It’s the rare person who actually looks forward to standing in line at the DMV to get their license plates renewed or secure a title for their new car.
If you live in Missoula County, you now have options for skipping the line at the courthouse all together when you need these services.
Launched earlier this month, the Clerk and Treasurer’s Office now offers “title by email.” If you purchased your vehicle from a dealership or financed it through a bank, you can head to http://missoula.co/titlebyemail to complete the process via email and text.
Missoula County is the first in the state to offer online titling services.
You can also renew your registration online, a service that’s been available for several years. As long as none of the following criteria apply, you can complete your renewal online, and the Missoula County Motor Vehicle Division will mail you your new tags.
- Your name or address changed, you moved to a different county, or you no longer live in Montana.
- You now qualify for an exemption (e.g., military, tribal) that is not reflected on your registration renewal notice. You will be required to show proof of eligibility to receive the benefit of the exemption.
- You want to change your registration period, request a new license plate or adjust your vehicle’s GVW.
- Your deadline to renew has passed, as the state requires in-person registration at that point.
If any of these conditions apply and you do need to head to the physical courthouse, be sure to take advantage of Missoula County’s Virtual Queue at getintheline.us. You can sign up when you get to the courthouse, or online before you even leave your house. After you sign up, you’ll receive a text message that will let you know when there are only a few people ahead of you, allowing you to leave and come back to the courthouse when your wait will be much shorter.
Also keep in mind that Missoula County does not issue driver’s licenses! The State of Montana does that. In Missoula, you can head to the Driver Services Bureau, 2681 Palmer St., No. 1707, to renew or replace your license.
The Missoula County Motor Vehicle Division is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Please note though that all Missoula County offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.)
You can find more information about the Missoula County Motor Vehicle Division online.