To operate a motorcycle in North Dakota, you must have a motorcycle license or permit. Licenses are issued by the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT). You can apply for a motorcycle permit at age 14 and a motorcycle license at age 16. A motorcycle permit or license allows you to operate a motorcycle, motorbike, scooter, or moped on public roads. Applicants who are under the age of 16 are only permitted to operate motorcycles that are 250cc or less.
To receive a motorcycle permit, you must apply, submit the required documentation, pass the vision screening and the motorcycle knowledge exam, and pay the fees. To receive a motorcycle license, you must apply, submit your documentation, pass the vision screening, the knowledge exam, and the motorcycle road test, and pay the fees. The motorcycle road test can be waived if you successfully complete a Basic Rider Course.
Tests are scheduled online or through NDDOT. The motorcycle knowledge test contains 25 questions about safe riding practices and road signs. You must answer 20 of the questions correctly to pass. The motorcycle rider skills test assesses your ability to operate your motorcycle safely in normal and hazardous road conditions. If you fail a test, you must wait one day to retake it.