How to Get a Motorcycle Driver’s License in North Dakota

North Dakota Motorcycle Driver’s License

North Dakota Motorcycle Driver's License

Before driving a motorcycle anywhere in the state of North Dakota, you need to get a motorcycle driver’s license from North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT). Before getting the motorcycle license, be sure you understand what is required by studying the Motorcycle Operator Manual.

Basic Requirements for the License

In order to get a motorcycle driver’s license, you must be a North Dakota resident of at least 14 years old. The state requires all operators of motorcycles to have a valid regular driver’s license with a Class M endorsement. When applying for a Class M permit, you have to:


  • Provide all necessary identification.
  • Provide your social security number
  • Pass the vision test.
  • If you do not have a valid Class A, B, C or D North Dakota license, you will be required to get and pass a regular driver’s license (Class D) written test before you will be allowed to take the written exam intended for the Class M endorsement.
  • Applicants who are under 18 years old must provide a parent or guardian’s consent.
  • Pay the required fees.

If you pass the written, you will be issued a Class M permit which will allow you to operate a motorcycle during daylight and without passengers. This permit is valid for 6 months only.

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For applicants of Class M endorsement who are 14 or 15 years old, you must:

    • Provide proof that you are enrolled in or have successfully completed a state approved motorcycle safety course.
    • Have held a Class M permit for a minimum of two months before you will be allowed to take the road test.
    • If you were able to meet both requirements stated above, the state may waived your road skills test requirement depending on the discretion of the state.

Applicants who must take the road skills test must make an appointment with the Driver’s license and testing station and must arrive during the scheduled test with:

    • Your own motorcycle which must pass a pre-test equipment inspection.
    • Your Class M license.
    • Check or money order to pay the test fee and endorsement.

Required Documents

When applying for a Class M endorsement, you will need to provide proof of identification. Before you head to your local North Dakota DOT office, make sure that you have the following required documents to get your motorcycle driver’s license:

  • US birth certificate
  • Valid US passport
  • Valid foreign passport with an I-94 or an I-551 stamp
  • US government-issued consular report of birth abroad
  • Military identification card or common access card
  • US court order displaying your legal name and date of birth

Immigrant of the state must furnish the following:

  • I-551 resident alien or permanent resident card
  • I-668 temporary resident card
  • I688B, I-766 employment authorization card
  • N560 certificate of citizenship
  • N550 certificate of naturalization
  • I-94 card stamped refugee or asylee

Notes: Riders who are 14 and 15 years old are limited to motorcycle with 250 cc engines or less. The NDDOT also requires all riders of 18 or younger to wear a state-approved helmet.

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