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Montana DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in Montana?

    You can apply for a Learner’s Permit at age 16. You can also apply for a permit at age 14½ if you are enrolled in a state approved driver education program.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    To receive a Traffic Education Learners’ License (TELL) you must be at least 16 and you must pass a written driver’s knowledge test. You also must pass the state’s medical requirements.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    There are 33 questions on the written knowledge test.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    To pass, you must answer at least 27 questions correctly.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    To ensure you receive your Learner’s Permit as soon as possible, we recommend you study for the test. One of the best ways to study is to take multiple online practice exams that boast real sample questions from the state’s written driving exam. Click on the following link to test your current driving knowledge by taking an actual Montana practice permit test.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    According to statistics, two out of every three first-time test takers fail to pass the test. Keep in mind many states also require those who fail to wait at least a day to retake the test and they may charge you a re-examination fee. To increase your chances of passing on the first time, take numerous practice exams that are designed to closely replicate the actual test.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    Fees are based on age and currently range from $5.50 to $35.50.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The Montana Department of Justice (DoJ) licenses drivers in the state. Visit to find an office near you.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    You and a parent or guardian will need to visit the local driver exam office together. Also be sure to bring proof of age, residency and identity. You will also need to pass a written knowledge test and pass the state’s medical requirements.

The Montana DMV Learner’s Permit — What You Need to Know

Can’t wait to get behind the wheel and enjoy your new freedom? Before the state can issue you a learner’s permit you need pass the permit test at your local Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) office.  This written test is designed to verify your knowledge of traffic signals and signs, safe driving practices, and other important rules of the road.

Develop Your Knowledge With MT DMV Practice Permit Tests

The unprepared have found the permit test to be quite a challenge.  In fact, statistics have reported that 70% fail the test.  Doesn’t sound like good odds to us.  Why chance leaving the MVD office empty handed when you can prepare with our study material.

On this page, you’ll find our free Montana practice permit test as well as the official Montana Driver’s Manual.  Together you’ll find they provide you with the information and practice needed to prepare for the test.  Getting a motorcycle permit? We offer solutions to help you with that test too.

No matter what test you are taking, preparing with the right tools is your key to success.  Passing the Montana permit test is the first step towards your own independence.

With a little practice you’ll leave the testing office with permit in hand.Start preparing now!