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Identification Cards in Montana

SUMMARY: Montana Identification Cards

To apply for a MT identification card, you must visit a MVD office and provide proof of your residency, identity, lawful U.S. presence, and pay the required fee. Renewals must be completed in person. If you've lost or damaged your ID card, you will need to re-apply.

This page will help you obtain an ID card from the Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).

Apply for a Montana ID Card

To be eligible for a Montana identification card, you must be a legal resident of the state. To apply, visit your local Montana MVD office.

NOTE: Depending on the office you visit, you may be required to make an appointment. Call ahead to be sure.

You will need to submit:

  • Proof of your:
    • Identity (e.g., birth certificate, passport, Social Security card). (2 documents required.)
    • Authorized U.S. presence (e.g., U.S. passport, foreign passport and I-94, U.S. birth certificate).
    • Montana residency (e.g., car insurance policy, rental agreement, recent bank statement).
  • Your Social Security number (SSN).
  • Payment for the fee:
    • Younger than 21 years old: $8 for 4 years.
    • 21 years old and older: $16 for 8 years.

Veteran Designation

If you are eligible, you may have a veteran designation on your Montana ID card. You will need to complete the Application to Add Veteran Designation to Driver License or ID Card (Form 21-3000) and submit it either in person or by mail.

See the application form for fees and instructions.

Fees for a MT Identification Card

The length of validity and cost of an ID card in Montana depends on your age:

  • Younger than 21 years old: $8 for 4 years.
  • 21 years old and older: $16 for 8 years.

The costs above apply to replacements and renewals also.

Renew an Identification Card

Your Montana ID card will be valid for either 4 years or 8 years, depending on your age. You can renew it:

  • Up to 6 months before it expires.
  • 3 months after it expires.

You must renew your ID card in person at a Montana MVD office and:

NOTE: If you live in a rural location with limited services, you must first pay your fee at a MT county treasurer’s office and submit the receipt at the MVD office.

You will be mailed your new ID card.

Replace an ID Card

If you’ve lost or damaged your Montana ID card, you cannot apply for a replacement. You'll need to re-apply for an ID card by following the instructions above.

NOTE: If your missing or damaged ID card expires within the next 6 months, you may be able to renew it.

Change Your Name or MT Address

If you move to a new address in Montana, you must update your MVD records within 10 days. It is not necessary to obtain a replacement ID card showing your new address, but if you choose to do so, you must pay a duplicate card fee.

For more information, see our Change of Address in Montana page.

If you’ve changed your name, you must visit your local MT MVD office and provide proof of your name change as well as payment for a replacement ID card.

For more information, visit our Changing Your Name in Montana page.

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