Need some help from someone in MT. We're returning to the US soon, and
my spouse has purchased a Jeep that he is picking up from a dealer in
We don't live in MT, so we need to get temp tags so we can drive across
the US and register the vehicle at our final destination.
Having a bit of trouble finding information on Montana temporary
registrations. It appears to be good for 40 days. Can some one confirm
this, or provide me with a more accurate time if this is wrong?
To stay On Topic, Yes, the Dakota is being shipped back to the US after
it's multi-year adventure overseas. Assuming, of course, that it
doesn't end up in the ocean someplace on it's way home...
Jodi, take a look here: http://doj.mt.gov/driving/licenseplates.asp
Down at the bottom of the page is a section on temp plates.
I'd think your selling dealer would have all the info at hand.
If you need some phone searching done give me a shout and if needed I will
call the plate issueing folks.
Oh, I sniped the On Topic stuff, screw the nannies.<G>
Also note my reply about transit plates being avaialble but issued by
the destination state not the state where the vehicle is/was
purchased. However, this may vary.
Again, in NH the dealer would put a 20 day temp plate on any vehicle
they sell, (I think the cost is about $15). I suspect MT is the same
in that regard.
Suddenly, without warning, PeterD exclaimed (4/11/2008 10:54 PM):
This varies. We've done this before - got temp tags in MT, and
registered the vehicle in VA. Also, MT has no sales tax, which is one
reason why we're picking it up there. VA isn't very nice - if you don't
pay the same amount of taxes on your vehicle you would in VA, they'll
charge you the difference. But, if you pay more, of course they don't
I remembered the MT temp tags as being 30 days, but hubby didn't believe
me (my memory is notoriously unreliable) and we needed to know to plan
our cross-country journey.
I'm sure Montana has transit plates, most states do. What you want to
do is not uncommon, just make sure you don't pay sales tax in Montana
if you don't have to. Some dealers will charge you the tax even if you
are not required to pay it (most states the dealer doesn't collect
sales tax, it is done at registration time.)
Transit plates that I've seen are usually 10 or 20 days. Also,
*IMPORTANT* transit plates are issued by the state where you will
eventually register the vehicle, not the state where you buy it!
In NH, where I am, to get transit plates, I have to show a bill of
sale or other documentation that I've bought the vehicle. They then
issue a transit registration and a paper plate. Took me about 20
minutes the last time, mostly a wait in line because someone was ahead
of me! <g>
NH??? Hell they don't require insurance there.<G> Backwoods no teeth
I think her deal is that they are going directly to MT to get the truck,
then cross country to the east coast I believe. So, to do what you suggest
is a nightmare imo. Unless they have a agent that will do leg work and will
get them a insurance binder, go to the dmv and spend some time on a fax.
Might be easier to ship the truck
I still think with a couple of phone calls the correct procedure can be
When I bought my truck on EBay in St Louis, and then drove it back to Wa.
State. I did so on temp Missouri plates. No hassles, no problems, When I was
ready, I went to DMV in Washington and registered it. The OP should be able
to do the same thing with Montana plates and drive to their destination and
register the Jeep there.
Each state is so different, it is a PITA. CT doesn't have temporary
plates, when I got a Jeep in CT the only way I could get it back to NH
was with transit plates! I got those here in NH...
I'd guess MT does have something that will work for the time needed to
drive it back to wherever.
Hi Jodi. I see Roy pinged Nate for you. If he doesn't reply here you can
visit his Jeep forum at http://7slotgrille.com/ (don't add "www" in the
address). Sign up and ask your question in the forum there. He owns that
forum so he'll likely see your question. He's a Jeep enthusiast and a
Montana resident. It seems he is constantly selling his vehicles and buying
different ones. He should be very familiar with Montana registration
The guy Roy that posts here, also likes to fake a military
He wrote a note a couple of years ago about a "six story building at
Valley Forge General Hospital that housed head injury patients.
Housed, because there was no treatment"
1. There were no buildings at Valley Forge General Hospital that were
over 2 stories high. There were 106 buildings 2 stories tall, and
another 9 that were only 1 story.
2. ALL head injured patients received treatment. In fact, Valley
Forge developed many of the treatments that are still used in treating
those kinds of injuries.
I spent almost 5 years stationed at Valley Forge, and went through the
Clinical Specialist course (91C) there. I worked Neurology wards and
Psychiatric wards almost exclusively. I was also at that hospital
within a year after it had been closed, and there were still no
buildings more than 2 stories tall.
I suspect Roy has no real military background. He certainly was never
at Valley Forge General Hospital.
I HATE fakes
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