How to Renew Car Registration in Montana
You must apply for car registration renewal in Montana every 12 or 24 months, unless your vehicle is eligible for permanent registration credentials. If you permanently register your passenger car, truck or minivan with the Montana Vehicle Services Bureau (VSB), the registration will not need to be renewed unless there is a change in ownership.
If you receive a renewal notice from the Montana VSB, it will provide you with specific instructions for completing the application process before its expiration. However, even if you have not received a renewal notice, you may still be responsible for renewing your registration.
To apply for VSB registration renewal in MT, you may complete the process online if your address is current with the VSB and you do not need to make any changes to your vehicle’s registration record. If you are not eligible for online renewal, you must apply through your local County Treasurer’s office.
To learn more about these requirements and how to renew your Montana plates before they expire, review the information below.
Applying for License Plate Renewal in Montana
You may renew registration online in MT if you meet certain eligibility requirements. For instance, you must maintain residency in the state, and your current address must be on file with the Montana VSB. Additionally, you cannot renew your vehicle’s registration online if you need to submit proof of eligibility for a military or tribal exemption.
If you cannot apply for online tag renewal due to any of these reasons, visit your local County Treasurer’s office to submit your application materials in person.
If you wish to renew and check vehicle registration status online in MT, visit the state’s electronic renewal portal to provide one of the following:
- Your vehicle number
- Your vehicle identification number (VIN)
- Your title number
After providing this information, enter your name and address to search for your vehicle registration record. Once you perform your online car reg check, you will be able to verify your information for accuracy and review a list of your registration fees.
If you cannot perform your car registration check and renewal online, you will need to complete the car registration renewal process in person. You can visit your local County Treasurer’s office to renew your license plates in person. During your office visit, provide one of the following:
- Your vehicle’s title number
- Your VIN
- Your vehicle number
When applying for DMV car registration renewal in MT, you may need to provide additional information in some situations.
To learn more about vehicle registration renewal, download our free guide.