Register your Vehicle to your LLC
In this step, we explain how visitor.us registers your vehicle to your Montana Limited Liability Company (LLC).
Let's review the documents involved in the registration process.
While a vehicle title documents a vehicle's ownership, it does not give the owner the right drive the vehicle on public roads - that's the job of the Registration, which we'll see below.
A vehicle's Prior Title is the piece of paper that documents that the seller owns the vehicle, and has the right to transfer it to you.
visitor.us populates a Registration Application with your vehicle's details and captures your signature on it.
Your Registration lists your vehicle's attributes, the registered owner (your LLC), the License Plates that should be displayed on the vehicle, and the registration period.
You must keep your Registration in your vehicle at all times, and provide it to law enforcement upon request.
Your Registration is not a legal ownership document, and cannot be used to transfer the vehicle to a new owner.
License Plates almost always remain with the vehicle's prior owner in the United States - the new owner is responsible for registering the vehicle and obtaining new plates.
Montana License Plates come with decals indicating the month and year that the vehicle's Registration expires.
This document is required to sell or export your vehicle.
Your Montana title is not required for traffic stops, storing your vehicle, or temporarily crossing international borders with your vehicle.
The registration process
Let's take a look at the registration process in more detail.
- Your vehicle's Prior Title, properly signed by the previous owner,
- Your signed Montana Registration Application, and
- If your vehicle is model year 2011 or newer and you cannot physically sign its Prior Title, a notarized Power of Attorney.
visitor.us provides a Fedex shipping label on our account for you or the vehicle's seller to send your vehicle's Prior Title to our office.
visitor.us will populate the Montana Registration Application with your vehicle's details and request your signature on the document via our electronic signature platform.
If a Power of Attorney is required, visitor.us will populate the form with your vehicle's details and submit it to our online notarization partner, who will contact you to schedule a video conference notarization session. A licensed notary will verify your identity, witness your signature, countersign, and provide the document to visitor.us.
We aim to complete registration within 2-3 business days of receiving all required documents, properly signed.
Images of your Registration Document and License Plates will be available in your Dashboard
If you are en route, we can ship your License Plates and Registration Document to a Fedex location to be held for pickup for up to five business days. Simply show your photo ID and pick up your documents.
Montana titles are therefore issued several weeks after registration, and mailed to the vehicle's registration address.
When visitor.us receives your Montana Title, you will receive an email notification to view an image of your Title in your Dashboard.
An image of your Montana Title will be available on your Dashboard
If you are en route, we can ship your Montana Title to a Fedex location to be held for pickup for up to five business days. Simply show your photo ID and pick up your documents.
This is why Temporary Registrations exist.
This document is usually printed on paper, and must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle.
visitor.us will provide a Temporary Registration on your Dashboard
The only way to do this is by signing the paper title in blue or black ink.
But, due to distance or timing, you may be unable to physically sign the title.
You can authorize visitor.us to sign the title on your behalf with a Power of Attorney.
In order to be valid, a Power of Attorney must be notarized. A licensed notary public will verify your identity, witness your signature, and sign and stamp the Power of Attorney.
The State of Montana accepts Remote Online Notarizations, in which a notarization session occurs via a video conference.
Power of Attorney
This Power of Attorney authorizes visitor.us to sign documents related to a specific vehicle, and grants us no further authority.
visitor.us will generate a Power of Attorney and submit it to our Remote Online Notarization provider
Vehicle manufacturers issue a Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin, or MCO (some call it a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin, or MSO), with every vehicle produced.
This is a new vehicle's ownership document.
Manufacturer's Certificate/Statement of Origin (For New Vehicles Only)
The Certificate of Origin is a new vehicle's ownership document.