Montana License Plate

Montana License Plate


The residents who still need to register their new vehicles and claim a Montana license plate may have many questions on the subject. Also, many questions may arise concerning the registration process, application for number plates, the obligatory costs and the types available.

This article will help you orient what documents you need for the application, what types of tabs you find preferable and many more. We will make sure that you find the information you are searching for. So, stay with us and be informed!


Like in any other state, numberplate registration is essential. There is a time limitation to registering your vehicle. Generally, there is only a 60-day timeframe to complete the registration and title the vehicle.

To title your car properly, you need the following documents with you:

  • Proof of insurance
  • Driver license
  • Payment

For motorcars, you need to have the following:

  • Previous titles
  • Out of state title

The general standard option of the vanity-plates contains five digits and two letters. Each vehicle should carry two vanity-plates (in the front and rear).

It is common that when you buy a used car, the previous owner takes off the tags to keep them. For this, you will be issued temporary plates, until you obtain your permanent ones. They are given for a limited time – 40 days only. Generally, you get them from the Treasurer’s office.

Available types

Well, Montana is known for the variety of its tags. There are so many different types offered, that even selecting one is sometimes hard.


First, let’s talk about the Standard option. They contain two letters and 5 digits. Drivers are required to get both front and rear tabs. There are 19 states that allow only rear plates, still Montana is not one of them.


These are sponsored and authorized by institutions and various organizations. Each one of them stands out for its specific design, color combination, background.

Sponsored tabs should be renewed annually. Commonly half or all the fee is donated to the sponsored companies as a contribution. To obtain them, the residents have two options of acquiring:

  • Without eligibility requirements
  • With eligibility requirements

So, below you can see the listing. There are so many, that it may seem a little confusing at first.

Arts and Culture

Here is the list representing art and culture:

  • International Choral Festival
  • Association of Symphony orchestras
  • Arts and Culture embrace 4 main kinds
  • DMA MT Celtic
  • MT Diva
  • Eureka MT Quilt Show

If you are interested in any of them, then you might also wonder how much they cost.

  • Donation – $20
  • Production – $10
  • Administration – $10
  • Renewal – $20


The numberplates connected to education are so many in number. So, you have the chance to get acquainted to the full list:

  • Belgrade Education Foundation
  • Big Sky Ski Team for Education
  • Billings Senior High
  • Fort Benton High Club
  • Glasgow Scotty Booster Club
  • Great Falls College Montana State University
  • Bozeman Hawk Boosters
  • Hardin High School
  • Billings Christian School Education Foundation
  • Rocky Mountain College
  • Beyond the Classroom
  • Wildcat Athletic Endowment Association

Agriculture and Forestry

This is another field that comes with a variety of options:

  • Agricultural Heritage Foundation
  • Better the Farm
  • Department of Livestock – Livestock Loss Board
  • Government and Communities
  • Farm Bureau Foundation

Government and Communities

There are about 12 variations of this type. They are the following:

  • Blackfeet Tribe
  • Butte-Silver Bow Government
  • Fort Belknap Indian Community
  • Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork
  • Milestown Community Improvement, Inc.
  • Flathead Lake Protection Association
  • Northern Cheyenne Tribe


Here, again the choices are in abundance. The number goes over twenty. Here are the most acquired of them:

  • Air Force Veteran
  • Air Force Active Duty
  • Army Active Duty
  • Air Force Reserve
  • Army Veteran


Perhaps, only Antiques are few in number. There are three of them, which are the following:

  • Pioneer
  • Vintage
  • Original

For automobiles older than 30 years, vintage and pioneer tabs are available. These vehicles are old, and they are usually included in collections rather than used as a transportation means. Original are those that were given when the automobile was first manufactured and registered in the state.

So, we tried to give you brief, yet thorough information on the application process, also, introduce to you the list of the tags available. Now, the choice is up to you!