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North Dakota Restricted Driver’s License

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  • Must be at least 15 years of age.
  • Must pass a safe driving practices knowledge test and a driving test.
  • If under 16, driver’s education must also be completed prior to road testing:
    • 30 hours of classroom and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training through the Department of Public Instruction, or
    • 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training through a commercial driver training school approved by the North Dakota Department of Transportation.
    • Teens 14 years of age will be required to hold an instruction permit at least 12 months.
    • Teens 15 years of age will be required to hold an instruction permit until age 16 or a minimum of 6 months, whichever is longer.
    • 50 hours of supervised driving experience in addition to any formal driving school will apply to teens 14 and 15 years of age.
    • No driving between sunset or 9 pm, which ever is later and 5 am, exceptions for work, school, or religious activity.
    • Ban on cellphone use while behind-the-wheel.

Withdrawal of Parental Consent

Consent of a parent or legal guardian is required for a minor to get a permit or a license. The person who consented can withdraw the consent at any time and the permit or license will be cancelled. A teen can regain their permit or license with parental consent or when they reach the age of 18.