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Montana Taxes

Choosing Montana as an RV Domicile State

Montana taxes are important to think about when choosing which state you want to claim as your RV domicile. Families who full time RV with kids might also be interested in information such as Montana homeschooling links, and Montana drivers license and Montana auto insurance requirements.

The nice thing about having no ties to any state is the ability to choose your RV domicile, or RV home base. You can find a state that offers the best set of options for you and your family, depending on your individual needs. Of course, not every full time RV family has the ability or option of choosing their domicile. See the following page to determine if your domicile has been chosen for you:

Choosing an RV Domicile

Montana Taxes

montana-taxes-01;map of usa state montana For most states, the most important consideration when choosing an RV home base is the way income taxes will affect you.

Most states charge residents an annual income tax, in addition to their federal income taxes.

Montana taxes include state income tax, but no state or local sales tax, making it an attractive RV home base for those who purchase high value rigs.
  • State Income Tax? YES
  • Income Tax Rate: 1-6.9%
  • Sales Tax: NONE
  • Montana Income Taxes

  • Montana Drivers License and License Plates

    More items to consider with Montana taxes are the Montana drivers license and license plates and tags fees. All of these fees vary by state, so these Montana taxes are something to compare and to take into consideration when choosing an RV domicile. Most of these fees are reoccurring.
  • Montana Drivers License Fees: $40 for 8 yrs
  • Tax when registering vehicle from out of state: NONE
  • Title Fees: $12
  • Vehicle Safety Inspection or Emissions Testing? NONE
  • Annual Tags Fees:
  • Cars and Trucks: (based on age of vehicle)
    0-4 yrs = $217
    5-10 yrs = $87
    11+ yrs = $28
    Plus County Property Tax based on value
    Trailers: (based on weight)
    Under 6K lbs = $61.25
    Over 6K lbs = $148.25
    Plus $10 for plates and Highway Patrol fee
    Motorhomes: (above trailer fees plus add'l based on age of coach)
    0-2 yrs = $282.50
    2-5 yrs = $224.25
    5-8 yrs = $132.50
    8+ yrs = $97.50
    Option: if 11+ yrs, permanent registration available $237.50
  • Montana Drivers License Information
  • Montana Vehicle Registration Information

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    RV Insurance and Montana Auto Insurance

    What state you call home determines your automobile insurance requirements.

    Each state is different, and the coverage required might contribute to your RV domicile decision.

    Montana auto insurance requirements are as follows. Information on how to obtain Montana RV insurance is also included.
  • Liability Coverage: $25,000-50,000
  • Property Damage: $10,000
  • RV Insurance Information
  • Good Sam RV Insurance

  • Voting in Montana

    Voting is important to most Americans.

    Fuel Tax Rates

    Diesel - 27.75c
    Gasoline - 27.8c

    Luckily, you still have the ability to register and vote while on the road.

    State politics might also be a consideration to take into account when choosing an RV home base. Here is the information on voting in Montana.
  • Residency Requirements: 30 days
  • Address Requirements: Physical address
  • Montana Voter Registration Information

  • Montana Homeschooling Links

    Every state in the United States has different homeschooling laws and regulations. Some states are very difficult to homeschool in, some states are very easy, while most states fall somewhere in the middle. Montana homeschooling falls somewhere in the middle.

    Montana homeschooling is legal, and requires that parents send in a letter of intent. Children must be schooled comparably to their public school counterparts, but no specific subjects are required. Annually, attendance hours (and records) are required: 720 hours per year for 1st-3rd grade and, 1,080 hours per year for 4th -12th grade. No testing is required. Parents must also maintain immunization records and make sure that their child is taught in a "building that complies with local health and safety regulations for homes".
    Montana Homeschooling Links
  • Yellowstone Coalition of Home Educators
  • Montana Homeschooling Links: State Law

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    Other Domicile Tidbits

    Though Montana taxes (namely, vehicle registration and licensing) are probably big concerns you'll have when deciding on making Montana your RV domicile state, other information might make a difference as well.

    The weather may play a factor for you if you plan to set up some sort of home base in the state, and the regulations on gun permits are a very hot topic with many RVers.
  • Up-to-Date Montana Weather Reports
  • Montana Reciprocal Concealed Weapons Law & Gun Control Laws

  • RV Domiciles in Other States

    Montana taxes not your thing? Don't worry! There are 49 more states to choose an RV domicile from! Check out the following resources to help you to make your full time RV living decision.

    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    West Virginia


    This RV home base and domicile guide is intended to assist you with making a decision on which state to call home. Though we have done our very best to find current laws and tax rates, each state has the ability to change their rules at any time. Please follow the links above and verify everything before making a decision.
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