Montana Vehicle Power of Attorney (Form MV65)
A Montana motor vehicle power of attorney (Form MV65) is a legal document used by a person or company (the attorney-in-fact) to prove they can make vehicle-related decisions for a car, truck, or van owner. The appointed person or company can sign documents for the owner. When signing, the attorney-in-fact must write the name of the owner, their signature, and “POA.” If the owner assigns a company as the attorney-in-fact, the representative must include the name of the business, as well. It is critical for the attorney-in-fact to keep a copy of the form to present it when acting on the owner’s behalf.
The form must contain information about the task(s) that the owner wants the attorney-in-fact to complete. By signing, the owner gives the attorney-in-fact permission to sign documents and affidavits for registration purposes, transfer the title, or apply for a title. However, if the owner needs the attorney-in-fact to take care of another vehicle-related responsibility, they must include a description in the form. Since miscommunication or confusion can lead to mistakes or undesired outcomes, the individual or company needs to understand their role fully. Both parties should discuss the form and duties before signing to prevent misunderstandings.
The document has two (2) purposes as it allows both vehicle and vessel owners to use it. The owner must enter the title number, year, make, model, vehicle identification number (VIN), color, and license plate number when completing it. Additionally, the state of Montana requires the owner to include the odometer reading and the accuracy of the number given. If an individual, firm, or corporation purchases the vehicle, they must sign and date the form to confirm the accuracy of the odometer reading.
Signing requirements: Must be signed by the Owner (or Applicant) and Notary Public. If applicable, the Purchaser must sign, as well.
How to Write
Step 1 – Appointee Information
Write the owner’s legal name and address, then note the name and address of the appointee (attorney-in-fact). On the line provided, indicate if there is another transaction not listed that the attorney-in-fact is authorized to perform.
Step 2 – Vehicle Classification
Provide the car’s title number, year, make, model, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), color, and license plate number.
The state requires an odometer reading of the car’s current mileage. Indicate the odometer is either five or six digits by selecting the appropriate box, and enter the odometer reading. Provide the current date. If either of the statements listed is true, choose the corresponding box. Leave blank if it does not apply.
Step 3 – Owner Signature and Notarization
Montana requires this form to be notarized. With acknowledgment from a Notary Public, the owner writes their signature and the date.
Step 4 – Odometer Reading Agreement
The purchaser must verify that the odometer reading provided by the vehicle owner is accurate by printing their name, writing the date, and signing. If a firm or corporation is the entity purchasing the vehicle, then a representative must include the full name of the business.