Under primary enforcement laws, which means that you can be pulled over by police for no other behavior or reason, it is illegal for new drivers under 18 to use a cell phone while operating a vehicle. Text messaging is banned for all drivers no matter their age.
You will pay a maximum fine of $25 plus one point on your record if you fail to secure properly child passengers weighing less than 80 pounds who are age six or younger in a child restraint system. Children over age seven can wear adult seatbelts if they fit correctly.
While marijuana use has been decriminalized in the state, and there are no specific marijuana driving laws, North Dakota has a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs.
Drunk drivers will have their license suspended for 91 days and their vehicle confiscated on a first offense, in addition to any criminal penalties. Penalties are increased for those with a blood alcohol concentration of .18 or higher.
Teens can begin the driver’s license process at age 14 with a learner’s permit. Full privileges and an unrestricted license are available at age 16.
Motorcycle riders must wear a helmet if they are under 18 or if the driver is under 18.
Mature drivers are to renew their license every six years until the age of 78 when they must renew every four years.
Under primary enforcement laws, all passengers in front and rear seats must wear their seatbelt. Under secondary enforcement laws, all adult passengers must wear their seatbelt in the front seat.
The state conducts sobriety checkpoints across the state.
The fine for speeding in a work zone when workers and signs are present is enhanced to a minimum of $80.