How to Get Your Montana Drivers License
Montana is an enormous state - 630 miles across, and 255 miles top to bottom. It’s home to hundreds of amazing sights and wonders, namely Yellowstone and Little Bighorn. But unless you have a drivers license, you aren’t likely going to see them.
Montana Drivers Permit Requirements
In Montana, you can set out on the path to getting your license as soon as you reach age 14 ½. You can do this by completing a driver education course.
Once you have passed the driver education course, you will be granted an instruction permit. This allows you to drive while supervised by an instructor. At this point you are able to get your Traffic Education Learners License (TELL), which in Montana is basically a learners permit. With this, you are able to drive with a parent, guardian, or certified instructor by your side. This is a valuable period, in which the new driver gains a lot of “real-world” experience.
Montana Drivers Ed Requirements
If you have already turned 16, however, you are able to bypass the drivers education course entirely, opting instead to get a learners license from a driver exam station. With this license, you are able to drive when accompanied by any licensed driver who has the same kind of license (and for the same kind of vehicle). In order to get one of these, you must first pass a vision test and a written test, and of course pay a nominal fee.
Drivers Ed Online Course Overview
In a Montana Driver Education course you will learn all about the basics, and then the specifics, of driving. You’ll learn about vehicle safety – how to use your lights and signals, properly adjusting your mirrors, and so on. You’ll also learn about best practices for driving safely – school zones, freeways, yielding and merging.
There’s a lot of information that a new driver has to remember, but it’s not all bad. After all, you’ve been a passenger in a car since you were born, so a lot of this stuff is information that you already know (stopping at a cross walk), or is just common sense (slow down in a construction zone). You may even know a lot of the rules for dealing with bicyclists and pedestrians, as you’ve most likely been walking and biking for years. And besides – what you learn from drivers ed is how to be safe, so it’s a good idea to take it seriously.
About Final Exam and Certificate Processing
After the course, the last step is to take the final exam. In Montana, the final exam is made up of 50 multiple-choice questions, and you need to get 80% correct (40 out of 50) to pass. But don’t worry – if you’re nervous, and happen to fail, you’re allowed unlimited retakes until you pass!
Once you do pass, we will ship you a certificate of completion. This is sent regular mail, and takes anywhere from 5-7 business days. If you complete the course and pass the test before 3:00 p.m. central time, it will get shipped the very same day!