How much does it cost to register a car in Montana?

What are the fees to register a car in Montana? I’m moving back to Montana to be closer to my family. I’m trying to get all my paperwork done in advance to help make this transition go smoother. I’m having trouble figuring out the fees to register my car.

It’s great to hear you will be closer to your family!
The cost to register a car in Montana will depend on the age of your vehicle, which determines your registration rate and county option tax.
The base rate of registration depends on the age of your vehicle:
  • Vehicles that are zero to four years old: $217
  • Vehicles that are five to ten years old: $87
  • Vehicles that are 11 years old or older: $28
There are three renewal and registration options:
  • 12-month registration: Pay the registration rate, county option tax, other registration fees, and any special plate fees for one year.
  • 24-month registration: For two years, you will pay the registration rate, county option tax, other registration fees (excluding the license fee for 12 months), and any special plate fees.
  • Permanent registration: This is available for owners of smaller vehicles that are 11 years old or older. Renewal isn’t required for permanent registration as long as the title of the vehicle doesn’t change. Fees include registration rate, Montana Highway Patrol Salary, retention fee, county tax, and insurance verification fee.
As you’ll need proof of insurance to register your vehicle, take a look at your insurance options before moving! For an easy way to explore your options, use Jerry. Jerry gathers personalized car insurance quotes from up to 50 top insurance providers, finding you the best coverage for a great rate.
Good luck with your move!
Phoebe Mah
Answered on Nov 05, 2021

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