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    Get a Drivers License in North Dakota

    Ensure You're Eligible to Apply for a Driver's License

    Teens younger than 18 years old must hold their North Dakota instruction permit for 6 months before taking the road test for an operator's license. If you are younger than 16 years old, you must also complete driver's ed prior to road testing.

    Before all applicants take a road test, they must pass the vision and written exams and book an appointment with the ND Department of Transportation.

    B) Make a Road Test Appointment at the ND DOT

    You must make a road test appointment with one of the North Dakota Drivers License and Testing offices. Call your nearby location to book an appointment when you feel ready to pass your driving skills test.

    Find Your Local NDDOT Office

    C) Gather Required Documents and North Dakota License Fees

    When applying for your driver's license, be prepared to submit the following to the ND DOT:

    • Driver education certificate of completion (if under 16 years old)
    • Proof of current name and date of birth; check the state's full list of acceptable forms of identification
    • Permit fees
    • Proof of insurance for your road test vehicle*

    *You must provide a road test vehicle that displays current registration. Before your road test begins, an examiner will inspect the vehicle equipment and ensure everything is in good working order.

    D) Take the Road Test

    With your required documents and fees in hand, head to the ND DOT office with a licensed driver. If you are younger than 16 years old, you must be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian. The state requires parents or legal guardians to sign an authorization stating the need for you to drive their vehicle.

    License Test Retakes

    If you fail any of the license exams, the state allows you to retest. However, you won't be allowed to retake your test the same day.

    E) Get Your North Dakota Driver's License

    Restricted North Dakota License

    If you are younger than 18 years old, you'll receive a restricted ND driver's license.

    Operator's License

    With an operator's license you can drive unsupervised at any time.

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