Montana Driver’s Permits
In Montana, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) is responsible for issuing of driver’s permits. MVD has implemented a graduated driver licensing (GDL) program, DOJ and MVD require that every teen should complete the GDL program before obtaining their first 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.
Montana Learner’s Permit
You can apply for a Montana Learner’s Permit if you meet the following requirements: You are at least 14 ½ years old and enrolled in a Driver’s Ed course or between 15 and 16 years old and have completed a Driver’s Ed course.
To apply for your Montana Learner’s Permit, visit your local Montana MVD office with the following documents:
- proof of your identity
- proof of Montana residency
- Pass the written knowledge exam
- Pass the vision test
- Pay the learner’s permit fee
While holding your Montana Learner’s Permit, you must drive under the following restrictions: You must be supervised by your parents or an adult who is more than 18 years and has a valid driver license and all passengers in the vehicle must wear a seatbelt while driving.
Provisional Driver’s License
You can apply for your Provisional Driver’s License if you have held your learner’s permit for more than six months, if you have no alcohol/drug offenses or traffic violations while holding your learners permit and if you have completed the required 50 hours of supervised driving experience, with 10 hours completed at night.
To apply, you will need to visit the Montana DMV office with the following documents:
- A Graduated Driver Licensing Parent/Legal Guardian Certification (Form 21-1600). Completed by your parent or guardian.
- Pass the DMV road test.
- Provide proof of your identity
- Provide proof of legal U.S. presence
- Proof of Montana residency
- Pay the $5 per year driver’s license fee
While holding your Provisional Driver’s License, you can drive between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. without supervision. For the first 6 months you may only have 1 passenger (non-family member) who is younger than 18 year old. However, after the first six months you can have up to 3 passengers (non-family member) who are below 18 years old.