North Dakota Drivers License: A New License Guide

Today you will learn what’s required to get a North Dakota driver’s license.

To begin, a North Dakota license is required for anyone wanting to legally drive on state roads and highways. The license application process doesn’t take long if you have the appropriate paperwork and time needed when visiting your local ND DMV.

The process in this article assumes you’re an adult applying for a new license or have a provisional license through the state’s GDL program. If this doesn’t describe you, see our learner’s permit and/or provisional licensing guides to begin the steps through the graduated licensing program.

Ready? Let’s begin.

North Dakota Driver’s License: Step-by-Step

This guide assumes one of the following:

  • You’re an adult and want to apply for a new license
  • You need to transfer your out-of-state license (you have 90 days)
  • Your old license expired you allowed it to lapse renewal/reinstatement
  • You’re holding a learner or provisional license (going through the GDL)

If one of these describes you, you can apply for a new driver’s license by visiting a North Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT). There, you’ll submit the appropriate paperwork, pass your required tests, and pay the appropriate fees to get your ND license.

Other requirements when applying include:

  • Being 18 years old or older
  • Be an ND and U.S. resident
  • Be safe to drive a vehicle

You will begin by getting an instructional permit:

  1. Visit a local DMV office
  2. Provide proof of identification
  3. Show proof of Social Security number
  4. Pass your tests:
    1. Vision
    2. Knowledge
  5. Pay the fees:
    1. $15 permit
    2. $5 written test

The written/knowledge test examines your understanding of road rules and signs. You can practice using the state’s license manual. Or, take an online practice test to improve your passing chances.

You will use this time to practice driving with someone over 18 or a licensed adult. When you’re ready, you can re-visit the DMV to get your license.

Here is what you’ll do when you return:

  1. Present your instructional permit
  2. Take and pass the driving exam ($5 fee)
  3. Get your driver’s license

The road test examines your ability to control the vehicle and adhere to signs and commands. This may include your ability to change lanes, maneuver the vehicle, park, and more. You will provide your vehicle when conducting this test. Make sure you have ND auto insurance when doing it.

Congratulations, You’re a Licensed Driver in North Dakota

Submitting these documents, taking these steps, and passing the tests will grant you a driver’s license in North Dakota. Keep note of your license expiration date as you’ll want to renew an ND license as it draws close. Failing to renew on time can result in loss of driving privileges.

The open roads of North Dakota are now yours to explore. Enjoy yourself and happy travels!