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
    .18 91 days After 30 days

    Ignition Interlocks



    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws
    Yes No


  • Child Passenger Safety

    Child Restraint Required

    Younger than 8 years of age and under 57"

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    Less than 8 yrs if 57” or taller 
    8-17 yrs

  • 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: Decriminalized for legal for medical use
    • Impaired Driving: None
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    6 years

    Provisions for Mature Drivers

    78 and older: renew 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 Universal helmet law repealed 1977.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?

    18 and over

    In What Seat?

    18 and over: Front

    Under 18: All

  • 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. (whichever 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.