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Laws: Operators' Licenses

The following persons are exempt from license hereunder:
 
1. Any employee of the United States government while operating a motor vehicle owned by or leased to that government and being operated on official business.
 
2. A nonresident who is at least sixteen years of age, who has in that person's immediate possession a valid operator's license issued to that person in that person's home state or country, may operate a motor vehicle in this state.
 
3. A nonresident who is at least sixteen years of age, whose home state or country does not require the licensing of operators, may operate a motor vehicle within this state for a period of not more than thirty days in any calendar year without making an application for or obtaining an operator's license of this state; provided, however, that the person shall have in that person's possession while driving in this state an official certificate showing the lawful registry of the motor vehicle and be able to prove that person's lawful possession or the right to operate such vehicle and to establish that person's identity.
 
4. A member of the armed forces of the United States may operate a motor vehicle in this state while that person is stationed in North Dakota, provided that person has a valid current operator's license from another state.
 
5. A person over sixteen years of age who becomes a resident of this state and who has in that person's possession a valid operator's license issued to that person pursuant to the laws of some other state or country or by military authorities of the United States may operate a motor vehicle for a period of not more than sixty days after becoming a resident of this state, without being required to have a North Dakota operator's license.
 
6. A member of the North Dakota national guard may operate any military vehicles as authorized by a national guard operator's license while on duty. For purposes of this chapter, a person must be deemed a resident of this state when the person has lived in the state for ninety consecutive days, unless such person is a nonresident student, a tourist, or a member of the armed forces. 
 
For purposes of this chapter, a person must be deemed a resident of this state when the person has lived in the state for ninety consecutive days, unless such person is a nonresident student, a tourist, or a member of the armed forces. 

 

A valid operator's license issued under the provisions of this chapter to a resident of North Dakota who enters or is in the United States armed forces and serving upon active duty with such forces continues in full force and effect so long as the active service continues and the licensee remains absent from this state, and for not to exceed thirty days following the date on which the holder of such license is honorably separated from such service or returns to this state, unless the license is sooner suspended, canceled, or revoked for cause as provided by law. The license is valid only when in the immediate possession of the licensee while driving and the licensee has the licensee's discharge or separation papers, if the licensee has been discharged or separated from the service, or has documentation authorizing the licensee to be absent from the licensee's duty station in the licensee's immediate possession.