North Dakota Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
North Dakota motorcycle license applicants under the age of 16 are required to take a motorcycle training course. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course consists of three to four hours of classroom training and eight hours of on the road experience. A motorcycle and helmet is provided.

Drivers, who are 14 or 15 years old, can apply for a motorcycle license after having completed the course or while still enrolled in the course. Also, completion of the motorcycle training course within six years of application of a motorcycle license may waive the motorcycle skills test for the North Dakota DMV.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Dakota

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
In the state of North Dakota motorcycle license holders and passengers under the age of 18 must wear a helmet at all times. If an operator under the age of 18 is carrying any passengers on their motorcycle, then they too are required to wear a helmet, no matter their age.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation encourages all motorcycle riders to consider wearing a safety helmet when operating a motorcycle. Wearing a motorcycle helmet greatly reduces the risk of head injury in collisions involving motorcycles.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Dakota

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
There may be times when you are not allowed to renew your North Dakota car registration. In some cases you will not be able to renew car registration online, such as when:

  • Registering a new vehicle.
  • Making changes to vehicle license.

If any of the above circumstance applies to you, then you will not be able to renew car registration online. Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division at 701-328-2725 if you cannot renew your registration online.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
If you move or change your address, you should provide the DMV with your updated residence and mailing address information. You can change address on DMV driving record via the online change of address system.

Changing address on your driver record does not change car registrationaddress, therefore there is a possibility that you could have a different address on your driver s license than on your car registration. All address information should be up to date and reflect your current residence and/or mailing address.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Dakota

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
No, you cannot keep the same car insurance policy from your previous state of residences in the state of North Dakota. Your insurance policy must be issued from a North Dakota insurance agent who is licensed in the state of North Dakota. Your rate will likely change since each state has a different insurance rate. Contact your insurance agent for more information.

For more information: North Dakota Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
No, you may not renew your North Dakota commercial drivers license online. The ND DMV only allows drivers torenew a CDL license in person at a North Dakota Department of Transportation, Driver License office site. A renewal reminder notice is mailed to your address, two months prior to the expiration of your CDL license. You may apply forCDL license renewal up to 10 months before it expires without loosing any time on your license.

For more information: North Dakota Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can I take the DMV written test online?
No, the ND DMV does not allow for drivers to take the ND DMV learners permit test online at this time. You must take the test in person at any one of ND DMV locations with the exception of the Crosby location. The fee to take the learners permit test is $5 and applicants may only take one test per day. The information needed to successfully complete the Rules of the Road knowledge test is contained in the Noncommercial Driver s License Manual. A copy of the manual is available online at the North Dakota Department of Transportation website. Fees are subject to change.

For more Iinformation: Written Test in North Dakota

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
If you have an interstate CDL license, then you may use it to operate a commercial vehicle across state lines and or engage in interstate commercial driving. Drivers must be a least 21 years old to qualify for an interstate CDL license.

As an interstate CDL license holder, you can travel within the United States and even internationally. For more information on North Dakota CDL license interstate driving restrictions, contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Bismark, ND office at (701) 250-4346.

For more information: North Dakota Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
Yes, it is possible for someone else to renew your North Dakota vehicle registration for you, if applying online or by mail.

Someone that you designate can apply for you if they have your vehicle title number. If they do not have the title number then they must have other identifying formation on your vehicle in order to calculate costs for your registration renewal.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

Do boats need to be registered?
Yes, boats need to be registered in the state of North Dakota. Boats registrations are handled by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. To register a boat, you must fill out the Boat License Application. You may use the application to:

  • Register a used watercraft purchased from an individual.
  • Transfer an out-of-state registration to North Dakota.
  • Register new or used watercraft from North Dakota dealer.
  • Register watercraft purchased from out-of-state dealer.

Boat registration fees are assessed based on the length of the watercraft.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Dakota

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
No, you do not require a motorcycle license to ride a moped in the state of North Dakota. To ride a moped, you only need to have a valid learners permit or driver’s license from any class and be at least 14 years old. A motor bicycle is defined as an automatic vehicle with two or three wheels that are no wider than 32 inches and a motor that does not exceed 30 mph. The motor bicycle must be equipped with foot pedals or foot rests and a maximum two brake horsepower.

For more information: Motorcycle License Information in North Dakota

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
Drivers in North Dakotahave the option to attend traffic school to reduce points on their driving record due to a speeding ticket. If a driver was issued a citation with five points or less, they qualify to take an approved defensive driving course in lieu of having any points added to their record.

Drivers are only allowed to participate in this driving course once every 12 months to reduce points on their driving record. For more information on driver training schools, contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2725.

For more information How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in North Dakota

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
If you are moving to another state, contact yourcar insurance company to let them know what state to which you are moving. You may not need to cancel your policy if your company provides coverage in your new state. Each state has a different insurance rate, so the price of your policy will likely change. Also, some states require more than the minimum coverage as is allowed in North Dakota.

For more information: North Dakota Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
Your lost or stolen drivers license will need to be replaced at a North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver s License office location. Drivers are not required to report a stolen or lost drivers license, however, it is highly recommended to do so in order to prevent the risk of identity theft. Having a record of the theft may help protect you from any fraudulent use of your drivers license. Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-4353 for more information on reporting a lost or stolen driver s license.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Dakota Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
The ND DMV does not require for you to file a police report for a lost or stolen car registration, however, it is highly suggested that you do so. Filing a police report may help protect from any fraudulent use of your car registration information. You should also report your stolen or lost car registration to the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division at 701-328-2725.
Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
The state of North Dakota does not require that you return your license plates once you leave the state. You will have to get new license plates when you register your vehicle in your new state. If you are not sure of what to do with your old license plates, consider the following suggestions:

  • Recycle
  • Use for home décor
  • Keep as a collector s item

For more information on what to do with you old North Dakota license plates, contact the North Dakota Motor Vehicle Division at 701-328-2725.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Dakota

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
North Dakota learners permit holders who are 14 or 15 years old, must complete a formal drivers education course as one of the steps to get their driver s license. Those 16 and older do not have to take a drivers ed. A classroom based version of the course is also available at participating public schools. There must also be a behind-the wheel component to satisfy the requirements of a complete driver s education course.

For more information: Beginner Drivers in North Dakota

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
You may or may not have to turn in your damaged car title to the North Dakota Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division. If your car title is damaged and you apply for a duplicate car title, you should contact the ND MVDat 701-328-2725 and ask them if you should relinquish your damaged car title to receive a new car title.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Dakota

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
The North Dakota DMV does not require you to turn in your damaged car registration to replace vehicle registration. Drivers are suggested to hold on to their damaged or mutilated vehicle registration until receiving a replacement registration.

In the event that you are pulled over by law officials, you will need to show proof of your car registration.For more information the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division at 701-328-2725.

For more information: Registration Replacement in North Dakota

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
Yes, a motorized scooter or moped must be registered in the state of North Dakota. To register your moped you must provide:

  • Payment for the $25 license fee
  • Payment for the certificate title fee of $5
  • Motor vehicle tax of 5 percent
  • Odometer certification

All mopeds are also required to carry at least liability insurance.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Dakota

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
The state of North Dakota does not participate in smog inspections, also known as vehicle emissions testing. Some states require vehicles to be tested for vehicle emissions in order to apply for a car registration or to renew car registration. North Dakota does not employ such requirements on their residents. Only certain farm vehicles and all commercial vehicles are required to undergo any sort of inspections in the state of North Dakota.

For more information: Vehicle Emissions Testing in North Dakota

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
By law, you are required to have the minimum liability car insurance in the state of North Dakota. If you are caught driving without insurance, your license tags could be suspended or revoked and points may be assessed to your driving record. The minimum fine for being caught driving without the proper insurance is $300.

For more information: North Dakota Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
Qualified military veterans may receive a ‘V designation on the front of their North Dakota ID card. The North Dakota DMV accepts the following as proof of honorable discharge from the military:

  • Form DD-214
  • DD Form 2 (Retired)
  • DD Form 2A (Reserve Retired)

Veterans may apply at any North Dakota DMV location. They are responsible for paying for a duplicate ID card fee, if applicable.

For more information: How to Apply for a North Dokato ID Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
The North Dakota Noncommercial Driver s License Manual contains all the knowledge needed to pass the written drivers test and road tests. You can obtain a copy of the manual on the North Dakota Department of Transportation website or you may pick up a physical copy at a DMV location. A Spanish translation of the Class D noncommercial driver manual is available. There is also an audio version of the manual.
How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
If you receive a traffic citation in the state of North Dakota, you may pay a traffic ticket in one of two ways:

  • By mail
  • Online

You will be provided an envelope in which to mail your citation with either the payment or your request for a court hearing. To pay traffics ticket online, visit The North Dakota State Court website.

For more information How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in North Dakota

How can I renew my drivers license?
To renew drivers license, you must apply in person at a North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver License site. You may book an appoint in advance via the online scheduling system.

Upon arrival, you will need to provide your booking confirmation number, if applicable, and your current driver s license when applying for a drivers license renewal. The North Dakota drivers license renewal fee is $15. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Dakota

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
The North Dakota Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division makes it easy and convenient for you to renew vehicle registration online via their Motor Vehicle Online System. To renew online, you will only need:

  • A registration card or registration renewal invoice.
  • To provide credit or debit card information.

You must renew car registration every year in the state of North Dakota.

For more information:How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

How can I transfer a car title if I have a lien on it?
If there is a lien on your car title, a lien release must be provided or the lien holder must sign off on the sale of your vehicle. Otherwise, the ND vehicle title will not be issued. If there is a lien on your car title, you must submit the name and mailing address of the lien holder, the loan account number, and a copy of the out of state registration, if applicable, when transferring ownership of a vehicle in North Dakota.

If the lien on your car title has been met, make sure that the lien holder has completed the “Seller’s Assignment & Warranty of Title” section of the certificate of title.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Dakota

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
To transfer your vehicle to another state from North Dakota, you must check with the specific guidelines of whatever state to which you are moving. Requirements to register a car out of statevary from state to state.

Usually, you will need to provide information such as the title or lienholder information and pay for license plate, title transfer, and registration fees. For more information on specific requirements, check with the local DMV in your new state.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Dakota

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
To apply for a North Dakota commercial drivers license, you must appear in person at a ND DMV location and meet the following requirements:

  • Be a noncommercial driver’s license holder
  • Be 21 years old for interstate commerce or ages 18-20 to apply for driving within the state of North Dakota
  • Be literate in the English language
  • Meet all medical requirements
  • Pass all applicable commercial knowledge tests
  • Pass a road test

Upon application, you must present your current Class D driver’s license, proof of your identity and legal presence in the United States, as well as proof of your North Dakota residence address. Applicants from out of state must also present their commercial driver’s license from their previous state.

For more information: North Dakota Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
To apply for handicap placard in the state of North Dakota, you must have one or more of the following conditions certified by a physician:

  • Use of portable oxygen
  • Has a condition that does not allow the person to travel more than 200 fee without rest
  • Classified by standards III and IV of cardiac disease by the American Heart Association

Visit a ND Motor Vehicle location to fill out an application for a mobility impaired parking placard. Permanent placards are available at no cost.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Dakota

How do I apply for a drivers license?
To apply for drivers license in the state of North Dakota, you will need to take the following steps:

  1. Visit a ND DMV
  2. Provide proof of identity
  3. Provide proof North Dakota residency
  4. Make an appointment for a road test
  5. Take the written driver test
  6. Pay the fees

Currently, the total cost of fees to apply for a new drivers license is $20. The road test is $5, the written test fee is $5, and it costs $15 for the actual driver s license. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Dakota

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
To apply for a North Dakota learners permit, you must be a North Dakota resident and apply in person at a North Dakota Driver s License Site. To qualify for a learner s permit you must:

  • Complete a drivers permit application.
  • Provide your Social Security Number.
  • Pass a knowledge test.
  • Pass a vison screening.

Applicants under 18 years old require a parent or legal guardian signature of permission and financial liability to get a learner s permit.

For more information: Beginner Drivers in North Dakota

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
To receive amotorcycle license in the state of North Dakota, you must apply in person at a North Dakota Driver s License site and meet the following qualifications:

  • Complete an application at the ND DMV
  • Provide proof of identity and legal presence in the United States
  • Provide Social Security Number
  • Provide North Dakota address
  • Must have a learner’s permit or driver’s license or have completed the rules of the road knowledge test
  • Pass the motorcycle knowledge and road skills tests
  • Pass a vision test

Applicants under the age of 16, must be enrolled in a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course to apply for a ND motorcycle license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Dakota

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
To find out steps to change address on your car insurance policy, you will need to contact your insurance provider. Companies vary in the manner in which they accept an address change request. The process may take place by mail, phone, online, or in person with your local insurance agent. Contact your insurance provider for the most accurate information on how to update your address.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Dakota

How do I change my address on my car registration?
The North Dakota DMV makes it easy to update yourcar registration address. You may change your address on your DMV driving record by accessing the online change of address system on the North Dakota Department of Transportation website. After you have changed your address on your driving record, there will be a link for you to access information on how to change your address on your car registration.

Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2725 for more information on how to change the address on your car registration.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Dakota

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
Commercial drivers must visit a North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver License office to submit a commercial drivers license address change. Commercial drivers must by law get a duplicate license reflecting their change of address. You are required to get a duplicate license within 10 days of your address change. You may need to bring proof of your new address. Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2725 for more information.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Dakota

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
In the state of North Dakota, you can change your address on drivers license online. The ND DMV makes it easy for you to update your address information on your driving record via an online change of address system.

Updating your address on the system does not change the address on your driver s license. To update your address on your driver s license card, you must appear in person at a ND DOT driver license office and pay the $3 fee for an updated driver s license. Fees are subject to change.

For more information:How to Handle a Change of Address in North Dakota

How do I change my address on my ID card?
To change address on ID card, you may be able to go about the same process as one would to change the address on their driver s license. There is a possibility that state ID card holders may have to change the address on their ID card in person at the ND DOT driver license office. Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-4353 for assistance on how to change your address on your ID card.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Dakota

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
To request a name change on a car insurance policy, you will need to contact your insurance provider. Companies vary in the manner in which you may update your name on your policy. The process to change namemay take place by mail, phone, online, or in person with your local insurance agent. Make sure that you can provide proof of your legal name change in case you are asked to do so.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
To change your name on your car registration, you must apply for a name change on your car title first. To change your name on your car title, you must:

  • Sign and date ‘Part 1 with your old name.
  • Provide your new name and your address in the “buyer(s)” section.
  • “Part 3” must be completed and signed with the lien holder information, if applicable.

You must provide odometer reading on vehicles more than 10 years old. The fee to change your name on your car title is $5. Fees are subject to change.

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
To apply for a name change on drivers license, you will have to appear in person at a North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver s License office location and present acceptable documentation proving your name change. Such documents include:

  • Government issued marriage certificate
  • Sealed certified court order
  • Sealed certified divorce decree

You will also be required to retake your driver s license photograph. The cost is $3 to change your name on your driver s license. Fees are subject to change.

How do I change my name on my ID card?
To go about changing your name on your North Dakota ID card, you may be subject to the same requirements as someone changing their name on their driver s license and have to apply in person at a ND DMV office. You must provide proof of your name change, such as a marriage certificate, court order, or divorce decree. For more information on how to change name on ID card contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2360.
How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
To make an official name change with the Social Security Administration, you can either mail the following information or visit the SSA office nearest you:

  • A completed Application for a Social Security Card
  • Proof of your legal name change such as a marriage or divorce certificate
  • Proof of your identity with a driver s license, state ID, or US Passport
  • Proof of your citizenship with a U.S. birth certificate, certificate of naturalization, etc.

You must present the original document or a copy certified by the issuing agency when applying for a name change with the Social Security Administration. The SSA will not accept photocopies of original documents. For more information on how to change your name legally, visit the Social Security Administration website.

How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
Except for official purposes, a person must receive your consent before requesting a copy of your DMV driving record. Those who do not need your consent to accesses your driving record include, but are not limited to:

  • An employer of a CDL license holder
  • Prospective employer and employer for a job that involves noncommercial driving
  • Government agencies
  • Insurance companies

If you suspect that someone has illegally accessed your driving record, contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Driver s License Division at 701-328-2600.

For more information: Your North Dakota Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
If your car registration was stolen, you may file a police report with local law enforcement agency in North Dakota. To file a police report, you must visit a local police station and ask to file a report on a stolen vehicle registration.

Be prepared to provide your license plate number or any information that can help the police track down your stolen vehicle registration. Also, have your driver s license with you to show proof of your identity and ownership of the vehicle in question.

For more information: Lost or Stolen License Plates

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
To report a stolen car title, you may file a police report at the nearest police station. If your car title information has been stolen, you may be protected from unlawful use of your vehicle and personal information. The North Dakota MVD can only issue a replacement title if the original one was lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed. On your application you must certify the reason you are applying for a replacement title.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Dakota

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
Drivers can get a copy of their North Dakota driving record online, by fax, or by mail. The online version is a limited driving record and will not contain information such as total points, violations, or convictions more than three years old.

To order a copy of your complete driving record, you must mail the Request for Driver Abstract form to:

Drivers License Division

608 E Boulevard Ave

Bismarck, ND 58505

Both the online driving record and the complete driver record are $3 each. Fees subject to change.

For more information: Your North Dakota Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
North Dakota identification cards that havebeen lost, stolen, or destroyed, may be replaced by applying for a duplicate ID card. To get a replacement ID card, you may have to appear in person at a North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver License office location and provide the following documents:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States
  • Proof of your Social Security Number
  • Proof of North Dakota residence address

The fee for an ID card replacement is $8. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: Duplicate North Dakota ID Cards

How do I get a hardship license?
If you have a suspended drivers license, you may be able to get a hardship license in order to be able to drive to places of necessity such as work. To get a hardship license in the state of North Dakota, you must fill out a Temporary Restricted License Request. The following are the general requirements to get a North Dakota work permit:

  • Must be age 18 or older
  • For Class D and Class M license holders only
  • Must pay reinstatement fee

You may mail the completed form to the North Dakota Department of Transportation Drivers License Division.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Dakota

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Military members who are stationed out-of-state and need to replace their drivers license have options in the state of North Dakota. North Dakota residents temporarily out of state may apply for a duplicate license by mail. Whether you are out of state because you are an active duty military member, spouse of a military member, or you are away on vacation, you may be eligible for this service.

For instructions on how to apply for a drivers license replacement by mail, you must contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Central Office at 701-328-4353 for more information.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Dakota Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
It is possible to get a traffic ticket dismissed in the state of North Dakota. If you plead guilty to the traffic ticket and it was for five points or less, you can get it dismissed by participating in a defensive driving course. Drivers can also get a traffic ticket dismissed by requesting a hearing and proving that they are not guilty of the traffic offense. For more information, contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2725.

For more information How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in North Dakota

How do I know if my license was mailed after it has been restored?
After the ND DMV receives your reinstatement fee and required documentation, it usually needs a few days to process the payment and documentation. If you have not received your restored drivers license within that time, contact the North Dakota DMV. You can call their toll-free number or make an in-person at one of their offices.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Dakota

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
To get a copy of someone else s driving record,follow these steps:

  1. Fill out a Request for Driver Abstract
  2. Get the signature of consent of the person who s driving record you are requesting

You can send in the request via mail or via fax. The cost of a driving record is $3. Fees subject to change.

For more information: Your North Dakota Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
To obtain a North Dakota duplicate car registration, you must fill out an Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle. You can apply for a duplicate of the following documents:

  • Replacement plates
  • Replacement decals
  • Replacement registration card

On the required application, you must state the reason for North Dakota car registration replacement.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
If your car title has been lost, stolen, damaged, or mutilated, then you need to replace car title.To get car title replacement, provide the following information to the North Dakota Department of Transportation:

The duplicate title will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. The fee to get a duplicate title is $5. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Dakota

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
If your driver s license has been lost, stolen, or destroyed, then you may apply for a duplicate drivers license. To apply, follow these steps:

  1. Visit a North Dakota DMV location
  2. Present proof of identity:
    1. US birth certificate
    2. US passport
  1. Pay the $8drivers license replacement fee

Fees are subject to change. Only North Dakota residents may apply for a duplicate license.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Dakota Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
If a vehicle is damaged for more than 75 percent of the retail value and is determined to be salvaged, then you will need to apply for a North Dakota salvage car title. To apply for a Salvage Certificate of Title, you must surrender your current car title to the North Dakota Department of Transportation within 10 days. The fee for a salvage title is $5. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: Title Transfers or Obtaining a New Title in North Dakota

How do I obtain car registration?
To geta new car registration for your vehicle, you will need to provide the following at your local North Dakota Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle office:

License fees vary depending on the year the vehicle was first registered as well as vehicle weight.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Dakota

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
The state of North Dakota does not have a Habitual Traffic Offender law, however, too many points accumulated on your driving record can lead to a suspended driving license. If you accumulate 12 or more points on your driving record then you drivers license will be suspended. Your drivers license will be suspended for seven days for each point over 11 points. Drivers must pay the driver license reinstatement fees assessed according to their violation(s).

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Dakota

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
If you refuse to submit to a chemical test when pulled over for a suspected DUI by a law enforcement official, your driving privileges may be revoked.Following the issuance of a Report and Notice form from the law enforcement officer, your drivers license may be revoked for 25 days.

Your driver s license will be revoked for one year for your first offense of refusing a chemical test. To reinstate your revokeddriverslicense, you must:

  • Pay the $100 reinstatement fee.
  • File a SR-22 insurance form.
  • Retake the driving exam.

The SR-22 insurance filing must be kept on file with the North Dakota DOT for one year following the reinstatement of your driving privileges.

For more iformation: DUI/DWI Information for North Dakota

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
To reinstate a suspended drivers license in the state of North Dakota, you must first pay your required reinstatement fee(s). Your suspension length will vary depending on the type of violation and the points assessed to your record. The North Dakota Department of Transportation offers three ways to pay including:

  • By mail
  • By phone
  • Online

Contact the ND DOT at 701-328-4355 for information on how to reinstate your drivers license if it was suspended due to a medical condition.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Dakota

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
You can remove points from your North Dakota driving record in three different ways, including:

  • Once you have reached 11 points, you will receive a one-point reduction for each three-month period that you go without getting any points.
  • By participating in a defensive driver-training course approved by the state for a three-point reduction.
  • If you complete a defensive driving course and you were issued a ticket worth five points or less, no points will be assessed to your record.

A defensive driving course must be approved by the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

For more information How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in North Dakota

How do I renew my driving permit?
The North Dakota DOT accepts applications forlearners permit renewals. To renew a ND learners permit, you can book an appointment to visit a ND Driver License site. Applicants may renew your learners permit up to 10 months prior to expiration. All license renewal applicants must pass a vision screening. To learn more on drivers permit renewal, contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver License division at 701-328-2600.

For more information: Beginner Drivers in North Dakota

How do I renew my ID card?
To renew North Dakota identificationcard, you will have to appear in person at a North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver License office location and bring proof of your current North Dakota residence address as well as proof of your legal presence in the United States.

Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2600 for more information on how to renew your ID card.

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
If you are an active duty member of the military stationed out of state then you have a few options when it comes to renewing drivers license. You may either renew by mail or use your extended term drivers license.

An extended term drivers license allows for active duty members of the military to still use their expired drivers license if they are located out of the state. Once you return to North Dakota, you have a 30-day grace period to renew your expired drivers license. You cannot qualify for the extended term drivers license if your license has been suspended, cancelled, or revoked.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Dakota

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
Drivers must renew their medical report for a North Dakota commercial driver’s license, every 24 months or sooner, if deemed necessary. Some classes of drivers are required to submit their medical report to the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Driver License Division.

All interstate commercial driverssubject to 49 CFR part 391 federal regulations, are required to submit a copy of their medical report. A copy of the medical certificate should be mailed, emailed, or faxed, at least 10 days prior to application for a new CDL or CDL renewal. You may not bring a copy of your medical report to a DMV location.

For more information: North Dakota Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
To renew your North Dakota motorcycle license, you must apply in person at a North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver License site. For motorcycle license renewal application you will need your current motorcycle license. The ND DMV makes it easy to handle your motorcycle license renewal by offering an online scheduling system for your convenience. Once you book online, a confirmation number will be emailed to you.Bring your confirmation number with you to your license renewal appointment. Also, come prepared to take a vision test torenew motorcycle license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Dakota

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
All North Dakota drivers license holders must present one acceptable form of identification when applying to replace drivers license. For non-US citizens, some acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Foreign passport with I-551 stamp or I-95 card
  • Employment authorization card, I-766
  • Certificate of Naturalization, N550

You must apply in person for a duplicate license at a ND DOT Driver s License office.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Dakota Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
If youlost your drivers license out of state, then you may be able to replace your North Dakota drivers license while you are away. Drivers may be eligible to get a drivers license replacementif they are temporarily out of state for reasons, such as:

  • Part-time residency
  • Full-time college student
  • Traveling/on vacation

Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation Central Office at 701-328-4353 for more information on how to arrange for a driver s license replacement while you are out of state.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Dakota Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
If you are new to North Dakota and need to register your vehicle in the state, you will need to transfer title to a North Dakota car title. To do so you must:

To register your car in North Dakota, you will have to pay license fees based on the year and the weight of your vehicle.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Dakota

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
If you have lost your original car title and need it to complete a car title transfer, then you will have to:

The duplicate title fee is $5. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Dakota

How do I transfer my car title?
A car title is a certificate of ownership of a motor vehicle. To transfer a car title in the state of North Dakota,the following steps must be completed:

If applicable, you will also be responsible for the 5 percent excise tax of the purchase price of your new or used vehicle. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Dakota

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
To transfer title of your RV or recreational vehicle in the state of North Dakota, follow these steps:

  1. Complete a Notarized Bill of Sale, if bought used
  2. Complete and sign Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle
  3. Pay title $5 title fee

Also, you may request that your RV be registered as a travel trailer, which would exempt you from having to title and register your vehicle. You would then pay $20 per year to the ND DOT for this exemption.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Dakota

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
A military member may get a North Dakota motorcycle license by appearing in person at a ND DMV location to apply. To do so, fill out the required application and provide proof of identity, Social Security Number, and North Dakota residence address.

Your military ID can be used as proof of identity and legal presence in the United States. A written exam and motorcycle skills test must be passed to get a motorcycle license. Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2600, for information on any waivers available on the motorcycle road test for members of the military.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Dakota

How does the DMV check my vision?
The North Dakota DMV checks your vision by screening to see if you are fit to drive on public roads. You must have a visual acuity of at least 20/40 in one or both eyes. The minimum visual acuity acceptable is at least 20/80 in the ‘good’ eye if 20/100 in other eye. Your vision is also tested upon renewal of your drivers license.

In lieu of a vison test, you may submit at certificate of vision from a physician or optometrist. The exam must have been taken at least six months prior to applying for drivers license.

To find out more information on exactly how the North Dakota DMV tests your vision, you may contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 1-855-633-6835.

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
How long you will need to hold your learners permit before you get your driver s license depends on your age at the time you get your learners permit:

  • 14 and 15 years old: One year
  • 16 and 17 years old: Six months
  • 18 and older: Six months

All learner s permit holders must be accompanied by a supervising driver for the duration of their learner s permit.

For more information: Beginner Drivers in North Dakota

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
In the state of North Dakota, the owner of the vehicle must certify the reason they are applying for a duplicate car title and may apply in one of two ways:

  • By mail
  • In person at a MVD location

Also, not all North Dakota Motor Vehicle Division locations offer duplicate title services. For more information on how long it may take to receive your duplicate title, call 701-328-2725.

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
The state of North Dakota has some strict consequences for drivers pulled over for a DUI who refuse to submit to a chemical test. Your drivers license will be revoked if you defy the implied consent law. For the first offence, you drivers license will be revoked for one year. You must also pay a $100 reinstatement fee and re-apply to reinstate revoked drivers license. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Dakota

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
The length of time it will take to get an ID card depends on many factors including what North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver s License site you used and the wait time of that location on the particular day you decide to apply for ID card.

Residents may receive their ID cardupon applicationat the ND DMV or via mail. Be sure that you provide the ND DMV with an updated address when applying for an ID card to help ensure that your card arrives without delay. For more information on the length of time it may take to get your ID card Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2600.

For more information: ID Cards in North Dakota

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
The state of North Dakota has a points system which tracks the violations to your driving record. Once you accumulate over 11 points on your driving record, a seven-day suspension will be issued on your drivers license for each additional point accumulated. For example, your driver s license will be suspended for 14 days if you have 13 points on your driving record. Points will fall off your record once your reinstate your driving privileges and an allotted time period has passed.

For more information: Your North Dakota Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
Drivers in North Dakota have the option to attend traffic school in order to reduce points on their driving record due to a speeding ticket. If you were issued a citation with five points or less, you qualify to take an approved defensive driving course in lieu of having any points added to your record.

Drivers are only allowed to participate in a driving course once every 12 months to reduce points on their driving record. For more information on driver training schools, contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2725.

For more information: Your North Dakota Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
The cost for a name change on car registration is $5. To change your name, you will need to appear in person at a North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver s License office location and fill out an application to transfer the title reflecting your new legal name.

For more information on how to change your name on your North Dakota car registration contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2360.

How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
It costs $5 to request a name change on your North Dakota car title. To change name on car title,visit a North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver s License office location and fill out an application to transfer the title reflecting your new legal name.

For more information on how to change your name on your North Dakota car title, contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2360.

How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The cost of a name change on drivers license with the North Dakota DMV is $3. To change your name, you will need to appear in person at a North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver s License office location with your current driver s license and proof of your legal name change.

If your drivers license has been expired for 10 months or longer, the DMV may ask if you would like to apply for a renewal instead of a replacement. In that case you will be charged a driver s license renewal fee of $15. Fees are subject to change.

How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
Your North Dakota CDL license is valid for up to four years. To renew your CDL license, you must apply in person at a ND DMV location. You can schedule an appointment online to renew CDL license. Upon arrival, bring your current CDL license and be prepared to pay the $15 renewal fee. Each endorsement is $3 per endorsement. If you have a HAZMAT endorsement, it too expires every four years. Applicants must pass a background check to renew aHAZMAT endorsement.

For more information: North Dakota Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
You can renew your North Dakota drivers license up to 10 months prior to its expiration date. Drivers will not lose anytime on their driver license by choosing to renew early. Renewal notices are mailed out two months prior to the expiration of your drivers license. You do not need to bring the renewal notice with you to renew drivers license.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Dakota

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
If a family member dies and leaves their car to you, then you are responsible for completing a car title transfer to your name. To change the name on the title of an inherited vehicle, you must do the following:

If the car is financed, the new owner must also provide the lien holder information on their application for car title transfer. Fees subject to change.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Dakota

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
If you do not renew car registration on time, there may be an additional late registration fee added to your total amount due. To find out more information about vehicle registration late fees contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division at 701-328-2725. They can provide more specific information on additional fees for late registration as it pertains to you. To avoid late fees, you can easily apply for car registration renewal through the ND DOTs online system.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
If your driver s license was lost or stolen, you may choose to file a police report. If you file a police report, it is up to the North Dakota Department of Transportation to decide if your drivers license replacement fee will be waived. Contact them at 701-328-4353 for more information. Filing a police report may also help protect you from fraudulent use of your driver s license and personal information.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Dakota Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
If you have been involved in an automobile accident with apparent property damage in the amount of $1,000 or more, the accident must be reported to your car insurance company along with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Vehicle registration number

For more information: North Dakota Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
If your car is registered in the state of North Dakota, then you are required to keep the vehicle insured for the duration of the registration. All North Dakota registered vehicles must have the minimum liabilitycar insurance, even if you live outside the state for half of the year. Contact your insurance company for more information about car insurance coverage options.

For more information: North Dakota Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
If you lost your traffic ticket, you can still gain access to your citation information online. To find your citation information, visit the North Dakota State Court website. There, you may search for your citation using your first and last name. It takes about four days for your traffic ticket to show up on the website. Drivers may also contact the court clerk of the county in which they received the citation for additional information.

For more information How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in North Dakota

If I own multiple vehicles, am I required to have them all insured?
All North Dakota residents must carry proof of financial responsibility if they wish to legally operate a motor vehicle within the state. This means that if you have more than one vehicle, you must provide get car insurance for each vehicle.

Luckily, many ND insurance companies offer discounts for insuring more than one vehicle on the same insurance policy. Check with your insurance company to find out if the multi-car discount is available and if you are eligible for it. Also, when choosing a car insurance provider and checking car insurance quotes, make sure to look for insurance companies that offer the multi-car discount.

For more information: North Dakota Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
If you lose your ND ID card, you may be eligible to apply for anID card replacementwhile you are out of state. Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation central office at 701-328-4353 for more information on the process of applying for a duplicate ID card.

For moe information: Replacing a North Dakota ID Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
If your driver s license was confiscated at the time of aDUI arrest, you will have to contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Driver License Division at 701-328-4353 for more information on how to get back your driver s license.

North Dakota has strict penalties for drivers caught driving under the influence. You may face up to two days in jail and a $750 fine, if your blood alcohol content is 0.16 percent or more. Moreover, you ll be issued a 25-day driving permit that allows you to drive up until your suspension period begins.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for North Dakota

If my drivers license has been lost or stolen, how can I get it flagged with the DMV?
In North Dakota, the DMV may flag your license number if another driver presents your driving license as their own when being pulled over by law enforcement. Also, a DMV clerk might suggest that you should apply for a duplicate license. However, to be on the safe side, immediately report your drivers license as lost or stolen at your nearest North Dakota DMV.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Dakota Driver’s License or ID Card

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
If you have lost personalized plates and wish to replace them, then you may follow the same process as replacing standard license plates. To apply for a duplicate of lost personalized plates, you must fill out an Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle. There is a $5 fee for duplicate plates. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
The minimum age to get a ND commercial drivers license is 18 years old. A Class A, B, or C driver’s license may be issued to drivers 16 years old for certain farming purposes only. Drivers must be at least 21 years old to participate in interstate commercial driving and have a valid Class D driver’s license to get your commercial drivers license in the state of North Dakota.

For more information: North Dakota Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
There are no age-based requirements for drivers license renewal in North Dakota.All drivers license renewal applicants must take a vison test. All drivers license renewal applicants must take a vison test.The minimum visual acuity acceptable is at least 20/80 in the ‘good’ eye if 20/100 in other eye. Though residents of any age are eligible to apply for drivers license renewal, the North Dakota DMV encourages families to talk to their senior family member about their ability to drive in their advanced age.

For more information: Renew License in North Dakota

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
Yes, you must carry your car registration card in the car with you in the state of North Dakota. There is a fee of $20 for not having your car registration when asked by a law enforcement official. However, if you submit your registration card within 48 hours of being cited for not having one, then your citation can be overturned. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Dakota

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
If your drivers license has been lost or stolen while you are away, then you may apply to get a duplicate driverslicense by mail. You must contact the North Dakota Department of TransportationCentral Office at 701-328-4353 for more information on this process is handled.

It is likely that a representative from the ND DOT will ask for the mailing address that you want your replacement license sent to. Also, you may have to provide some verifying information such as proof of identity in order to have a duplicate license mailed to you at an out-of-state address.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Dakota Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
There are no age-based requirements for drivers license renewal in North Dakota. All drivers license renewal applicants must take a vison test.

In lieu of a vison test, you may submit at certificate of vision from a physician or optometrist. The exam must have taken place within the six months prior to your renewal application. The minimum visual acuity acceptable is at least 20/80 in the ‘good’ eye if 20/100 in other eye. The North Dakota DMV encourages families to talk to their senior family member about their ability to drive in their advanced age.

For more information: How to Renew a Drivers License in North Dakota

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
A car title is a certificate of ownership of a motor vehicle. Some of the reasons that you may need to transfer car title, include:

  • The purchase of a used vehicle
  • The sale of a used vehicle
  • Relocating out of state
  • Inheriting a vehicle from a deceased family member
  • Awarded a vehicle in a divorce settlement

To transfer car title from someone else s name to your name, you must apply for a title transfer with the North Dakota Department of Transportation. You will also be responsible for taxes and fees associated with transfer of car title.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Dakota

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
In the state of North Dakota, some of the violations that may result in a suspended drivers license include:

  • Failure to maintain liability insurance.
  • Failure to pay child support.
  • An accumulation of 12 or more points on your driving record.
  • A DUI conviction.

Suspension lengths vary depending on the violation and/or how many points you have accumulated on your driving record.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Dakota

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
To get a motorcycle license, you must hold a motorcycle permit for at least two months. In North Dakota, the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle are as follows:

  • Riders who are 14 and 15 years old:
    • Can only drive during daylight hours.
    • Cannot operate a motorcycle more than 250CC.
    • Cannot carry passengers.

On a motorcycle license, riders who are 14 or 15 years of age are restricted to operating motorcycles under 250CC.

  • Riders who are 16 and 17 years old:
    • Can only drive during daylight hours.
    • Cannot carry passengers.

As with all minors under the age of 18, on a motorcycle driving license, 16 and 17 year olds must wear a helmet to operate a motorcycle. Motorcycle permit holders age 18 and over are also restricted to daylight driving and may not carry any passengers.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Dakota

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
There are different CDL endorsements available to apply for at the North Dakota Department of Transportation, including:

  • Hazardous Material- H
  • Tank Vehicle- N
  • Passenger Bus- P
  • Doubles or Triples- T
  • School Bus- S

Commercial drivers are restricted from operating vehicles with air brake systems, unless they pass air brake written and skills tests.

For more information: North Dakota Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
If you drive with a suspended drivers license, you may face consequences, such as:

  • Having your drivers license revoked.
  • Having to pay extra reinstatement fees.

If you are caught driving with a suspended license, your drivers license will be once again suspended for the same period of time as your original suspension.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Dakota

What are the different types of driving records?
The North Dakota Department of Transportation offers two kinds of driving records:

  • Limited driving record
  • Complete Driving record

The limited driving record is available online and does not contain information such as violations, convictions, and points on your driving record more than three years old. To order a complete driving record, you must do via mail or fax.

For more information: Your North Dakota Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
If you already have a North Dakota driver s license then it costs $8 to get a new ID cardor an ID card renewal. If you do not have a driver s license then there is no fee to get an ID card or to apply for an ID card renewal. All applicants who wish to replace a lost, stolen, or destroyed ID card must pay the $8 ID card replacement fee. Fees are subject to change. North Dakota ID cards expire on your date of birth on the sixth year after it was issued.

For more information: How to Apply for a North Dakota Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
The North Dakota drivers license replacement fee is $8. Along with your fee, you need to bring an acceptable form of identification with you to the ND DOT driver license office to get your duplicate drivers license. Examples of acceptable forms of identification are:

  • US birth certificate
  • Foreign passport with I-551 stamp or I-95 card
  • North Dakota permit, driver s license, or ID card

You must apply for a duplicate license in person at a ND DMV location.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Dakota Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
Restrictions on your North Dakota learners permit vary depending on your age. The restrictions are as follows:

  • Drivers who are 14 and 15 years old:
    • Must have a supervising driver in the vehicle.
    • Must only operate a vehicle owned by a family member.
    • Must drive in daylight hours, unless supervising driver is in the front seat or is driving to school, work, farm, or religious activity.
  • Drivers who are 16 and 17 years old:
    • Must have a supervising driver in the vehicle.

All drivers under the age of 18 may not use an electronic communication device or cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.

For more information: Beginner Drivers in North Dakota

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
To get a North Dakota CDL license, you must meet federal medical certifications. Commercial drivers license holders must renew their medial certificate every two years. Some of the ailments that deem you medically unfit to get a CDL license are:

  • Vision worse than 20/40
  • Hearing impairment
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes requiring insulin
  • Heart condition
  • Seizure disorder requiring medication
  • Limb loss or impairment

Drivers applying for a CDLmust be medically certified by a licensed health care provider in the United States.

For more information: North Dakota Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
Some of the most common reasons why you would need to replace car registration card, plates, or decals include:

  • Lost
  • Stolen
  • Damaged or mutilated

You may acquire a car registration replacement by filling out an application and paying the required fees.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
North Dakota has a program for minors who get too many points on their driving record. The Minor Driver s License Recertification program is for driver under the age of 18 who have accumulated six or more points on their driving record. These minors may to go to traffic school to reinstate their driving privileges after having lost them due to alcohol and/or drug violations in involving a motor vehicle.

FOr more information: Traffic Violations in North Dakota.

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
If you are convicted of driving under the influence in the state of North Dakota, you could face the following penalties for your first offense:

  • Have a Class B misdemeanor on your record
  • $500 fine for BAC below 0.16 percent
  • $750 fine and two days in prison for BAC above 0.16 percent
  • Alcohol evaluation

Also, your driver s license will be suspended for 91 days if your BAC is below 0.18 percent and 180 days if your BAC is 0.18 percent and above.

For more Information: DUI/DWI Penalties in North Dakota

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
Suspended drivers license reinstatement fees are assessed by the type of violation that occurred. Some examples of North Dakota drivers license reinstatement fees are as follows:

  • Failure to show proof of insurance: $50
  • Accumulation of 12 or more points: $50
  • Refusal to submit to chemical testing: $100

These are just a sample of fees you can expect to pay to reinstate your drivers license in the state of North Dakota. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Dakota

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
The required fees for a North Dakota passenger vehicle registration include:

  • Vehicle excise tax fee: 5 percent
  • Certificate of title fee: $5
  • License fee: Based upon first year vehicle was registered and weight of vehicle, plus the Unsatisfied Judgement Fund fee of $1.

Also, an abandoned motor vehicle disposal fee $1.50 applies to initial application for certificate of title. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Dakota

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
The North Dakota car title replacement fee is currently $5, however, fees are subject to change. To apply for a duplicate title you may send your payment in the form of a check or money order to the North Dakota Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division. You may also apply in person at a ND MVD office location. Not all office locations provide the car title replacement service. Call 701-328-2725 for more information.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Dakota

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
The required fees to get a North Dakota car registration replacement are as follows:

  • Replacement plates: $5
  • Replacement decals: $3
  • Replacement registration card: $2

You must also fill out an Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle stating the reason that you are applying for a duplicate car registration. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
The fees associated with renewing car registration in North Dakota can be calculated using their online calculation tool. In order to use the system you will need to have your vehicle title number at hand.Car registration renewal fees are based on:

  • Year the vehicle was first registered
  • Vehicle gross weight

Once you ve calculated your renewal fees online, a PDF will be available for you to print out and send in with your application. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
Some states require a separate three-wheel motorcycle endorsement to ride a three-wheel motorcycle. The state of North Dakota provides supplemental information in the Motorcycle Operator Manual. Three-wheel motorcycle riders should familiarize themselves with the information in this manual that pertains to traditional 2-wheel motorcycles as well. The information provided on operating a motorcycle in traffic is of particular value to any motorcycle operator. Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2600 for more information regarding three-wheel motorcycle requirements.
What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
You may be eligible to apply for a temporary restricted license, also known as a work permit, if your North Dakota drivers license was suspended. A work permit allows you to drive with a suspended drivers license for life necessities only, such as going to and from work, school, grocery store, etc.Drivers may not be eligible for a work permit if they have too many violations and/or convictions accumulated on their driving record. If you drivers license was revoked, you will not be eligible to apply for a work permit.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Dakota

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
If you fail your driving test, you may schedule a test for another day. You cannot retake the test on the same day.To ensure that you pass your North Dakota driving test on your next try, you must follow the instructions of the test examiner. Also, be sure to follow the rules of the road by using your signals properly and obeying all road signs and traffic laws. It is also a good idea to maintain proper posture for the duration of your driving test.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Dakota

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
To get alearners permit in North Dakota, you will need to apply in person at a North Dakota License Site and bring with you the following documentation:

  • One proof of name, date of birth, and legal presence in the United States:
    • U.S. birth certificate
    • U.S. passport
    • Certificate of Naturalization
  • One proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security Card
    • W-2 form
  • Two proofs of North Dakota residence:
    • Government issued tax form
    • Bank statement
    • Utility bill

Your Social Security Number will not be used as your learner s permit ID number.

For more information: Beginner Drivers in North Dakota

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
Getting a motorcycle license requires that you appear in person at a ND DMV office and fill out an application. You will also need to provide the following documentation:

  • One proof of name, date of birth, and legal presence in the United States:
    • U.S. birth certificate
    • U.S. passport
    • Certificate of Naturalization
  • One proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security Card
    • W-2 form
  • Two proofs of North Dakota residence:
    • Government issued tax form
    • Bank statement
    • Utility bill

If you are under 16, you must show proof of your enrollment in the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course in the form of a confirmation sheet or a completion card.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Dakota

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
To get drivers license in North Dakota, you will need proof of your identity and of your North Dakota residence. The following are the documents you need to get a driver s license and some examples of them:

  • One proof of name, date of birth, and legal presence in the United States:
    • U.S. birth certificate
    • U.S. passport
    • Certificate of Naturalization
  • One proof of Social Security Number:
    • Social Security Card
    • W-2 form
  • Two proofs of North Dakota residence:
    • Government issued tax form
    • Bank statement
    • Utility bill

P.O. boxes are not acceptable forms of residence addresses in North Dakota.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Dakota

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
To replace car title, you will need to complete and sign an Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle. On the application you will need to provide information such as:

  • Lien holder information, if applicable
  • Vehicle information (Make, model, VIN number)
  • Reason that you are requesting a duplicate title

Bring with you your driver s license as proof of identification to apply for a duplicate title at a North Dakota DOT Motor Vehicle Division office.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Dakota

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
Commercial drivers and noncommercial drivers may have to submit proof of residency to change address on drivers license card. Two documents form the following acceptable categories may be necessary to establish proof of North Dakota residence address. Acceptable documents include but are not limited to:

  • Bank statement
  • Utility bill
  • Rent receipt
  • Government issued tax form

All documents need to be dated within six months of the current date to be valid for proof of residency.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Dakota

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
In the state of North Dakota, US citizens and non-US citizens alike may have to present proof of residency to change address on drivers license. Acceptable forms of proof of address include but are not limited to:

  • Government issued tax form
  • Pay stub
  • Transcript from an accredited school
  • Bank statement

All documents need to be dated within six months of the current date to be valid for proof of residency.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Dakota

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
To get a North Dakota car registration replacement, you will need to fill out an Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle. On the application for replacement registration, you must state the reason why you are requesting a replacement registration. You may only request a replacement registration if yours has been lost, stolen, damaged, or mutilated.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
The documents needed to get a new North Dakota car registration include:

Along with these documents, you are responsible for fees such as motor vehicle excise tax of 5 percent, the certificate of title fee, and license fees.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in North Dakota

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
To renew car registration online, you may need one of the following documents for reference:

  • Current registration card
  • Registration renewal invoice

If you are using your registration renewal invoice, then you will need to provide the invoice number on the document. From the registration card, you must provide your title and plate number to get access on the online renewal system.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
In the state of North Dakota, you will need to renew drivers license in person at a DMV location. The documents you will be required to provide include:

  • Current North Dakota driver s license
  • Payment for the $15 renewal fee

Fees are subject to change. If you choose to schedule an appointment to renew your drivers license, you will also need to bring with you the booking confirmation number you received online.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Dakota

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
To transfer title of your car, you will need to fill out the following documents:

If applicable, you must provide lien holder information such as name, mailing address, and loan account number on your application to transfer car title.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Dakota

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
To apply for a ND duplicate drivers license, you will need to present proof of your identity and legal presence in the United States. Examples of acceptable proof of identity and citizenship status include but are not limited to:

  • Government issued US birth certificate
  • Canadian birth certificate, if one of the parents was born in Canada
  • Certificate of citizenship

You must be a resident of the state of North Dakota to receive a drivers license replacement.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Dakota Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
To get your motorcycle license in the state of North Dakota, you will need to pass the following exams:

  • Class M motorcycle licenseknowledge test
  • Motorcycle on-road test
  • Noncommercial driver s license written test (only if you do not yet have a permit or driver s license)
  • Vision test

Applicants under the age of 16 must be enrolled in a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course to apply for a ND motorcycle license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in North Dakota

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
To replace car title, you will need to complete and sign an Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle. On the application you will need to provide information such as:

  • Lien holder information, if applicable
  • Vehicle information (Make, model, VIN number)
  • Reason that you are requesting a duplicate title

The duplicate title will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. You must also pay the duplicate title fee is $5. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Dakota

What happens if I don’t pay for my traffic ticket from another state?
The state of North Dakota receives and shares information regarding traffic violations and convictions with other states. Therefore, failure to pay an out-of-state traffic fine has the same consequences as failing to pay a traffic ticket in your home state. This implies a possible suspension on your ND drivers license and higher costs to reinstate your diving privileges.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in North Dakota

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
If you get a traffic ticketin your personal vehicle and you have a commercial driver s license, you must report it to your employer within 30 days of issuance. You do not need to report parking tickets to your employer. Serious traffic violations on a CDL may result in you losing your CDL license for a period of up to 120 days. Serious traffic violations include speeding in excess of 15 miles per hour and driving while using a mobile electronic device.

For more information: Ticket Information for North Dakota

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
The state of North Dakota has stringent rules for commercial drivers caught driving under the influence or who refuse to submit to a chemical test. It is against the law to operate a commercial motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .04 percent or more. The first conviction will result a suspended CDL for one year. If you are convicted of a second DUI, you will be disqualified for life from operating a commercial vehicle.

For more information: North Dakota Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
If you locate your original title after you have been issued a car title replacement, you should contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division, immediately. If you have yet to receive your duplicate title, there is a chance that you may be able to cancel the transaction with the MVD. If you have already received the replacement title after locating the original, then you may have to relinquish the replacement title back to the DOR. Please visit a local ND MVD office or call 701-328-2725 for more information.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Dakota

What information does a driving record contain?
A complete North Dakota driving record contains information including:

  • Points.
  • Traffic tickets and violations.
  • Convictions.
  • Status of driver s license (suspended, revoked).
  • Automobile accident information.

You may request a copy of your complete driving record via mail or fax. An online driving record is also available which does not contain points, violations, or convictions in the last three years.

For more information: Your North Dakota Driving Record

What is an ID card?
An ID card is a non-driver identification card that may be issued to any North Dakota resident, regardless of age. Residents who have reached the age of 14 may designate if they would like to be an organ donor on their state ID card.

To apply for a ND ID card, you must appear in person at a North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver s License site and provide proof of your name, date of birth, legal presence in the United States, social security number, and proof of your North Dakota residence address to get a ND ID card.

For more information: How to Apply for a North Dakota Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
The North Dakota Department of Transportation estimates thatDUI convictions could cost up to $10,000 in fines and fees. The set fees are as follows:

  • $500 fine for first offense with blood alcohol content below 0.16 percent
  • $100 driver s license reinstatement fee
  • $300 vehicle towing, impound, and mandatory alcohol evaluation
  • $2,500 for court and DUI attorney fees
  • $6,000 for high risk auto insurance premiums

Court costs, attorney fees, and auto insurance premium figures are estimates. These costs may greatly vary. Fees subject to change.

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
The cost of traffic ticket is heavily dependent on many factors. Those factors include, the violation, the jurisdiction, and how many points it adds to your driving record. In North Dakota, each county determines their traffic fine amounts. You may contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2725 for more information on the cost of traffic tickets in your area.

For more information How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in North Dakota

What is the cost to get a driver record?
The North Dakota Department of Transportation offers three ways you can check your driving record:

  • Online
  • By mail
  • By fax

The cost of each driving record is $3. Fees subject to change. To pay via fax, send your credit card number, expiration and V-code information to 701-328-2435.

For more information: Your North Dakota Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
Commercial driver s license holders will have their CDL license disqualified for one year if they are convicted of:

  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI).
  • Being under the influence of a controlled substance.
  • Refusing to submit to a chemical test.

The one-year disqualification is for an initial DUI conviction. A second subsequent conviction will lead to having your CDL permanently disqualified.

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
Minors under the age of 18 can have their driver s license or learners permit cancelled if they are convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Any minor who is caught with a blood alcohol content above 0.02 percent will have their driving privileges taken away. Even possession of alcohol will lead to the revocation of your driving privileges.

Minors canregain driving privileges if they participate in a driver training course before they re-apply for a learners permit.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for North Dakota

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
The minimum liability insurance coverage for the state of North Dakota is as follows:

  • $25,000 per person
  • $50,000 per accident, bodily injury
  • $25,000 per accident, property damage

You must be able to show proof ofthe minimum liabilitycar insurance, if pulled over by a law enforcement official.

For more information: North Dakota Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What is the passing score for a written test?
To get a passing score on the required written drivers test for a ND leaners permit, you will have to study the Noncommercial Driver s License Manual. The manual contains all the information needed to successfully pass the Rules of the Road knowledge test giving by the North Dakota Department of Transpiration. A hard copy of the manual is available at any ND Driver s License site.

For more information: Beginner Drivers in North Dakota

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
To get vehicle title for a scooter or motorcycle, you will have to apply for a Certificate of Title for the state of North Dakota. To apply for a title, you must:

You must also pay the vehicle license fees to register your moped or motorcycle.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Dakota

What languages is the written test available in?
The North Dakota drivers license written test is available in 11 different languages. There are also American Sign Language and audio versions of the test available. The written test is available in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • English
  • Nepali
  • Russian
  • Serb Croatian
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese

Audio and American Sign Language versions of the test are only available at the Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, and Williston DMV locations.

For more information: Written Test in North Dakota

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
If your driving privileges are suspended due to a DUI/DWI conviction, you will need to pay a $100 dollar reinstatement fee to reinstate suspendeddrivers license. For your first offense, your license is suspended:

  • 91 days if blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent – 0.17 percent.
  • 180 days if BAC is 0.18 percent and above.

Subsequent DUI convictions result in additional fees and suspension length. Fees subject to change.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for North Dakota

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
It is important that you keep your address on file up-to-date so that you may receive any correspondences from the DOR such as renewal notices. If you do not fill out aNorth Dakota DMV address change form online, you may face some unintended consequences such as neglecting to re-register your vehicle or driving with an expired license.

There is no cost to update your address on record with the North Dakota DOT. If you would like your updated address to be reflected on your driver s license then you must visit your local licensing office to apply for a duplicate license.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Dakota

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
Drivers may renew their North Dakota drivers license up to 10 months before it expires without losing any time on it. Technically, your driving privileges expire on your birthday at midnight.

You may use your expired drivers license for one year without facing any penalties. If you do not renew expired drivers licenseone yearafter your driver s license expires, you will have to re-take the knowledge and road tests.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Dakota

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
The state of North Dakota does not require residents to provide proof of insurance when they register their vehicle. However, drivers must have the minimum liability insurance on their vehicle. Drivers are required to show proof of insurance, if pulled over by a law enforcement official for a separate violation.

For more information: North Dakota Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
If you have not yet received your North Dakota car registration decals then you should contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division at 701-328-2725. After you have applied for a car registration renewal either online or by mail, then you should allow up to five weeks for your new decals to arrive in the mail.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
If you have not received your renewed driver s license, you should contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2500 to inquire about the status of your drivers license renewal. Technically, you have up to one year following the expiration of your drivers license to renew.

After one year, you must re-take the knowledge and road tests. Be sure that your mailing address is up to date with the North Dakota DMV so that you receive your renewed drivers license in a timely manner.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Dakota

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
To get your North Dakota learners permit, you will have to take a few tests including:

  • Rules of the road knowledge test
  • Vision test

The Noncommercial Driver s License Manual contains all the information needed to pass the knowledge test to get your learner s permit. The test is available in 11 different languages including American Sign Language.

For more information: Beginner Drivers in North Dakota

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
To get North Dakota CDL license, applicants must take a general knowledge test as well as the CDL skills test. In addition, you must also take a written test for each any endorsement you re applying for. The following are the available endorsement tests:

  • Airbrakes test
  • Combination vehicles test
  • Doubles/Triples test
  • Hazardous Materials test
  • Passenger Transport test
  • School bus test
  • Tanker test

After you’ve passed the required written tests, you must take a CDL skills test. The skills test will consist of pre-trip vehicle inspection, basic vehicle control, and road test components.

For more information: North Dakota Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
To get your North Dakota drivers license as a first time applicant, you will have to take a few tests including:

  • Written knowledge test
  • Road test
  • Vision test

You must make an appointment for road test online before you go to the DMV location. However, applicants are not required to make an appointment to take the written drivers test. The cost for each test is $5. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Dakota

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
North Dakota drivers are required to have the propercar insurance and be able to provide proof of minimum liability insurance coverage, if asked for it by a law enforcement officer who stops you for another violation. Care insurance policy must include no-fault coverage.

For more information: North Dakota Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
To operate any one motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) under 26,001 pounds, the North Dakota DMV issues a Class D noncommercial drivers license. Classes A, B, and C are reserved for commercial driving. A Class M drivers license is for the operation of two or three-wheeled motorcycles. Drivers with a Class D license who are 15 years old may also operate a farm vehicle within 150 miles of their farm.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Dakota

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
Drivers in North Dakota who fail to obtain or keep car insurance on their vehicle, face getting caught driving without insurance, which is against the law. The state of North Dakota requires that all motor vehicles carry at least the minimum liability car insurance.

If you are cited for driving without the proper car insurance,your car tags may be suspended or revoked by the Motor Vehicle Division. Additionally, your driving record may be assessed six, 12, or 14 points for driving without liability insurance and you will be required to show proof of insurance with the MVD for the next three years.

For more information: North Dakota Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
The length of your drivers license suspension depends on the type of violation as well as the number of points you have accumulated on your driving record. You may apply for North Dakota suspended drivers license reinstatement after your suspension period is over. Drivers licenses suspensions are handed out once you reach 12 points on your driving record. Your driver license will be suspended for seven days for each point you accumulate after 11 points.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Dakota

When does my car registration expire?
In North Dakota, when you need to renew expired car registrationis based on one of two factors:

  • Date of sale
  • Date first used on North Dakota highway

Your registration expires on the first day of the month of expiration. For example, if your car registration expires in the month of October, then you will have to renew by the first of October.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

When does my ID card expire?
Your North Dakota ID card expires on your date of birth, the sixth year after it was issued. Any North Dakota resident, regardless of age, is eligible to apply for a non-driver identification card. If you do not hold a driver s license, then it is free to renew your ND ID card. If you do have a driver s license, then it is $8 to renew your ID card. Fees are subject to change.
When must I change my address with the DMV?
Drivers should submit an online North Dakota DMV address change form as soon aspossible. Noncommercial driver s license holders are required to update their address information with the DMV within 10 days.

Changing your address on your record does not change the address on your driver s license card. To update your driver s license card with your new address, you will need to get a duplicate license at a ND DOT driver license site for $3. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in North Dakota

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
A Bill of Sale is a certificate of transfer of personal property. You will need a Bill of Sale to title and register the following types of vehicles in North Dakota:

Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division at 701-328-2725 for more information on when you would need to complete a Bill of Sale.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in North Dakota

When will I need to renew my license?
Your North Dakota drivers license expires on your birthday, six years after it was issued. The ND DOT sends out drivers license renewal reminders approximately two months prior to the expiration of your driver s license. Although, you may renew up to 10 months prior to your expiration date without losing time on your drivers license. You have up to one year after your drivers license expires to renew license without having to retake the knowledge and road skills tests.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Dakota

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
When you receive your drivers license replacement after applying is dependent on the procedures of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. You may receive your replacement license in any one of the following manners:

If your license is sent by mail, you can usually expect it to arrive to your mailing address within seven to 10 business days.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated North Dakota Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
The North Dakota Department of Transportation online system allows you to check on the status of our drivers license on their website. You may check the status of your driver s license by submitting your drivers license number.

Drivers may also order a limited driving record online for $3. The online driving record will not show any violations more than three years old. Additionally, drivers can check to see a drivers license suspensionby requesting a complete driving record by mail.

For more information: Suspended License Information for North Dakota

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
To find out more information on the taxes you will be responsible for paying when you register your vehicle, you may contact your local tax county collectors’ office. In North Dakota, the vehicle excise tax rate is 5 percent of the purchase price. Car license and registration fees are paid to the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division. The North Dakota Office of the State Tax Commissioner, Sales and Use Tax office may be reached at 701-328-1246.
Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
An ignition interlock device (IID) is a device that works through a car ignition and measures the blood alcohol (BAC) content of the driver before they can start the car and it is used by the courts to help monitor compliance after a driver has been convicted of DWI.

You can find more information about an ignition interlock device from the North Dakota Courts. It is up to the courts to decide if an ignition interlock device will be required in a particular DUI case.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for North Dakota

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
You can view your traffic citation information online at the North Dakota State Court website. There, you may provide either your first and last name or your citation number to search for your citation information. You may also pay for your traffic ticket online. Allow at least four days from the date of your citation to view your information online.

For more information How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in North Dakota

Where can I get a new drivers license?
Drivers can obtain a new ND drivers license at any North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver License site location. Office hours vary by location. All offices are closed from 12p.m.-1p.m. for lunch with the exception of the Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, and MinotDMV locations.

You must schedule an appointment online to take the road test. You do not need to schedule the written test although, you must not arrive no later than one hour before noon or no later than one hour before closing to sit for the test.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in North Dakota

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
If your car title has been lost, stolen, or damaged then you can apply for a duplicate title through the North Dakota Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division by mailing your Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle to:

North Dakota Department of Transportation

608 East Boulevard Avenue

Bismarck, ND 58505-0700

The fee for a duplicate title is $5. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Dakota

Where can I obtain an ID card?
You can get a North Dakota ID card at any North Dakota Department of Transportation Driver s License office site. Any ND resident may apply for an ID card. No fee is charged for applicants obtaining an ID card who do not have a driver s license. If you do have a driver s license, then the fee for an ID card is $8. Fees are subject to change. Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation at 701-328-2600 for more information on the closest DMV location to you.

For more information: How to Apply for a North Dakota Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
Vehicles in North Dakota that are required to have proper car insurance and meet the minimum liability insurance coverage includes vehicle operated on:

  • Public streets.
  • Highways.
  • Roads.
  • Off-highway roads.

Contact your car insurance company for more information on policies rates for different types of vehicles.

For more information: North Dakota Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
If you are under 18 years old, you must have a parent or legal guardian sign for you to get a learner s permit. The adult is signing permission and financial liability for the minor. Parent involvement is just as important after the minor receives their driving permit. A 14 or 15 year old must have 50 hours of supervised driving in a vehicle owned by a parent or other close family member such as an aunt, uncle, or sibling.

For more information: Lerner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in North Dakota

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
A recent traffic ticket may not appear on your driving record for a couple of reasons, including:

  • The ticket has not been processed yet because the ticket happened less than 10 days prior.
  • The ticket is less than a three-point violation.

Contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Driver s License Division at 701-328-2600 for more information.

For more information: Your North Dakota Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
Yes, all applicants are required to take a vision test upon renewal of their North Dakota drivers license. You must have a visual acuity of at least 20/40 in one or both eyes. The minimum visual acuity acceptable is at least 20/80 in the ‘good’ eye if 20/100 in other eye. In lieu of a vison test, you may submit at certificate of vision from a physician or optometrist. The exam must have been taken at least six months prior to renewing drivers license.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Dakota

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
Yes, you will receive a renewal notice in the mail from the North Dakota Department of Transportation around two months prior to the expiration of your driver s license. Renewal notices are third-class mail so if you have moved and not updated your address with the DMV, then these notices are not automatically forwarded to your new address. It is still the responsibility of the driver to renew drivers license before it expires. You do not need to bring your renewal notice with you to the DMV to renew your drivers license.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in North Dakota

Will I get any points on my record if I received a traffic ticket from another state?
Yes, if you receive a ticket outside of North Dakota, it will be treated as if received in your home state. This means that points will be added to your driving record if convicted of a moving violation in another state. However, you have two options: pay the fine or contest the ticket in court. Contact a traffic attorney to help you fight the out-of-state traffic citation if that is the step you wish to take. Otherwise, contact the court or the DMV of the state that issued your traffic ticket for information on how to pay traffic ticket.

For more information: North Dakota Motor Vehicle Division Point System

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
Yes, points will be assessed to your North Dakota driving record if you receive a traffic ticket. Points are assessed based on the how many miles you were going over the speed limit. For example, one point will be assed for clocking 11-15 miles over the speed limit. If your traffic ticket says that you were traveling 36-45 miles over the speed limit, then you will have 12 points added to your record. At 11 or more points, your driver s license will be suspended for a period of seven days.

For more information How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in North Dakota

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
The North Dakota Department of Transportation has approved a Minor Driver s License Recertification course for minors under the age of 18 to take in order to reinstate a ND learners permit. Minors reinstating a learner s permit must pass the course as well as retest for a driving permit. The minor may also choose to wait to go for their permit at the age of 18 in lieu of having to complete the driver training course.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for North Dakota

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
Yes, you will need to fill out an application to replace a car registration. To apply for a North Dakota car registration replacement, you must complete an Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle. On the application, you must certify the reason that you are requesting a duplicate car registration. There is also a replacement fee ranging from $2 to $5, that you must pay in order to receive your car registration replacement. Fees are subject to change.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
No, it is not required to present proof of insurance in order to get a ND duplicate car title. The only required document you need to present is a completed and signed Application for Certificate of Title and Registration of a Motor Vehicle. Insurance requirements are not enforced through the car title application process, though North Dakota law does require every vehicle to be insured with at least minimum liability car insurance. A law enforcement officer will verify your car insurance if you are pulled over for any reason.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in North Dakota

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
Yes, you will receive a car registration renewal notice in the mail. The North Dakota MVD sends out a vehicle renewal invoice that shows when you need to renew and the amount owed. Only one notice will be sent out concerning your car registration renewal. The invoice contains a detailed breakdown of the fees associated with renewing car registration.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Dakota

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
No, your car registration expiration date will not necessarily fall on the day or the month of your birth. The state of North Dakota follows a system of staggering car and other vehicle registrations. Your car registration renewal date depends on date the car was sold or the date the date in which it was originally registered. Also, your car registration expires on the first day of the month of expiration.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in North Dakota