- To obtain a North Dakota operator's license, you must visit one of the ND Drivers License Sites.
- No appointment is needed to take the written examination; however,
you must have an appointment for a road test.
- Please notify the Drivers License Division if you change your address.
- Commercial license holders must obtain a duplicate license if there is a change of address.
- You may renew your drivers license 10 months prior to its expiration date without losing any of the time remaining on your current license.
- You must retest if your license is expired more than one year.
The minimum driving age in North Dakota is 16. You may
not drive in North Dakota if you are under 16, even if you are licensed in another state.
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 the age of 18 to be issued a permit or license.
If you are at least 14 years of age and wish to be identified as a donor on your operator's license, permit, or identification card, you may do so by signing the donor identification block on the application form.
As part of a nationwide effort to enhance
the issuance of secure identification credentials, proof of current
name, legal presence, and date of birth is required when applying for a North
Dakota Permit, License, or Identification card. Out of state permits, licenses,
and ID cards will not be accepted as proof of name, legal presence, and date of birth.
All applications for permit, license, or identification card must
include a social security number. The social security number will
be verified with the Social Security Administration. However, the
social security number will not be used as the identification card number.
Acceptable forms of identification are:
- U.S. Birth Certificate (State certified; Government-Issued[includes U.S. Territories])
- Valid unexpired U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card
- U.S. Government-Issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Certificate or FS240-seal required)
- Valid Foreign Passport with I-94 card or I-551 stamp
- U.S. Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military ID card
- U.S. Court Order for adoption containing the legal name and date of birth (Court seal required)
- North Dakota state issued permit, license, or ID card
- The following unexpired immigration documents:
Only original documents and certified copies will be accepted. No photocopies. A court order or government issued marriage certificate is required for a name change. Several documents may be necessary in the event there has been more than one name change since birth.
Fees For ID Cards, Licenses, Permits, and Driving Tests.
$8 or $3 for name or address change only
Non-commercial permit or license
Commercial permit or license
$15 plus $3 per endorsement
Copy of Driving Record
To obtain a copy of your driving record,
submit a written request and $3 fee.
Include your signature, full name, date
of birth, driver ID number, and mailing address.
Please include the
reason for your request.
This request may be submitted via
letter or the form for Request for Driver Abstract
Send request to:
608 E Boulevard Ave
Bismarck ND 58505-0700
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- Any person other than a nonresident
student, a tourist, or a nonresident member of the Armed Forces
has lived in this state 90 consecutive days shall be deemed a resident
of North Dakota for the purpose of driver licensing.
- You may use your
non-commercial license from another state for a period of 60 days
after you become a resident of North Dakota.
- You may use your commercial
license from another state for a period of 30 days after you become
a resident of North Dakota.
- Proof of North Dakota resident address
may be required.
- A North Dakota licensed driver who
is a member of the Armed Forces and stationed out of state,
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 and has not been suspended,
revoked, or cancelled.
- It is advised that you contact our office
every four years to ensure your record remains on file with us.
This extension does not apply to North Dakota military dependents.
- Upon return to state, the North Dakota license, Military ID Card,
and proof of duty station must be presented to obtain a new license.
- Acceptable forms of proof of duty station are discharge orders (presented
within 30 days of separation), leave papers, leave and earnings
statement, PCS orders, or a letter from the duty station.