North Dakota

A rapidly growing number of senior drivers on our nation’s highways has prompted many states to develop special tools, programs and resources to assist older adults and their families to better manage safe driving.

Many states also have enacted driver’s licensing laws with special provisions for older adults. Summarized below are programs and licensing laws that exist in the great state of North Dakota.

Licensing policies for older adults vary from state to state. In North Dakota, motorists are required to renew their driver’s licenses in person and pass a vision test every six years. A noncommercial applicant may apply by mail or electronically for renewal of a license during every other renewal cycle. The director may use vision information provided by the applicant to meet vision requirements for applicants under sixty – five years of age and adopt procedures necessary to implement this subsection. The renewal process for older adults includes the following condition:

More frequent renewal. People age 78 and older are required to renew their driver’s licenses every four years.

Almost every state, including North Dakota, has a process for reporting a potentially unsafe driver to its state licensing office or department of motor vehicles. North Dakota accepts reports only from family members. If the state agency finds a complaint reasonable and credible, it may ask the reported driver to submit additional information, which could be used to help determine if a screening or assessment is justified.

Visit the North Dakota Department of Transportation website or call (701) 328-2600 for more information. You will be required to provide your name and contact information.


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