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Applying for a Montana New Driver’s License – Under 18

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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.

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How to Apply for a Montana Learner's Permit:

  • Be at least 14 and six months of age.
  • Provide proof of enrollment or completion of a drivers ed course.
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Pass the written DMV exam.
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pay Montana driver's license fees.

Applying for an MT Learner's Permit

New drivers applying for a learners permit in Montana must complete what is known as a Graduated Driver Licensing program in order to get a full drivers license. The DMV learners permit is the first stage of three different GDL program stages. The remaining two stages are the intermediate license and the full driver's license.

What is the Graduate Driver Licensing Program in Montana?

To obtain a full Montana driver's license, driving applicants must fulfill the different stages of the graduate driver licensing program. The graduated driver licensing program consists of the following:

  • The instruction permit (learner's permit).
  • The first-year restricted license (provisional driver's license).
  • The full-privilege driver's license (standard driver's license).

Drivers must meet a set list of requirements to be eligible to advance to the next driver's license stage. Advancement requirements include but are not limited to: receiving a passing score on the written driver's exam, the driver skills test, and the vision screening. Certain driving restrictions apply to instruction permit and provisional license holders.

Note: In Montana, three different types of instruction permits are available, including: Traffic Education Permit (TEP), Traffic Education Learner License (TELL) and Learner License. The TEP allows students enrolled in a traffic education course to operate a motor vehicle while accompanied by a certified instructor, and it is only valid while the driving student is enrolled in drivers ed.

The TELL is issued to drivers who are at least 14 years and six months of age, and are either currently enrolled in or have successfully completed a driver education course. TELL permit holders may drive with a certified driving instructor or a parent/legal guardian. Learners license rules and regulations are described in the following sections.

How to Get an MT Learners Permit

Learners Permit Requirements in Montana

To obtain an MT learning permit, driving applicants must meet the following rules and requirements:

  • You must be at least 15 years of age and have successfully completed a drivers ed course to apply or be 16 years of age without driver's education.
  • Pass the written knowledge exam and a vision test.
  • Present documents that confirm your identity, legal presence in the U.S. and in-state residency.
  • Pay the fees.
  • Sign and turn in your Parental Consent form.

Preparing for a Montana DMV Written Exam

To get a drivers permit in Montana you have to pass a state written knowledge exam. The DMV written exam is made up of multiple choice questions that will test your knowledge on road rules, traffic laws and safe driving topics.

Increase your chances of passing the written driver's exam and take your exam with confidence by using one of our practice tests as a preparation tool. Our DMV practice test contains similar questions to the ones that will be featured on the official exam. You can schedule an appointment to take your written knowledge exam at your local MVD driver license exam station. To see a list of DMV offices in your immediate vicinity, click here.

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MO Drivers Education

New drivers who are younger than 16 years of age must complete a driver's ed course before applying for a learners permit. The driver education course must be state-approved and cannot be taken online.

Montana Learners Permit Restrictions

Montana residents with a permit for driving are only permitted to drive with a parent, guardian or a licensed driver who is older than 18 and has been given permission to act as a supervising driver by the new driver's parents or legal guardian. Supervising drivers must occupy the front passenger's seat.

Montana Provisional Licenses

A provisional, or first-year restricted driving license, is the second stage of the Graduated Licensing Program in Montana. In order to apply for an intermediate license, new drivers must:

  • Hold a learner's license for at least six consecutive months.
  • Complete 50 hours of behind-the-wheel experience, 10 of which must have been conducted at night. The required hours should be completed within a minimum of six months.
  • Have not received any traffic violations or drug/alcohol-related offenses in the last six months prior to applying for an intermediate license.

One of the Montana provisional driving license requirements is to prove your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle by taking a road test at your local DMV branch. Your intermediate driver's license will be granted upon successful completion of the driving skills test.

MT Provisional License Driving Restrictions

Drivers with a first-year restricted license, also referred to as an intermediate license, must observe the following restrictions:

  • May not drive between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., unless commuting to/from school, work, church, farm-related activities, other parent-authorized purposes, or for an emergency situation.
  • During the first six months of driving with a provisional license, new drivers may transport only one unrelated passenger younger than 18, unless supervised by a licensed adult driver. After six months, a new driver may transport three unrelated passengers younger than 18, or more passengers when accompanied by a licensed adult.

Replacing an MT Learners Permit

If your Montana learners permit becomes lost, stolen or damaged, you can apply for a learners permit replacement at a local MVD licensing station. You will be granted a new permit after presenting the proper identification and paying a replacement fee.

Locate a Montana DMV

Whether you need to speak to a DMV representative or locate the DMV branch nearest you, you can find important contact information by clicking here.