How to do a Montana change of address

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Whenever you move, it's essential to update your address with the relevant government agencies and service providers, including the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). This ensures you continue receiving important documents and services at your new location.

The process of changing your address typically involves updating your driver's license and vehicle registration information, but specifics can vary significantly by state. To help out, we’ve gathered some details for the change-of-address process in Montana.


Key insights

If you have a Montana Real ID, you just need two forms of proof of residency to update your address.

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New and current Montana residents can mail in a change of address form to update the state’s electronic record.

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Register your car within 60 days of your move to Montana.

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It’s $10 for a new Montana driver’s license.

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Preparing for your change of address

Before beginning the process of changing your address, it's important to gather all the necessary documents to avoid any delays or complications. Make sure you know both your old and new addresses, and plan to file your change of address within 10 days of your move.

Two forms of proof of residency are required if you’re a Montana resident with a Real ID. These may include:

  • Valid Montana credential
  • Utility bill
  • Phone bill
  • School transcript or report card
  • Vehicle registration or title
  • First-class mail with postmark
  • Rental agreement or rent receipt

If you’re moving to Montana from another state

New Montana residents have to mail in a “Change of Driver License Address” form within 10 days of their move, but you’ll also have to make an appointment and apply for your license in person.

If you own a vehicle, you’ll also have to register it with the MVD within 60 days of your move. You won’t have to take a driving test to update your license as long as you bring a hard copy of a valid out-of-state license.

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If you’re moving within Montana

Current Montana residents can also mail in the “Change of Driver License Address” form. Just make sure to file within 10 days of your move.

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If you’re moving to another county in Montana, you don’t need to update your address on your vehicle registration until your current registration expires.

If you’re moving from Montana to another state

If you’re moving away from Montana and have a vehicle, you'll need to cancel or transfer your vehicle registration to your new state of residence and follow its specific procedures.

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FAQ

Do I need to update my driver’s license address if I’m moving within Montana?

Yes, you must update your driver’s license within 10 days of your move.

Can I change my address with the Montana MVD online, or do I need to visit an MVD office in person?

You can update the electronic record of your address by mailing a “Change of Driver License Address” form. You’ll have to apply for a new license in person, however.

What documents do I need to bring to the MVD for a change of address?

To update your address in Montana, if you’re already a Montana resident and have a Real ID, bring proof of two of the following:

  • Valid Montana credential
  • Utility bill
  • Phone bill
  • School transcript or report card
  • Vehicle registration or title
  • First-class mail with postmark
  • Rental agreement or rent receipt
Is there a fee to change my address at the MVD?

There’s no fee for updating the electronic record of your address, but there is a $10 fee for a replacement driver's license, plus vehicle registration fees.

Do I need to update my voter registration when I move?

When you move, especially to a different district or state, you need to update your voter registration to reflect your new address. This ensures you can vote in local elections that affect your new community and that you're assigned to the correct polling place.

Do I need to update my insurance policies when I move?

Yes, you need to update your insurance when you move. Moving can affect your insurance policies, including auto, homeowners, renters and health coverage. For all insurance updates, it's best to contact your insurance providers directly to inform them of your move and discuss any necessary changes to your policies. This ensures continuous coverage and that your policies reflect your current needs and location.

Where else do I need to change my address?

Make sure to change your address with the Postal Service, even if your move is temporary. Also take the time to update your address with any subscription services and financial institutions.

Bottom line

Updating your address when you move ensures you remain compliant with state laws and continue receiving essential services and documents.

Be sure to check the specific requirements and procedures for changing the address on your driver's license and vehicle registration by visiting Montana’s MVD website or visiting in person. This will help you navigate the process smoothly and avoid any potential delays or penalties.


Article sources
ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:
  1. Montana Department of Justice, “Real ID.” Accessed April 24, 2024.
  2. Montana Department of Justice, “Change of Driver License Address.” Accessed April 24, 2024.
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