Register your vehicle

Register your Vehicle to your LLC

In previous steps, we described how visitor.us can 1) help you create a presence in the best US state for international visitors to register a vehicle, Montana, and 2) purchase a vehicle yourself, or hire visitor.us to broker your vehicle's purchase.

In this step, we explain how visitor.us registers your vehicle to your Montana Limited Liability Company (LLC).

Key documents

Vehicle registration and ownership in the United States follows a process unlike any other in the world.

Let's review the documents involved in the registration process.
The main documents in a vehicle's registration process are its Prior Title, Registration Application Registration Document, License Plates, and Montana Title.

Prior Title

Vehicle ownership in the United States is evidenced by a legal document called a title. Titles are issued by the US states, and every vehicle has one title at a time.

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.

Registration Application

In order to register a vehicle in Montana, a Montana Registration Application must be submitted.

visitor.us populates a Registration Application with your vehicle's details and captures your signature on it.

Registration Document

Your Montana Registration Document authorizes it to be driven on public roads in Montana, the US, and any other country that recognizes American vehicle registrations.

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

Your Montana license plates are an easy-to-read symbol of your vehicle's Registration, and must be displayed on the vehicle at all times.

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.

Montana Title

Your Montana Title documents that your Montana LLC owns your vehicle.

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

visitor.us collects the documents required to register your vehicle, registers your vehicle to your LLC, and sends your Montana Registration, License Plates, and Title to you.

Let's take a look at the registration process in more detail.
Collecting the required documents
In order to register your vehicle to your LLC, we need
- 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.
Registering your vehicle to your LLC
When visitor.us has 1) your vehicle's Prior Title, 2) your signed Montana Registration Application, and 3) notarized Power of Attorney (if required), we will visit the Gallatin County Treasurer's Office (i.e., the Montana DMV) and register your vehicle to your LLC.

We aim to complete registration within 2-3 business days of receiving all required documents, properly signed.
Sending your Registration Document and License Plates to you
When your registration is complete, you will receive an email notification to view your License Plates and Registration Document in your Dashboard.

Images of your Registration Document and License Plates will be available in your Dashboard

Submit the shipment request form to tell us where you want them sent.
Provide a shipping address and we'll Fedex your License Plates and Registration Document to you.

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.
Sending your Montana Title to you
Montana's 56 counties manage vehicle registrations, but the Montana Department of Justice issues vehicle titles.

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

Submit the shipment request form to tell us where you your Montana Title sent.
Provide a shipping address and we'll Fedex your Montana Title to you.

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.

Special Cases

Occasionally, situations happen that are a bit out of the ordinary. visitor.us has you covered.

Temporary Registration
You may want to hit the road right away, while your registration is still in process.

This is why Temporary Registrations exist.

Temporary Registration

A Temporary Registration allows a vehicle to be driven for a limited period of time (usually 30 - 60 days) while its Registration is in process.

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

Simply download and print the document, then tape it to the inside of your vehicle's rear window.
Important Note: The State of Massachusetts does not recognize temporary registrations issued by any state. Don't drive in Massachusetts without a metal license plate.

Power of Attorney
New owners of vehicles model year 2011 and newer are required by US federal law to attest to a vehicle's odometer reading by signing the Odometer Disclosure section of the vehicle's title.

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

A Power of Attorney authorizes visitor.us to sign documents on your behalf, in case a wet ink signature is required, and distance or timing makes it difficult or impossible for you to sign.

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

After your video-conference notarization session, our notarization provider will forward your notarized power of attorney to visitor.us.
New Vehicles
If your vehicle is fresh off the assembly line, it doesn't have a Prior Title.

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)

A vehicle's manufacturer issues a Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (or Manufacturer's Statement of Origin) with every new vehicle that it builds.

The Certificate of Origin is a new vehicle's ownership document.
Important Note: US customs authorities will not release a vehicle with a Manufacturer's Certificate/Statement of Origin for export. In order to release a vehicle for export, it must have a title issued by a US state. In other words, a vehicle must be registered to be exported.

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