Director for Driver Safety

Driver License

The Driver License Division provides licensing and driver record management services for all North Dakota drivers. As part of this process, each applicant for licensure in the state is evaluated for identity, residency and qualification to include both knowledge and skill, and issued the pertinent permit, license or non-driver identification card; thereby ensuring individuals licensed in North Dakota are fully authorized and capable.

The record management service the Division provides links the driving record with the court system, to ensure that only those driving errors the individual is convicted of become part of the record. The Division also provides administrative support for all areas, from logistic support to financial management, to ensure the state wide Division team has all the tools necessary for success.

Motor Vehicle

The Motor Vehicle Division administers all programs relating to the titling and registration of vehicles. The division regulates motor vehicle dealers, interstate motor carriers, mobility-impaired parking privileges, intrastate household goods carriers, and is responsible for maintaining and making available records created by its various activities.

The division serves the public at a central office in Bismarck, twelve privatized and eight county treasurer branch offices located throughout the state, in person, by mail, fax, e-mail, and through the internet. Six of the branch offices also provide partial registration services to interstate motor carriers, who no longer need to conduct their transactions in Bismarck. The privatized operations result in decreased operational cost for the division and an added convenience to the customer.


The Highway Safety Division develops, implements, and evaluates programs designed to reduce crashes and related fatalities and injuries. The Highway Safety Division includes:

The Traffic Records Program

The Traffic Records Program is responsible to collect and analyze crash data to identify traffic safety problems in North Dakota to address through the safety planning processes administered by the Highway Safety Division. The Traffic Records program also works to coordinate other data sources pertinent to roadway safety including driver, vehicle, roadway, injury, court and other data sources.

The Strategic Highway Safety Plan

The Highway Safety Division is responsible to coordinate the development, implementation and evaluation of the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) in cooperation with local, state, federal, tribal and private sector safety stakeholders. The SHSP is a data-driven, multi-year comprehensive plan that establishes statewide goals, objectives, and key emphasis areas and integrates the four Es of highway safety: engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services (EMS). The SHSP allows highway safety programs and partners in the state to work together in an effort to align goals, leverage resources and collectively address the state's safety challenges.

The Traffic Safety Program

The Traffic Safety Program receives funding through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop and implement the Highway Safety Plan which includes behavioral strategies to address identified traffic safety issues including: lack of seat belt use, drug and alcohol impaired driving, distracted driving, young drivers, speed, motorcycle safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and other concerns

State Fleet Services

The State Fleet Services Division manages the fleet of government vehicles and oversees liability and property damage insurance, and the risk management program.

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