Renewing Your License in North Dakota
Renew Your North Dakota Driver's License
When your North Dakota driver's license is set to expire, you'll need to submit a renewal application to the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT).
For information about other types of driver's licenses or permits, please visit any of our following pages:
- Commercial driver's license (CDL) renewals
- North Dakota ID cards
- Driver's permits
- Motorcycle licenses
If the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has your current address, you should receive a renewal reminder in the mail.
NOTE: Make sure your current address on file with the NDDOT is correct. If you've recently moved, see our Change of Address page for more information.
Your Class D (standard driver's license) or Class M (motorcycle license) expires at midnight on your birthday or at midnight on the expiration date, depending on your age.
You may renew your ND driver's license up to 10 months before it expires.
NOTE: If you recently changed your name, you must notify the North Dakota DOT in person.
Expired Driver's License
REMEMBER: If your driver's license has expired, you cannot legally drive in North Dakota.
If it has been 1 year or less since your ND driver's license has expired, you are still able to renew it without facing any penalties. If you wait longer than 1 year, you'll have to pass the NDDOT tests again.
To check the status of your driver's license, you can always obtain a copy of your driving record.
You must renew your ND driver's license in person at your local North Dakota DMV office, unless you are out of state or an active-duty military member (see “Out-of-State ND Residents & Military" below).
You'll need to visit your nearest North Dakota DMV office and:
- Bring your current driver's license.
- Pass a vision test. You can also show a certificate of vision from a physician as long as it is not older than 6 months.
- Pay the required $15 driver's license renewal fee.
- See “Fees to Renew Your ND Driver's License" below.
If you're temporarily living outside the state, you may request to renew your North Dakota driver's license by mail. Call (701) 328-2600 and request for a renewal packet to be sent to you.
You'll need to provide the following:
- Your ND driver's license number or Social Security number (SSN).
- Name and date of birth.
- Reason for your request.
- Your out-of-state mailing address.
Once you receive your renewal packet, you must:
- Follow the instructions in the packet.
- Include payment for the $15 renewal fee.
- Complete and fax the packet to (701) 328-2435 or mail it to:
608 E. Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58505
NOTE: If you fax the packet, you must call the North Dakota DMV directly after to provide your credit card information for the $15 fee.
Exemptions for Military Members
If you're an active-duty military member stationed outside of North Dakota, you can drive with your expired driver's license as long as you carry proof of your military status.
Once you're no longer on active duty, you must renew your driver's license in person within 30 days. The DOT recommends that you contact them every 4 years to make sure your driver's license is still on file.
You can also follow the instructions listed above for out-of-state renewals; however, you may also need to prove your active military status.
For more information, please visit our page for Drivers in the Military.
The cost to renew your North Dakota driver's license is $15.
North Dakota DMV offices accept payment by:
- Money order.
- VISA, Discover, or MasterCard.
Contact the NDDOT to confirm accepted payment methods when renewing by mail or fax.
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