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Frequently Asked Questions - Equipment

Yes. They are permitted between October 15th and April 15th of each year.

  • All front seat occupants must be properly buckled up regardless of age (secondary enforcement).
  • All occupants younger than 18 must be properly restrained regardless of their location in a vehicle (primary enforcement).
  • Children under 7 years of age must be in an approved safety restraint; however, children under 7 years of age who are at least 57 inches tall (4' 9") and weigh 80 pounds or more may use a seat belt.
  • A child weighing more than forty pounds may use only a lap belt if the vehicle is not equipped with lap and shoulder belts or if all lap and shoulder belts are in use by other occupants.  (This is because booster seats require both a lap and shoulder belt.)
  • Children ages 7 to 17 must be properly secured in a seat belt or child restraint.

A trooper may not issue a citation for a seat belt violation unless you're lawfully stopped or detained for another violation; however, you can be stopped if anyone in the vehicle (including the driver) is under 18 years of age and is not properly restrained.

Yes, there are a few exceptions:

  • Vehicles that were not originally manufactured with seat belts (prior to January 1, 1965)
  • Drivers of implements of husbandry or farm vehicles
  • Rural mail carriers while on duty
  • Occupants with a medical or physical disability who possess a signed statement from a qualified physician
  • When all front seat restraints are in use by other occupants

Yes. North Dakota Century Code 39-21-45.1 states that all motor vehicles required to be registered in North Dakota must have front and rear bumpers.

  • Maximum bumper height = 27"
  • Maximum body height = 42" (body height is measured from a level ground surface to the floor of the cargo area)
  • Maximum suspension lift = 4"

Reference NDCC 39-21-45.1.

North Dakota Century Code 39-21-01 states that headlights are required anytime from sunset to sunrise and on farm vehicles on the highways from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise. They are also required when it is raining, snowing, sleeting, foggy or hailing or during other adverse driving or weather conditions when the conditions prevent a person from clearly making a vehicle discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet ahead.

  • Front windshield – at least 70% light transmittance (no more than 30% tint)
  • Other windows – at least 50% light transmittance (no more than 50% tint)
    • When calculating total tint, the factory tinting on windows must be included. For example, a 50% tint added to a window with a 30% factory tint would exceed the allowed limit.
  • Windows behind the operator may be tinted with zero light transmittance as long as the motor vehicle is equipped with outside mirrors on both sides.

You can estimate your vehicle's speed by measuring the time it takes to travel one mile. The best way to conduct the test is to set your cruise at one speed and time how long it takes to travel between two green "milemarkers" that can be found along interstates and other US/state highways.

Seconds Miles Per Hour
45.5 79
46 78
46.7 77
47 76
48 75
48.5 74
49 73
50 72
50.5 71
51.5 70
52 69
53 68
53.5 67
54.4 66
55 65
56 64
57 63
58 62
59 61
60 60
61 59
62 58
63 57
64 56
65.5 55
66.5 54
68 63
69 52

(Revised 07-2003)