Montana Motorist Info
The following information is updated periodically. However, laws and regulations can change between updates. State statutes and local ordinances are the ultimate authorities for these issues.
Points of Interest
- An acceptable definition of “nightime,” for purposes of determining speed limits, is that it’s nighttime if you need a light (dome light, flashlight, etc.) to read your watch.
Rural Interstates: Cars 80, Trucks 70
Urban Interstates: Cars 65, Trucks 65
Other Limited Access Roads: Cars–day 70, night 65, Trucks–day 70 (Light Trucks), 60 (Heavy Trucks), night 65 (Light Trucks), 55 (Heavy Trucks)
These speed limits apply unless a different limit is posted.
Speed Limits Enforcement Techniques
Enforced through use of:
Automated Speed Enforcement: No
Ticket Payment Methods
Consult your ticket or clerk of courts
Trial By Declaration Allowed
Allowed with provisions
Jury Trial Allowed
Member of Nonresident Compact
Member of Driver License Compact
When and Where to File Accident Reports
Accidents involving death, personal injury, or apparent property damage exceeding $250 must be reported immediately to the local authorities or to the Montana Highway Patrol and within 10 days in writing to Montana Highway Patrol Headquarters.
Resident Insurance Requirements
Liability insurance is required (although some states allow posting a cash bond or such as an alternative)
Minimum Coverage Required:
Injury to one person: $25,000
All injuries: $50,000
Property Damage: $10,000
Hand-Held Ban: No
All Cell Phone Ban: No
Texting Ban: No
Enforcement: Not applicable
- Open intoxicants are permitted in the vehicle.
- The BAC level is .08%. Under age 21 the BAC level is .02%.
- Montana does not have an administrative license suspension law, but does have an implied consent law. The breathalyzer refusal penalty is a 6-month driver’s license suspension.
- Loaded firearms may be carried in plain view in passenger compartment or secured in commercial gun cases.
- Studded tires are permitted from October 1 to May 31.
- Tire chains are required when posted.
- Montana has a seat belt law with secondary enforcement for all occupants.
- Montana has a mandatory child restraint law for passengers under 6 years of age or 60 pounds. All children must use approved car safety seats.
- Montana has a mandatory motorcycle helmet law for persons under 18 years of age.
- Registration and insurance card must be carried in the vehicle.
Telephone: 406/444-3780 or 406/444-7000 (State Highway Patrol) or https://doj.mt.gov/driving/driving-safety/ (Montana Dept. of Justice, Driver Services)
Emergency Cellular Phone Number: 800/525-5555