DMV Point System in North Dakota
Driving Record Points & Traffic Violations in North Dakota
Your traffic violations will be recorded as points on your driving record with the North Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT). If you accumulate too many driving record points, you may face:
- A driver's license suspension, revocation, or cancellation.
- North Dakota DOT and traffic court fees.
- Reinstatement requirements or driving restrictions.
- A defensive driving course or driver improvement program requirement.
On this page you'll find a basic overview of the North Dakota Department of Transportation points system and some common point-related violations and penalties.
For information about ordering a driving record, reinstating a suspended driver's license, or taking a defensive driving course, please visit our pages on the following topics:
If you have questions about your specific circumstances pertaining to your ND driver's license, traffic violations, or driving record points, please contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT).
Points may be good in sports, but not in driving, especially when it pertains to your driving record. Think of your driving record as a round of golf. The lower your score, the better you're doing, and you're less likely to be stuck in the rough. In the case of your North Dakota driver's license, you're less likely to lose your driving privileges if you have less points. The Department of Transportation (NDDOT) adheres to a point system for ferreting out reckless drivers.
Under North Dakota's system, points are added to your driving record with every moving violation. For instance, if you get flagged driving on the wrong side of the road, not only will it cost you in the wallet but you'll also have points added on to your driving record. If you accumulate 12 points or more, your driving privileges will be suspended. If you're younger than 18 years old, your margin for error is less; top 6 points and your driver's license will be canceled.
In addition to receiving an immediate fine, you could also face jacked-up insurance premiums. All insurance companies are kept abreast of violations by the police force and once you get pegged as a reckless driver, you will always face higher car insurance rates, regardless of where you live or how safely you drive for the rest of your life.
The following are examples of offenses that will earn you points:
- Failing to display license plates.
- Disobeying traffic signals.
- Driving on wrong side of road.
For a comprehensive list of offenses and point assignments visit the NCDOT's website.
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your North Dakota driver’s license, you can order a driving record report. This record will indicate whether your ND driver's license is currently valid or whether it has been suspended/revoked. Your driving record will reflect the information held by the North Dakota DOT and will also show points against your driver's license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.