Voter ID in Montana

Montana is a strict voter ID state.

You are required to show an acceptable ID to confirm your identity when voting in person.

Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!

Any registered Montana voter can request an absentee ballot.

You must provide ID information or a copy of acceptable photo ID (and possibly an additional identification document) with your absentee ballot.

Check here for a full rundown of the state’s rules!


Changing Your Legal Name

You must file a formal request with your county’s District Court to change your name in Montana.

You will be required to publish notice of your name-change hearing for a specific period of time. If necessary for your safety, use the Changing Your Name under Sealed-Record Forms instead.

If the court approves your name change, you will receive a court order that can be used to update the name on your ID documents.

Submit a request to the Montana Office of Vital Statistics to amend your birth certificate.

To change the name on your Montana birth certificate, you will need to provide:

  • birth certificate application (PDF)
  • proof of identification (suggestions listed on application)
  • application requires that you provide an enlarged legible photocopy of both sides of your valid driver’s license (or other legal picture identification with a signature) or you must have your application notarized
  • payment of applicable fee(s)

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

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RESOURCE

Montana Law Help – Name and Gender Change

You must update your name with the Social Security Administration before you can change your name on a Montana-issued ID.

Visit an MVD License Exam Station and apply for driver license or ID card. You will need to provide a certified copy of your name-change court order.

You may also apply for a replacement driver license or state ID that shows your name change.


Updating Gender Markers

The requirements for changing the gender marker on a Montana birth certificate are currently subject to a court challenge.

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UPDATES
  • CNN reported on April 22 that due to the preliminary injunction “Montanans wishing to change the sex designations on their birth certificates can continue doing so by submitting to Montana’s Department of Public Health and Human Services ‘a completed gender-designation form attesting to gender transition or providing government-issued identification displaying the correct sex designation or providing a certified court order indicating a gender change.’ (SOURCE LINK)
  • A local news station reported on April 29 that staff was not providing people with the form and that DPHHS legal department was “still reviewing” the judge’s decision. (SOURCE LINK)

The gender-designation form that was used before the 2021 law is no longer available on the DPHHS website.

Note: You must update your birth certificate with the state where you were born.

Montana does not have a clear policy or procedure for updating the gender marker on your driver’s license or state ID.

You may be able to change the gender marker on your Montana-issued ID by visiting an MVD License Exam Station and providing:

  • certified copy of court order certifying your gender transition
  • letter of support from a therapist or physician (If you do not have a court order changing your gender, providing letters of support from both a therapist and a physician may speed up the process.)

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RESOURCE

Montana Law Help – Name and Gender Change

 


 

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