What do I do in case of an emergency?
Stay calm, and call 911. We have a state of the art emergency response
system that is monitored twenty–four hours a day, seven days
a week. All 911 calls are answered by a dispatcher here in West Yellowstone
who has the ability to page for ambulance, fire, search and rescue,
and police response.
What is the size of the West Yellowstone Police Department?
The Police Department is staffed by a Chief of Police, five (5) patrol
officers, five (5) dispatchers and one (1) animal control/dispatcher.
Officers and dispatchers work 12–hour shifts to provide twenty–four
(24) hour law enforcement coverage.
How does tourism affect the Police Department?
The Police Department feels the greatest impact from tourism during the
summer months. The year–round population of West Yellowstone
is only 1100 people, but as many as 10,000 people pass through Town
on any given day during the summer months. Activity slows down considerably
during the shoulder season, but picks up again during the winter. In
the winter, the department shifts its focus to snowmobile traffic enforcement
and even patrols on snowmobile.
Can snowmobiles travel on the streets of West Yellowstone?
West Yellowstone is one of the few municipalities in the country that
allows snowmobiles to travel on the streets of the Town. However, snowmobiles
cannot travel on the two major highways that intersect in West Yellowstone,
US Highway 20 and US Highway 191. Snowmobiles are subject to the same
traffic laws as other vehicles. Altered (piped) snowmobiles are not
allowed on streets in Town, or on adjacent national park or national
forest lands. While visitors and residents alike use snowmobiles as
a primary mode of transportation, use after 10:00 p.m. should respect
those who are sleeping. Failure to do so may result in a citation.
Does the Police Department specialize in any particular areas?
Of the five patrol officers employed by the Town of West Yellowstone,
there is one sergeant, a drug enforcement officer, range master, and
a school resource officer. Each of these officers has specific duties
associated with their specialization.
What other law enforcement agencies does the West Yellowstone Police
Department work with?
The West Yellowstone Police Department works daily with the Gallatin
County Sheriff’s Office, Yellowstone National Park Service Rangers,
Montana Highway Patrol, US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Montana Fish
and Game, and the Montana Department of Livestock.
How many “Calls for Service” does the Police Department
respond to in a year?
In 2002, the Police Department received 3,882 “Calls for Service.” This
number includes all crimes and anything that requires response by an
How do I pay my traffic ticket or fine?
Traffic tickets and all other fines issued in West Yellowstone must be
paid to the Court Clerk. The Town accepts cash, checks, or credit cards.
The Court Clerk’s office is open during regular business hours
adjacent to the courtroom at 200 Yellowstone Avenue. Tickets and fines
can also be paid by mail, see contact information below.
When is court held?
Court is held daily at 9:00 AM, if necessary, in the courtroom at 200
How do I get a marriage license?
Marriage licenses are issued through Gallatin County by the Clerk of
District Court. Call (406) 582–2165 for more information. For
information about getting married in West Yellowstone, contact the
Court Clerk at (406) 646–7845 or the West Yellowstone Chamber
of Commerce at (406) 646–7701.
How do I register my car?
All vehicle registrations are handled by the Gallatin County Motor Vehicle
department. Call (406) 582–3080 for more information. Montana
renewals can be handled through the mail, but the initial registration
usually requires a trip to Bozeman.