Montana Motor Vehicle Division

S.K. Rossi, of the ACLU of Montana, speaks at a press conference at the Montana Capitol Wednesday in support of bill that would stop the state from suspending the driver’s licenses of people who fail to pay their court debts. Jan. 9, 2019.
Tim Pierce / UM Legislative News Service

Montana lawmakers are considering a change to when drivers licenses can be suspended. Critics of current law say taking away some people’s ability to drive criminalizes poverty.

The bill draft would take away the ability of a judge to suspend someone’s license if they fail to pay court fines, costs or restitution.

Drivers in Kalispell and Missoula now have a new option for renewing and replacing their drivers licenses.

A new partnership between the state Motor Vehicles Division and AAA Montana allows AAA to process non-commercial driver license renewals and replacements at AAA offices in Kalispell and Missoula.

Montana Given More Time To Comply With REAL ID

Oct 18, 2017

The federal government gave Montana a one-year extension to comply with the REAL ID law.  Without it, Montanans could not board a commercial airplane or enter federal buildings after January 22, 2018 using their driver’s license.  The alternative was another federally issued identification, like a passport.

The Department of Homeland Security had said it would only grant Montana an extension was if the state made a commitment toward making substantial and documented progress toward complying with REAL ID.

The Montana Department of Justice is asking U.S. Homeland Security for more time to comply with the REAL ID Act, the 2005 federal law passed in the wake of 9/11 requiring stricter identification before boarding an airplane.

Montana's most recent driver's license design incorporates changes for security and durability.
Montana DOJ

Montana’s Motor Vehicle Division announced today it is rolling out newly designed driver's license and ID cards.