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How to Renew a Driver's License in Montana

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Montana Drivers License Renewal

Montana DMV license renewal is a necessary process for all drivers who wish to continue their driving privileges. In order for drivers to smoothly complete a drivers license renewal in MT, they must first understand how to renew drivers licenses. In the state, renewing drivers licenses can take place either in person at a Montana DMV or by mail (depending on the county you live in or if you are currently deployed out-of-state by the military). In either method, drivers are required to turn in the required documents in order to renew drivers licenses. To learn more about these requirements, and how to renew drivers license in Montana, continue reading the following sections.

How to Renew Your MT Driver's License



Renew Montana Drivers License

Note: The expiration date of your driving privileges can be found on your license, directly below your date of birth.


Renewing drivers licenses in MT can occur through two of the following methods: in person at a Montana DMV or by mail if you are deployed in the military or live in a specific county. Non-military members who would like to complete a drivers license renewal by mail in Montana must live in one of the following counties: Carter, Garfield,, Golden Valley, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Petroleum, Prairie Treasure or Wibaux. Drivers license online in Montana is not currently available. When renewing drivers licenses in MT you may be requested to bring in the following:

  • Proof of identity such as an ID card, or passport.
  • Your Social Security card.
  • Proof of current residence in the state of Montana.
  • Payment for the drivers license.

Fees

Montana drivers license renewal fees are dependent upon the length of years the drivers license is valid for. On average, fees cost about $5 per year, with an additional 50 cent fee for mailing out the reminder of when your drivers license will expire. Certain DMV license renewal fees are as follows:

  • $40.50 for a drivers license that is valid for 8 years.
  • $35.50 for a drivers license that is valid for 7 years.
  • $30.50 for a drivers license that is valid for 6 years.
  • $25.50 for a drivers license that is valid for 5 years.

MT drivers license renewal fees are payable by check, money order, credit or debit card.

When to Renew Your Montana Driver's License

You can renew drivers licenses in Montana up to six months prior to its expiration date. It is recommended to complete your drivers license renewal before it expires to avoid receiving any fines or tickets for driving with an expired drivers license. If you are renewing drivers licenses in MT by mail, begin the process early on as it takes longer than renewing in person. If you are choosing to complete a drivers license renewal in person, also consider making an appointment to avoid long wait times.

Expired License

Expired licenses in Montana can still be renewed, but drivers will have to pay an additional fine dependent upon the amount of time the license was expired for. In the state of Montana, drivers can still complete the drivers license renewal up to three months after the expiration date without repeating the licensing process. It is illegal to drive with an expired drivers license in MT, and those caught doing so can face fines and license suspension. Drivers who are unsure of their current drivers license status are recommended to order a drivers record prior to filing for a DMV license renewal.

Temporary Permits

In the state of Montana, select drivers may be eligible to receive a temporary permit. To learn if you are eligible for a temporary permit, inquire with your local MT DMV.

Note: Those with a suspended, revoked, or canceled drivers license will not be eligible to receive any temporary permits.

Requirements to Renew a Montana License

Renewing drivers licenses in Montana can only be completed by submitting the required documents and passing any necessary tests at your local DMV. Certain required documents to renew drivers licenses in MT include but are not limited to:

  • Current license or proof of identity, such as a passport or birth certificate.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of a physical address in the state Montana, such as a utility bill, or lease agreement.

Drivers who have had a recent change in visual health, or are 60 years of age or older, may be asked to take a vision exam at the DMV or with a licensed examiner. Drivers may also be required to complete a written driving exam. For those who need to take a written exam, it is recommended to first take an online practice test.

Renew a MT Suspended License

Drivers license renewal in MT is not available for drivers with a suspended, canceled or revoked drivers license. In order to renew drivers licenses that have expired in Montana, the driver must first take the necessary steps to reinstate their driving privileges. In order to reinstate privileges, drivers may have to pay any outstanding fines, attend traffic school or pass a written driving exam. It is recommended that drivers who must take a written exam first take an online practice test to familiarize themselves with the rules of the road. If you are unsure of your current drivers license status, order a driving record first.

MT Drivers License Online Renewal

Drivers license renewal online is currently unavailable in the state of Montana. Drivers looking to complete their drivers license renewal in MT must complete the process in person or by mail (if living in one of the qualifying counties or out-of-state as an active military member).

Renewing Your MT Drivers License in Person

Drivers license renewal in MT can be completed within the Montana DMV. It is recommended that those who choose to renew drivers licenses at the DMV first make an appointment to avoid long wait periods. Once you have your appointment set, you will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Proof of identity such as a passport or birth certificate.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of residency within the state MT, such as a utility bill or lease agreement.

You must also submit the required renewal fee in order to complete the MT DMV license renewal process.

Non-U.S. Citizen

Non U.S citizens are still eligible to renew drivers license in Montana. In order for a non-U.S citizen to renew a drivers license, he or she must renew in person at the Montana DMV. Non-US Citizens are not eligible to complete a DMV license renewal by mail. Once the driver has made his or her appointment at the local DMV, he or she will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Proof of identity, such as an ID or Passport.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of residence, such as a utility bill.
  • Proof of your legal status in the country.

Note: Non-U.S citizens renewing drivers licenses must be able to present a valid permanent residency card.

Out-of-State Military Renewal

Out-of-state drivers license renewal can be completed by deployed military members. Military members have until 30 days after being discharged from service to renew drivers licenses. However, renewing drivers licenses while out of state is still an option. To complete a Montana DMV license renewal from out-of-state, military personnel must submit the following documents by mail:

  • A completed Military Exempt Status Driver License by Mail application (Form 24-1303).
  • Copy of your MT drivers license.
  • Copy of your passport or birth certificate.
  • Military orders or an earnings statement.
  • Payment for the drivers license renewal fee.

Out-Of-State Military: Renew Online

Out-of-state military cannot currently renew drivers licenses online. All military personnel must complete a dmv license renewal by mail.

Non-Military: Renew By Mail

Renewing drivers licenses by mail is available to military personnel, and those living in qualified counties. Montana residents living in the following counties are eligible to renew drivers licenses in MT by mail: Carter, Garfield, Golden Valley, Jefferson, Judith Basin, Madison, Petroleum, Prairie, Treasure or Wibeaux.

In order to complete a MT drivers license renewal by mail, drivers must submit the following documents:

  • Copies of your birth certificate or passport.
  • A completed drivers license renewal application.
  • Proof of MT residency, such as a copy of a utility bill or lease agreement.
  • Payment for the drivers license renewal fee.

Drivers License Extensions

For military personnel that may find it challenging to renew drivers licenses while overseas or out-of-state, drivers license extensions are automatically granted. Military personnel receive an extension that keeps their driver license valid 30 days after being discharged. This drivers license exemption can be found printed on your military level drivers license. The spouses of out-of-state military personnel cannot receive the same extension; however, they are eligible to complete up to two Montana DMV license renewals by mail. For more information on determining your eligibility for a drivers license extension, contact your local MT DMV.

Submitted by squeegy63 (not verified) on 2nd Oct 2012

The links to the forms needed

The links to the forms needed for by mail renewal are broken on this page. I found the forms last night but can't seem to locate the same page I used then.

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