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    Why Get an ID Card

    Though not mandatory, Montana identification cards are convenient to carry, especially when it comes to cashing checks, boarding at airports, entering bars, and applying for a driver's license. The cards, which are only open to Montana residents, are issued by the Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) and can be obtained at your local driver exam station.

    How To Apply

    Before you head to your local MVD office for your identification card, make sure that you have the necessary documentation:

    • Proof of identity. The MVD accepts the following documents as proof of identity:
    • Proof of authorized presence in the United States. The documents accepted for such proof include:
      • Your U.S. birth certificate, either the original or a certified copy.
      • Your unexpired U.S. passport.
      • Other accepted documents.
    • Proof of Montana residency. Lastly, an applicant for a Montana photo ID card must show proof that he or she lives in the state of Montana. This can be one of the following documents:

    NOTE: Residents who want BOTH a driver's license and a non-driver ID must use the SAME address on both cards.

    Fees

    The fees for a Montana ID card are based on your age:

    • 21 years old or older: $16.
      • Valid for 8 years.
    • Under 21 years old: $8.
      • Valid for 4 years.

    NOTE: If the driver exam station offers scheduling, you must make an appointment.

    ID Card Renewals

    To renew ID cards in Montana, you must apply in person at a driver’s exam station. Be sure to make an appointment if the office requires them.

    The necessary documentation and fees are the same as for a first-time ID, with the exception that you can use your current Montana ID card as a primary proof of identification.

    Veteran Designation on ID Cards

    The Montana MVD offers a "veteran” designation printed on the face of your state ID card if you are a veteran of the United States military. All honorably discharged U.S. veterans residing in Montana are eligible for the designation.

    To get the veteran designation, you must complete, sign, and submit the Application to Add Veteran Designation to Driver License or ID Card (Form 21-3000). You can apply in person or by mail. Complete instructions are on the application.

    Before you apply for the designation, you must confirm your veteran status with the State of Montana Veteran Affairs Division.

    NOTE: The veteran designation on your driver's license or ID card does NOT prove your eligibility for other MVD benefits for veterans, such as fee waivers.