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Guide to the North Dakota DMV

North Dakota DMV Guide

If you’re new to North Dakota, or have recently purchased a car, you may need to understand the vehicle registration process.

North Dakota Vehicle Registration

If you’ve just moved to North Dakota, you are required to apply for a vehicle title transfer from your previous state. Then you will need to visit a North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) office and:

North Dakota Vehicle Inspections

In North Dakota, you have ninety days from establishing residency to have your vehicle registered. If you’re applying for a salvaged title, a rebuilt or modified vehicle, or an antique vehicle, you will require a VIN verification and an inspection. Inspection fees will vary by location.

North Dakota Registration Renewal

You will need to renew your registration with the North Dakota DMV before it expires. You will usually be notified that your term is coming to an end by mail with a renewal notice. You can sign up to receive renewal notices by email. You can renew your registration online, by mail, or in person.

North Dakota Vehicle Title

When you purchase a car, you will receive a title, signed by the seller. To transfer your car title with the NDDOT you’ll have to provide that title, along with proof of registration and any applicable fees, as well as an application for title. The title transfer fee is $5.

Getting Your North Dakota Driver’s License

You can apply for your driver’s license in person at the NDDOT office. You will need to pass a vision, written, and driving exam, and provide proof of identification and residency. Both the written and driving exams cost $5. If you have an out-of-state driver’s license that is not yet expired, you may be able to waive the written and driving exams. Your driver’s license fee is $15.

North Dakota Auto Insurance Requirements

Insurance is required for every vehicle in North Dakota. North Dakota requires that you have liability coverage, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, and no-fault coverage. You must meet the following minimums:


  • $25,000 for bodily injury, per person
  • $50,000 for total bodily injury when multiple people are injured
  • $25,000 for property damage

Uninsured/Underinsured Coverage

  • $25,000 for bodily injury, per person
  • $50,000 for total bodily injury if passengers were injured

Personal Injury Protection

  • $30,000 per person, per accident