A Guide to Learner's Permits and Driver's Licenses in North Dakota
North Dakota Department of Transportation
North Dakota offers a straightforward process for individuals looking to obtain a learner's permit or driver's license. The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) oversees the entire process, ensuring that applicants meet all the necessary criteria. This guide aims to provide you with a comprehensive overview of what to expect.
Appointment and Address Changes
In North Dakota, you must visit an NDDOT Drivers License Site to obtain an operator's license. An appointment is required for all services. If you change your address, you should report it to the Drivers License Division. Commercial license holders must get a duplicate license if their address changes.
You can renew your driver's license 10 months before its expiration date without losing any time on your current license. If your license is expired for more than one year, you must retest.
The minimum driving age in North Dakota is 16. However, a North Dakota resident can obtain a restricted license at the age of 15. A parent or legal guardian must sign for a minor under 18 to be issued a permit or license.
Proof of identification is mandatory for all applicants.
Written test: $5
Road test: $5
Duplicate license or permit: $8 or $3 for name or address change only
Non-commercial permit or license: $15
Commercial permit or license: $15 plus $3 per endorsement
You can submit an online request to obtain a copy of your driving record. A fee of $3 is applicable.
You become a resident of North Dakota for driver licensing purposes after living in the state for 90 consecutive days. You may use your non-commercial license from another state for 60 days after becoming a resident and your commercial license for 30 days.
North Dakota licensed drivers who are members of the Armed Forces and stationed out of state may continue to use their non-commercial North Dakota driver license until 30 days after separation without renewing, provided the license is accompanied by military identification.
North Dakota offers a straightforward and efficient system for obtaining a learner's permit or driver's license. With specific guidelines on appointments, renewals, and age requirements, the state ensures a smooth process for all applicants.