• Britta Cech

Q&A: State of Montana Vehicle Registration

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

1. What is required to register a vehicle in Montana?

Vehicle registration in Montana can be done for an existing vehicle you own (a transfer) or for a new/used vehicle you have just purchased. You can register luxury cars, boats and other watercraft, RVs, ATVs, motorcycles, snowmobiles, trailers, trucks, and antique and classic cars.

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First, you’ll need a title or Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (also called Statement of Origin, or an MCO) proving ownership of the vehicle. Second, you’ll need to provide proof of Montana residency. If you are not a Montana resident, you can set up Montana limited liability company (LLC) which can purchase and register vehicles in the state. An LLC is a standalone business entity that can be set up for any lawful purpose. It offers some protections from personal liability.


In order to form an LLC in Montana, you need to designate a registered agent. MT Vehicles can help you by:

  1. Assisting with and filing paperwork to form an LLC

  2. Acting as your required registered agent for your LLC

  3. Providing the required physical Montana address for your LLC

  4. Forwarding your mail associated with your LLC and your vehicle registration

Once your Montana LLC is set up, you can register vehicles under your LLC’s name. On your vehicle title or MCO, in the place where the owner is listed, you’ll put your LLC information (not your individual name).


2. How do I get a Montana license plate?

LLCTLC can register your vehicle under your Montana LLC as soon as you provide the necessary documents, including either the signed Montana vehicle title application or the Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO). Montana doesn’t require vehicle inspections and you won’t even have to bring your vehicle in-state for the registration process. Once all your paperwork is submitted, you should expect your plates and registration within approximately three weeks.