North Dakota

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of North Dakota. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving


    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions
    .18 91 days After 30 days Vehicle confiscation

    Ignition Interlocks



    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
    Yes Yes Yes


  • Autonomous Vehicles

    Authorized a study on AVs.

  • Child Passenger Safety

    Child Restraint Required

    Younger than 8 years of age and under 57"

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    8-17 yrs

    Younger than 8 years of age and 57" or taller

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $25 + 1 point

  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?


    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers


    Novice Drivers

    Drivers under 18. Primary law.

    Text Messaging Ban?

    All drivers. Primary law.

  • Drug Impaired Driving

    DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

    • None

    Marijuana-Specific Laws

    • Possession and Use: Legal for medical use
    • Impaired Driving: None
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    6 years

    Provisions for Mature Drivers

    78 and over: renewal every 4 years


  • Motorcyclists

    Helmets required for all riders under 18 and all passengers if operator is under 18. Universal helmet law repealed 1977.

  • Seat Belts

    Type of Law

    Secondary; Primary for occupants under 18

    Who Is Covered?

    Riders 18 and over

    In What Seat?

    Riders 18 and over: Front

    Riders under 18: All

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    Riders 18 and over: $20

    Riders under 18: $25 + 1 point on license

  • Sobriety Checkpoints

    Checkpoints are conducted. Their legality is upheld under state and federal Constitution.

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras

    No state law or programs

    Red Light Cameras

    No state law or programs

  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving

    Rural Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    75 75

    Less than 75 MPH on some rural interstates

    Urban Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    75 75

    Less than 75 on some urban interstates

    Other Limited Access Roads

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)

    4-lane: 70

    Other: 65

    4-lane: 70

    Other: 65

  • Teen and Novice Drivers

    Full Privilege Minimum Age

    16 years

    Learner Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Minimum Duration (Months)

    Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)

    14 12 for drivers under 16; otherwise, 6 months or until age 18 (whichever comes first) 50 for drivers under 16; otherwise none

    Intermediate Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Nighttime Driving Restriction

    Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

    16; 15 for a parent-requested restricted license Sunset or 9 p.m. (whichelver is later) - 5 a.m. No restriction (other than vehicle manufacturer recommendations)

    *Note: Those with a restricted license may only operate a vehicle owned by their parents or legal guardian and are not permitted to drive a car with more passengers than the vehicle's manufacturer recommends.

  • Work Zones

    Violations Affected


    Enhanced Penalties

    Minimum $80

    Workers Must Be Present?


    Signs Must Be Present?