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Permits for Commercial Motor Carriers

Permits, Route (Road Conditions/Map), FMCSA, Forms, Fees, Pilot Cars &Bridge System

If you’re transporting a load or have equipment that exceeds the legal width, length, height, or weight, a permit is required. A temporary fuel or licensing permit may also be needed if you are not registered in Montana.

Permits can now be ordered easily online through our MT ePART application. Use the following links to:

Permits can also be ordered by calling 406-444-7262. We're open 7:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday (except holidays).

Access the permit regulations here.

A reminder to check your route

When you begin issuing your own permits, it is important to remember your responsibility to check construction reports and load-speed restrictions to verify that the route you plan to take does not have unanticipated restrictions.

Check Road Conditions | Montana Road Report Map

Is your federal information up-to-date?

To avoid unnecessary delays with MCS, please make sure that your information on the FMCSA Motor Carrier Unified Registration System is current. MCS does reference this information when a new account is set-up; and/or periodically as needed. Discrepancies between information provided to MCS and what shows up in the federal system, will slow down MCS processes.

If your business has changed its Company Name, USDOT number, TIN (Tax Identification number), and/or mailing or physical address, please make sure to update your forms on the FMCSA site. After this has been completed, please notify MCS at 406-444-6130 so that MCS can keep your account information updated on our MCS systems.

Forms

For permitting forms, please see our forms page.

Fees

If you do not license under IRP and register your truck at the Montana county in which you live, you may pay Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) fees at the county when you license. Alternatively, these fees may be purchased from the Motor Carrier Services office in Helena, at one of our weigh stations, or from any MCS patrol officer.

You can pay GVW fees for a single month, multiple months, or a full year if you apply for a annual-term permit. These options are listed on the GVW Fees Chart and GVW Farm Fees Chart.

Pilot Car Information

Pilot Car Escort Vehicle training publications, including best practices guidelines, best practices for law enforcement, a study guide, training manual, and PowerPoint slides, all of which may be accessed at FHWA Freight Management and Operations, scroll to the Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operators section.

The best practices guidelines document summarizes the material found in the 2016 Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operators (P/EVO’s) Training Manual.

Bridge Structure Management System

MDT has completed the Structure Management System. Now you can:

  • search bridge information
  • view inspection reports
  • look up bridge heights
  • view locations of bridges with load restrictions

Please see the letter for further information.

Please review the tutorial and some items to note from the tutorial:

  • This will take you directly into SMS. If you get an error, or Internet Explorer crashes, make sure you have the latest version of Microsoft Silverlight on your computer.
  • A window will come up asking if you want to display mixed content. Click Yes. If you do not see this window, and SMS seems to freeze up, make sure this window isn’t hiding under your main window.

Questions?

For more information about permits, please call Motor Carrier Services in Helena at 406-444-7262 or consult the Trucker's Handbook.