While the myriad rules and regulations enforced by the North Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT) apply to drivers of all ages and stages, the state imposes some special requirements and restrictions on older drivers.
North Dakota state rules are explained in more detail below, but at least one focuses on identifying and handling older drivers who may have become unsafe behind the wheel. Specifically, North Dakota requires drivers age 78 and older to renew their licenses every four years.
All drivers can check the status of their licenses online. But special rules apply to drivers who are 78 and older who seek to renew their licenses.
Time limits: Drivers age 78 and older must renew in person every four years; those age 77 and under must renew every six years.
Vision test: Required at renewal. DOT personnel will conduct a test free, or drivers can have an exam performed by an outside licensed physician or optometrist, who must provide and complete a Certificate of Vision and perform the exam within six months of the renewal request.
Written test: Not generally required at renewal.
Road test: Not generally required at renewal.
The DOT can place restrictions or conditions on a person’s driver's license after administering a driving test and discussing possible restrictions with him or her.
The most common restriction for older drivers is to require glasses or corrective contact lenses.
In North Dakota, other common requirements the DOT may impose on older drivers include limiting driving to:
Unlike most states, North Dakota has no established forms or procedures for reporting drivers who have potentially become unsafe behind the wheel. Contact the local DOT office with specific concerns about an individual driver.
Procedures for getting back a license that has been suspended or revoked in North Dakota differ according to the situation. For specifics in an individual situation, contact one of the DOT offices located throughout the state.
Disabled person parking placards and license plates can be issued to drivers with impaired mobility if a licensed medical practitioner certifies the condition.
The placards and plates are available for those who:
To obtain a temporary or permanent parking permit:
For more information, see “Mobility Impaired Parking Placards.”
To obtain a license plate for a permanent disability, a driver must first have obtained a Mobility-Impaired Parking Permit, as outlined above—and must then complete an Application for Certification of Title & Registration of a Vehicle.
The DOT website has a wealth of information for North Dakota drivers, including licensing and vehicle registration requirements.
Of special interest is the “Noncommercial Driver’s License Manual,” which includes full descriptions of local rules of the road and tips for safe driving.
You can use Nolo’s Lawyer Directory to find a local lawyer experienced in representing older people who need help with auto accidents or traffic tickets in North Dakota.