How to Renew a Driver’s License in Montana
Need to renew your Montana driver’s license? We have collected helpful information to assist you with the renewal process and make it easier and more convenient.
There are three ways to renew a driver’s license in Montana. You can either do it:
- Online application and Checklist download
- By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
- In person at your local DMV office.
To maintain your driving privileges in Montana, you should make it a point to have your Montana driver’s license renewed before its expiry date.
When Should I have my Driver’s License Renewed?
You should have your license renewed before its expiry date which falls on your birthday. To avoid any rush, you may renew your license 180 days before it expires. You may still have your driver’s license renewed three months after its expiration. However, your driving privileges also expire on midnight of the expiry date and your driver’s license is not considered valid until it is renewed.
Methods of renewing my Montana Driver’s Licenses
Except in cases where you may be out of state when your license expires, all renewals must be done personally at any of Montana’s full service driver exam station or a rural station if one is not available in your area.
Please note that if you renew your driver’s license by mail, the next time you process your renewal must be in person at a driver exam station.
Steps in renewing your Driver’s License in Person
It is highly recommended to set an appointment when planning to renew your driver’s license. Scheduling of appointment may be done through phone or online.
Once your appointment has been set, you must be there at the driver exam station with the necessary documents. If you do not have the expiring license, be sure to bring document that will prove your identity. You should also bring the necessary papers if you had a change of name.
You will be asked to fill up the appropriate forms and pay the applicable fee which is currently $40.50. Credit cards are not accepted so you must pay in cash or check.
If you are using a limited-service driver exam station, you must pay your renewal fee at the county treasurer’s office and get a pre-paid receipt which you will present to the driver examiner.
Renew by Mail
To renew a driver’s license in Montana via mail:
1. Send a check or money order, the check or money order must be writen out to Division of Motor Vehicles.
2. Include Proof of Social Security number
3. Photocopy of insurance card. The insurance card must show that there is liability coverage.
Note: If the driver is not the owner of the vehicle and does not have proof of insurance, then he or she will need to enclose a non-ownership of a motor vehicle affidavit along with the other documents.
Steps in renewing your Driver’s License by Mail
Be reminded that you are only allowed to renew by mail if you are a Montana resident and happens to be travelling and is not expected back before the expiration of the license. If you also live in an area where there is no full-service driver exam station, you may also choose to renew your driver’s license by mail.
The process would basically be the same by filling up the necessary forms and surrendering the expiring license. You will also be asked to include in your mail the applicable fee which should be in cash or money order.
When will the New Driver’s License be released?
After completing the renewal process, a temporary license will be issued to you. Your actual driver’s license will be mailed to your address in two or four weeks.