NDDOT Information - COVID-19

Coronavirus/COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and Gov. Doug Burgum’s emergency declaration, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is adjusting services to provide online or mail-in services only and working remotely to continue business operations. 

Public access will be restricted at all Driver License and Motor Vehicle facilities, effective Monday, March 23 until further notice. Employees will be working off site, connected virtually to NDDOT operations as business will proceed in a variety of ways through online services and processing mailed-in paperwork in order to continue providing customer service on a daily basis.

The Governor’s Emergency Declaration has waived expiration dates for driver licenses and motor vehicle registrations from March 1, 2020 until declared disaster has ended. NDDOT is working with law enforcement agencies in recognizing the waiver period. The Federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has reported that they will allow travelers to board a plane with an expired driver license.

Driver License Services

Many driver license services will be provided online, but appointments and other in-person services will not be available for regular driver license renewals, REAL ID and tests for driver permits or licenses. Driver license suspension services will remain available through telephone or online.

Commercial Driver License (CDL) permits, knowledge tests, road tests and new licenses will be available and scheduled by appointment only starting March 30 as NDDOT develops a process for scheduling. CDL drivers are essential to the state’s economy as they work to provide COVID-19 supplies and move business and agricultural commodities throughout the nation.

  • Toll Free: 1-855-633-6835
    Local : 328-3489
    Hours are 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Central Time, Monday – Friday

Motor Vehicle Services

Motor vehicle services such as license plates and titling can be done by mailing in paperwork. Vehicle renewals can be done online, at a self-service kiosk or by mail. The NDDOT is waiving Motor Vehicle kiosk fees for renewing your vehicle until the emergency declaration has ended. Kiosks are located at:

NDDOT is now scheduling limited Motor Vehicle large truck services by appointment only. Walk-ins will not be accepted. These services are only available for trucks weighing over 55,000 lbs. and vehicles (trucks) with registration weight changes. Click here for more information.

The NDDOT is open online and there are many services that can be completed electronically, and your driver license or motor vehicle registration will be mailed to you. NDDOT services at www.dot.nd.gov are listed below.

Driver License Online Services

Motor Vehicle Online Services

For more information call:

  • Driver License at 701-328-2600
  • Motor Vehicle at 701-328-2725
  • Toll-free number 1-855-NDROADS (637-6237)

North Dakota Health Hotline

866.207.2880
Open 7 am - 10 pm (CDT)

Informational Links

Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus page
ND Department of Health (NDDOH): Coronavirus page


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Seasonal Load Restrictions

On March 24, 2020, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) temporarily lifted seasonal load restrictions on all state highways to minimize disruption of the supply chain during the COVID-19 public health emergency. See Load restriction press release . This change was made after Governor Doug Burgum enacted Executive Order 2020-11.

  • The Executive Order lifts seasonal load restrictions on all state highways and does not apply to city or county roads. We want motorists to be aware that this order applies only to seasonal load restrictions and all other federal and state laws still apply.
  • NDDOT has developed a daily inspection process to ensure our roadways are not damaged as a result of lifting seasonal load restrictions.

Statewide seasonal load restriction information is available by calling 511 or online at www.dot.nd.gov/travel-info.

Load restriction email updates are also available at https://www.dot.nd.gov/roadreport/loadlimit/loadlimitinfo.htm.