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Montana Car Insurance Laws

Learn how much property and bodily liability insurance is required to operate a motorized vehicle in Montana. Discover if you have proper coverage and if not what the penalties and fines are for continuing to drive without the minimum insurance coverage ...     read more

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Department of Insurance Contact Information

Montana State Auditor's Office
840 Helena Avenue
Helena, MT 59601

Consumer Hotline

1-800-332-6148

State Department Website

http://sao.mt.gov/

File Complaint Website

http://sao.mt.gov/database/complaint.asp

State Regulation

All motor vehicles except motorcycles must have liability coverage.

The liability coverage requirements are: $25,000 for the injury or death of one person in an accident, $50,000 for the injury or death of two or more people in an accident, and $10,000 for property damage per accident.

You must carry proof of insurance at all times. Whenever you're driving, you need to have your insurance card with you, and you are required by law to present it when asked by any law enforcement officer.

Insurance is NOT required on:

Off-highway vehicles

Motorcycles

Non-registered nonoperational vehicles

Penalties:

Failing to comply with Montana's mandatory insurance laws will result in steep financial penalties and other consequences. When you drive without proper insurance in Montana, it is considered a misdemeanor offense.

For a first-time offense, you could face fines of $250-$500 or have to spend up to ten days in a county jail. Additionally, you will have five points placed on your driver's license. License revocation occurs once 30 points have accumulated.

For a second offense, you will have to pay a fine of no less than $350 and/or spend up to ten days in jail. You will also have your license suspended for 90 days automatically.

Requirements Regarding Proof of Insurance: Proof Required - If Involved In An Accident, If Stopped By Authorities When Driving

Penalties For Not Carrying Mandatory auto insurance: Fine up to $500 and up to 10 days in jail

Min Coverage:

$25,000 for injury/death to one person

$50,000 for injury to more than one person

$10,000 for damage to property

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