What Does The North Dakota DOT Do?

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT) handles all services for drivers in the state, including driver licensing and ID card applications and renewals; vehicle titles, registrations, and renewals; and driving records. The ND Game and Fish Department is responsible for boat/vessel registrations.

When you move to North Dakota, you must exchange your driver’s license and apply for a vehicle registration within 150 days of establishing residency in the state. If you’re temporarily working in North Dakota, you can alternatively apply for either a 6-month or 12-month temporary registration permit. Most vehicles will not need to undergo inspection for registration purposes.

The DOT also has specific information geared toward its military residents and non-residents, in order to accommodate the unique circumstances that military service brings. Non-residents stationed in North Dakota are not required to get a ND license or registration while serving in the state.

Online and Third-Party Services

The North Dakota DOT offers several online services, including:

  • Appointments
  • Road test scheduling
  • License status checks
  • Driver license/ID card renewal
  • Driver license/ID card replacement
  • Reinstatement fee payments
  • Registration renewal
  • Temporary registrations and permits (non-residents)
  • Specialty plate orders
  • Address changes
  • Organ donor registration

You can access many licensing and registration forms online. You can also access the North Dakota Driver Handbook online, in addition to the Motorcycle and Commercial driver handbooks. Looking to study for your license exam? The DOT offers an online practice test to help you ace your written test.

The ND DOT partners with a third-party vendor, Nemo-Q, for its online scheduling platform. The agency also works with third-party servicers for title and registration tasks, driver education and training, motorcycle training and testing, and CDL education and testing in the state.

Contact Information

Department of Transportation

608 E. Boulevard Ave

Bismarck, ND 58505


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