Lake County, Montana

Vehicle Renewals
The following information is required in order for us to renew your vehicle through the mail:
  • Renewal card and/or previous registration -or-
  • Title number -or-
  • Plate number and/or Vehicle identification number
  • Correct mailing address, if your renewal is completed through the mail, and you do not receive it, there will be a charge to you to replace it
  • Phone number
  • Lake County can accept all major credit cards. An additional 3% of the total will be charged as a convenience fee
  • If you have enclosed a check for the exact amount, please remember to include the $5.50 for new license plates to be mailed
  • If you are going to renew the vehicle in person at our office, please be aware that our office charges a $2.00 search fee if the renewal card, previous registration, title number, plate number or vehicle identification number is not present. Only one of these is necessary
  • Please make sure your plates are clean, warm, and dry before applying the tab Duplicate tab is $10 - no matter the situtation
  • The State of Montana requires vehicles that are issued two plates and must display both plates; the registration sticker should be displayed on the back plate. Law enforcement has suggested the all tabs be removed from the front plate to eliminate confusion.
  • Any required forms can be downloaded from DMV Forms

  • We apologize; there is no way we can give out exact quotes. If you did not receive a renewal card, and are going to renew through the mail or use the drop box, you will have to submit a check made out to Lake County Treasurer with the amount left blank. For safety purposes, please write “For deposit only” on the back of the check under the endorsement line. A vehicle 0-4 years old will be approximately $300.00 to $400.00; vehicles 5-10 years old will be approximately $150.00 to $200.00; vehicles 11 years old or older will be approximately $60.00 to $100.00. These estimations do not apply to vehicles that were valued over 60,000.00 when brand new. They also do not apply to vehicles subject to any tax exemption.

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