Save Time – Go Online
|Appointment Scheduling – Available in the Billings, Bozeman, Columbus, Eureka, Glendive, Great Falls, Hardin, Helena, Kalispell, Miles City, Missoula, Red Lodge, Sidney, Superior, and Townsend stations, the service allows users to schedule certain driver licensing appointments online.|
|Vehicle Registration Renewal – Available to the public. This service allows customers to renew their vehicle registration online by entering either the title number, vehicle identification number (VIN) or vehicle number (found on newer titles).|
|Vehicle Search – Available to businesses and the public. The service allows users to instantly search for and view vehicle record information including owner information, title history and registration information.|
|Driver History Records – Available to the public and to authorized businesses such as insurance agencies and trucking companies that routinely request large numbers of driving records. This service enables authorized users to instantly view driver record information by validating their user information and entering the name, driver license number and birth date of the driver whose record they are requesting. The records do not display the driver’s Social Security number, address or any previous driver license numbers. The service is available to anyone who has a Montana driver license or state-issued identification card.|
|Temporary Registration Permit – Available to Montana vehicle dealers, vehicle services staff in county treasurer offices, and the Title and Registration Bureau.|
The mission of the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is to identify and promote efficient, cost-effective programs that benefit the interests, safety and well-being of Montana citizens through licensing, registering and regulating the motoring activities of the public.
The Division continuously strives for excellence in customer service. Streamlining the way we do business has allowed us to improve our efficiency and make our services more convenient for our customers. A major part of that process is a new computer system – the Montana Enhanced Registration & Licensing Information Network (MERLIN). MERLIN is being implemented in stages, with the most recent involving the April 2009 rollout of the title and registration system throughout the state.
Customers can request their driving records, research a vehicle’s history, schedule an appointment for certain driver license services, perfect a security interest in a vehicle at the time of sale, or renew their vehicle registration online. In the future, watch for online release of security interests in vehicles, calculators to compute anticipated vehicle registration fees, and more.
Contact the Motor Vehicle Division
The Motor Vehicle Division is comprised of four bureaus: The Driver License Bureau, Operations and Customer Support Bureau, Records and Driver Control Bureau, and the Title and Registration Bureau. With the exception of the Title and Registration Bureau, all Motor Vehicle Division offices are located at the following address:
Department of Justice
Scott Hart Building, Second Floor
302 North Roberts
P.O. Box 201430
Helena, MT 59620-1430
MVD Customer Service Center
Phone: (406) 444-3933
Note: To inquire about titling and registering vehicles and vehicle records, contact the Title and Registration Bureau directly.
Brenda Nordlund, Administrator
Driver License Bureau
The Driver License Bureau conducts driver examinations, issues regular and commercial driver licenses and motorcycle endorsements. It also issues identification cards, provides vehicle identification number (VIN) inspections and investigates driver licensing fraud.
Kristine Thatcher, Bureau Chief
Operations and Customer Support Bureau
The Operations and Customer Support Bureau’s function areas include human resources, financials, business communications and website content, online services, the MVD Customer Call Center and the Commercial Driver License Help Desk and Audit.
Bob Pesta, Bureau Chief
Records and Driver Control Bureau
The Records and Driver Control Bureau administers all driver license records and actions, including court-ordered suspensions and revocations.
Greg Noose, Bureau Chief
Title and Registration Bureau
The Title and Registration Bureau in Deer Lodge issues titles and registers vehicles for Montana vehicle owners and lien holders, and provides an automated method to maintain vehicle records. The bureau also provides information to law enforcement agencies and other authorized users across the country.
Joann Loehr, Bureau Chief
Motor Vehicle Division
Montana Department of Justice
1003 Buckskin Drive
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
Phone: (406) 444-3661