Salvage Title in Montana

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If a vehicle has been involved in an accident and declared to be a total loss by the owner or the insurance company, the Montana Department of Motor Vehicles will brand it with a salvage title. 

Generally, a salvage title car cannot be driven on public roads in Montana until it has been adequately repaired, inspected, rebranded as “rebuilt” or “revived”, registered, and insured. 

This page will cover the salvage title process in Montana, and provide you with tips on how to get a salvage vehicle back on the road. 

For official information or questions about your specific situation, please contact your local Montana DMV office or visit the official DMV website:

What is a Salvage Title in Montana?

Like many other states, a salvage title in Montana means that the vehicle has been reported to the DMV to be a total loss, wrecked, or damaged to the point where it is no longer roadworthy. 

Montana salvage title cars cannot be driven until they have been repaired and inspected. 

How to Get a Salvage Title Cleared in Montana

To clear a salvage title brand in Montana, you’ll need to repair the vehicle and have it pass a salvage vehicle inspection. 

Be prepared to submit: 

  • Payment for the VIN inspection fee ($18.50). 
  • The salvage title. 
  • Bills of sale and receipts for parts used in the repairs. 

After the vehicle passes inspection, you can visit your local tag office and submit:

  • The completed inspection report. 
  • The salvage title. 
  • Bills of sale and receipts for parts used in the repairs. 
  • A completed application for title (Form MV1). 
  • Payment for your title fees. 

Register a Salvage Title Car in Montana

Once a rebuilt title is issued, you can register the vehicle again. 

To do so: 

  • Get a valid car insurance policy. 
  • Complete a registration application. 
  • Pay your registration fees and taxes. 

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Next Steps

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