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The MVD requires that snowmobiles be permanently registered. This means you pay one flat rate ($60.50) and then never have to worry about annual registration forms and fees, as long as you own the snowmobile.
Snowmobile rental companies are exempt from this rule. Instead, rental snowmobiles can be registered annually for the first two years ($40.50 first year, $20 second year), but starting the third year, the snowmobiles must be permanently registered.
To register, complete an Application for Certificate of Title for a Motor Vehicle and drop it off, along with the registration fee and the title fee of $10, at your local county treasurer's office.
You'll receive a gold registration decal with the word "Perm" (short for permanent) that must be affixed to the left side of the snowmobile's cowl.
An ATV, or what is defined in Montana Statute 61-1-101 as a quadricycle, requires permanent registration with the MVD. If you plan on operating your ATV on type of public road, including national forest two-tracks, a license plate is also required.
To register, complete an Application for Certificate of Title for a Motor Vehicle and decide on which permanent registration fee to pay. Off-highway costs $61.50, whereas street legal/ off-highway combined costs $114.50. Once you have your papers and fees in order you must deliver them to your local county treasurer's office. You'll also have to pay a $10 title fee.
To drive an ATV on a public road, you will need a motorcycle endorsement. Operators under the age of 16, but at least 12 years old, must carry proof of having passed an Off-Highway Vehicle Safety Education course, and be accompanied by a person with a legal driver's license.
Out-of-State ATV Visitors
If your ATV is registered in another state, you can legally operate it within Montana for up to 30 days. If you are from out-of-state and your ATV is not registered you can obtain a temporary use permit by completing an Off-Highway Vehicle Nonresident Temporary Use Permit Application and mailing it to:
- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
- ATTN: Information Center
- 1420 East 6th Ave.
- P.O .Box 200701
- Helena, MT 59620-0701
Trailers require permanent registration. You must deliver a completed Application for Certificate of Title for a Motor Vehicle to your county treasurer's office along with the appropriate registration fee. If your trailer is under 6,000 pounds you'll pay $61.25. But if it is 6,000 pounds or more you'll pay $148.25.
To legally operate a travel trailer in Montana you will need to permanently register it with the MVD. Simply complete an Application for Certificate of Title for a Motor Vehicle and drop it off along with the appropriate fee ($72 if under 16-feet; $152 16-feet or more) at your county treasurer's office.
Other Topics in This Section
- Register Car
- Registration Renewal
- Registration & Insurance
- Replacing a Lost Registration
- RV & Motorhome Registration
- Custom Built Car Registration
- Boat Registration and Licenses
- Title Transfers
- Replacing a Lost Title
- Salvaged Vehicles
- Special Vehicles
- Drivers with Disabilities
- License Plates & Placards
- Smog & Emission Checks
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