When you purchase a car in Montana, you’ll need to receive paperwork from the seller in order to properly transfer ownership.
Use this guide to find out more about the documents the Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) needs to title and register your car following a purchase.
Paperwork for Montana Car Buyers
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What you require to title and register your new car depends on how you bought it: from a dealership, or from a private party.
If you bought a car from a dealer, the dealership will almost always provide your county treasurer’s office with the necessary paperwork needed for titling and registration. However, if circumstances are different for some reason, make sure you obtain EITHER:
- The Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin(MCO) for new cars.
- The vehicle titlefor used or certified pre-owned cars.
For cars purchased from a private seller, you’ll need to obtain the vehicle title in order to transfer ownership yourself.
Items to be completed on the title include the following:
- The current odometer reading.
- The purchase price.
- The sale date.
- Signaturesfrom both you and the seller.
If the title has been lost or not available, it’s the seller’s responsibility to apply for a new one before finishing the sale. They may do so by submitting an Application for Replacement Certificate of Title (Form MV7) to the Montana MVD.
MT Vehicle Registration Paperwork
In order to rightly title and register your car, bring the following paperwork to your local county treasurer’s office:
- A completed vehicle title.
- Insurance documents.
- Lease or lienholder documents, if applicable.
- A completed Application for Certificate of Title for a Motor Vehicle (Form MV1).
- Payment for the fees due.
- Registration fees differsaccording to the model year of the vehicle.
For more information on how to title and register your new car in Montana, visit our sections on Title Transfers and Car Registration.
In addition to those documents above, the following paperwork may be needed when attempting to title and register a vehicle from another state:
- The current out-of-state vehicle registration.
- A completed Statement of Fact (Form MV100).
- A Manufacturer’s Certificate of OriginOR a bill of sale.
- May be required if you don’t have a title.
- Your out-of-state license plates.
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If you purchase a vehicle without a title or registration and the seller is unable to apply for duplicate, you’ll need to get a bonded title. You will need:
- An Affidavit/Application for Title With Insufficient Evidence of Ownership or Bonded Certificate of Title (Form MV10). The surety bond section only applies to dealers.
- A completed Vehicle Identification Number Inspection Certificate (Form MV20).
- Any proof of ownership such as a bill of sale, canceled check, or copy of your registration certificate.
- All applicable fees (these are listed on the application).
Drop all of this off in person at your local county treasurer’s office, or mail it to:
- Vehicle Services Bureau
- Motor Vehicle Division
- Montana Department of Justice
- 302 N Roberts
- Helena, MT 59620
Bill of Sale
Though a bill of sale is not needed for registering and titling your vehicle, it’s always smart to keep a copy of one for your records. You’ll probably never require it, but if you do you’ll be glad you have it on file.