Junk Vehicle

Madison County participates in the Montana State Junk Vehicle Recycling Program. Please call the Madison County Sanitarian's Office for additional information 406-843-4275.

The Montana Junk Vehicle Law and You

The Montana Motor Vehicle Recycling and Disposal Act, commonly called the junk vehicle law, requires all junk vehicles to be shielded from public view.

A junk vehicle is defined as:
  • A discarded, ruined, wrecked, or dismantled motor vehicle, including component parts, that is
  • Not lawfully and validly licensed, and
  • Inoperative or incapable of being driven
If a vehicle meets these 3 conditions, it is a junk vehicle and must be screened from view of any public road.


What are you required to do if you own a junk vehicle or own the land on which one is located?
If the junk vehicle cannot be seen from a public road, you are not violating state law. If it can be seen from a public road, you are in violation of state law. To resolve a violation, you can:
  • Screen the vehicle so that it is no longer visible from a public road. Screening must be permanent and meet certain construction specifications or
  • Repair or license the vehicle so that is no longer meets the junk vehicle definition or
  • Remove the vehicle from the premises.
If you want to remove the vehicle, you can sell it or have a licensed private motor vehicle wrecking facility haul it away.


If a private firm does not want to dispose of your junk vehicle Madison County will pick up and recycle it at no charge. The cost of this service is paid from the small license registration and title transfer fees you pay when you license your vehicle.

For free removal of your junk vehicle complete the Junk Vehicle Release Form (PDF) and return it to the Sanitarian’s office. If you have a title for the vehicle please attach it to the release form.

For more information, please visit the Motor Vehicle Recycling and Disposal Program.