Drivers Permits in Montana
Obtaining an instruction permit, or what the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) terms a Traffic Education Learner's License, is the first step in Montana's graduated license program.
If you're at least 14 1/2 years old, you can only gain a permit by enrolling in a state-approved driver education program. If you're 16 or older, you can bypass the driver education requirement and apply for an instruction permit at any Montana driver exam station.
Age alone doesn't guarantee a permit. First, you must pass a written test. All of the questions are culled directly from material contained in Montana's driver manual. This 203-page tome represents your best source for passing. Practice tests are also available, and come highly recommended for giving you an accurate heads-up on what to expect.
And second, you must pass a vision test.
When applying be sure to bring:
- Proof of identity.
- Proof of Montana residency.
- Proof of authorized presence.
- Cash or check to pay all applicable fees that are contingent on age.
If you're new to Montana and have an instruction permit from another state, your permit will be considered valid for 120 days.
NOTE: You must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when testing.
Your permit is valid for one year and allows you to operate a vehicle, provided you are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 18 or older.
While owning a permit, you'll be required to:
- Hold the permit for a minimum of six months before being allowed to apply for a restricted license.
- Complete 50 hours of driving, including 10 at night.
- Avoid traffic violations and/or any drug- or alcohol-related offenses.
If you allow you permit to expire, you will have to go back to square one. The MVD will treat you like a first time applicant, regardless of how many hours you've driven, and require you to once again pass a written test and a vision test.
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- Graduating From a Drivers Permit to a Restricted Drivers License
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