Your First-Time North Dakota Drivers License Guide

by Jim Thompson | Last Updated: September 6, 2023

A driver education course is a great way for teens to receive valuable information to help them become safe and competent drivers. The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) requires that all teen drivers complete a North Dakota drivers ed course as well as supervised driving to obtain a restricted license.

When You May Begin Drivers Ed North Dakota

North Dakota drivers ed has both a classroom and a behind-the-wheel portion. To get started in your driver education ND course, you must meet the following qualifications:

During drivers ed, it is not necessary for you to have your learner permit, as long as your school district carries insurance for your protection. Check with your school before beginning behind the wheel instruction to make sure you are covered.

If you want to earn your learner permit, the following qualifications apply:

While the classroom portion of your drivers ed course will help prepare you for this written exam, perhaps the best way to do so is by using a permit practice test. On a permit practice test, you will see actual questions taken from past versions of ND DOT permit tests. There is no easier way to increase your confidence before the test than by knowing what information you will need to know in exactly the format that it will be asked.

What to Expect from Drivers Ed North Dakota

North Dakota drivers education is divided into 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind the wheel instruction. These courses are available at high schools and approved driver training schools. High school courses are generally offered before or after school and sometimes in the summer.

The classroom portion of drivers education will cover the following topics to help you get ready for your DMV tests. These subjects include:

Getting Your Restricted License after North Dakota Drivers Ed

After you have received your driver education certificate of completion, you may submit it to apply for a restricted license. Receiving your restricted license will require you to pass a road skills test. If you are 16 years of age or older and have held your learner permit for at least six months, you are free to schedule your road test. If you are younger than 16, you must have held your permit for at least one year and have completed 50 hours of supervised driving.