar questions to the ones on the actual exam, making it a reliable study tool.

MT Driving Test

The Montana driver's exam tests your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle and obey traffic laws. Select driving maneuvers that may appear on the exam include the following:

  • Your ability to drive at a safe speed.
  • Your ability to recognize and obey traffic signs.
  • Your ability to properly signal and turn.
  • Your ability to follow from a safe distance.

Driving applicants are required to supply the vehicle in which to perform the read exam. The driving applicant's vehicle must be in safe working order and have a license plate.

New Montana Resident

Drivers who have recently moved to Montana are required to transfer their out-of-state driver's license within 60 days of establishing residency. You will be required to visit a local DMV branch and present proof of identity, in-state residency and authorized presence in the U.S. New Montana residents also have to obtain in-state car insurance, as well as car title and registration. In some cases, new residents may be considered exempt from taking a written driver's test and a driving skills exam.

Replace Driver's License in Montana

If your driver's license becomes lost, stolen or damaged, you may visit any MT driver license exam station to obtain a duplicate drivers license. For more information about getting an MT replacement drivers license and the fees associated with this process, click here.

Locate a DMV in Montana

For your convenience, you can use our MT DMV locations page to easily review a number of different office locations in your area and obtain contact information.