11Jul 2015

In Montana, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is responsible for issuing of driver’s permits. The MVD implemented a graduated driver licensing (GDL) program, the DOJ and MVD require that first time driver’s license applicant complete the GDL program before obtaining their unrestricted driver’s license. The first milestone in the graduated driver licensing program is obtaining your learner’s permit, which allows you to drive but under supervision. However, you will also be required to take a written permit test and a vision test.

If you are a new Montana resident, you have 2 months from the time you arrive to transfer your out-of-state driver’s license. However, you should directly contact the Montana MVD to check if it can be transferred. The written permit test and the vision test may be weaved if you have an out-of-state driver’s license and you had completed Driver’s Ed.  It is important to note that you will be required to surrender your out-of-state learner’s permit or driver’s license when you visit the Montana MVD.

The written permit test consists of multiple choice questions and the questions are based on information directly taken from the Montana Driver’s Manual. The test covers topics that surround the following areas:

  • Safe driving.
  • Montana traffic laws.
  • Traffic signs and their meanings.
  • Vehicle safety
  • Defensive driving
  • Vehicle positioning
  • Signaling and communicating to other drivers
  • Parking
  • Sharing the road
  • Road signage
  • Entering and exiting the freeway
  • Lane use
  • Accident and emergency procedures.

While preparing for the test, theMontana MVD advices applicant to go through the Montana Driver Manual, however, the MVD also has an app that helps applicant prepare for the test. In addition, you can also take online practice test from authorized providers. The test will give you a comprehensive idea of what the test is made of, how the questions are set and how to answer the questions. It will also help you gauge how you will perform in the actual written permit test. A combination of the three is a sure way to prepare and help you pass the test on your first attempt.