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Frequently Asked Questions - Motorcycles / Mopeds

Yes. Anyone under 18 years of age who operates or rides upon a motorcycle must wear a helmet which complies with standards established by the Department of Transportation. If the operator of the motorcycle is required to wear a helmet, any passenger must also wear a helmet regardless of the age of the passenger.  (Reference NDCC 39-10.2-06.)

Yes. North Dakota Century Code 39-27-10 states each wheel must have a fender or be covered by the body configuration. Fenders must be securely mounted and of sufficient size and strength to minimize water or other road surface substances from coming in contact with the vehicle riders, or throwing the road substances unreasonably to the rear of the vehicle.  The fender design must be effective in reducing side spray.

The minimum age to operate a motorcycle in North Dakota is 14 years of age. Applicants who are 14 or 15 years of age may be issued a motorcycle learner's permit by successfully completing an approved motorcycle safety course. After two months with a learner's permit, operators under 16 may apply for a motorcycle license.  Any person under 16 years of age who holds a permit or license is restricted to the operation of a motorcycle powered with an engine of 250 cubic centimeters or less

A person who is at least fourteen years of age may obtain a motorized bicycle operator's permit.  To obtain a permit, the applicant shall pay a fee of ten dollars and take a written examination of the applicant's knowledge of traffic laws and general rules of the road. If the applicant passes the written examination and the director is satisfied that the applicant has adequate eyesight, the director may issue the applicant a motorized bicycle operator's permit, even if the applicant does not have an operator's license.

A person who has an operator's license, a temporary permit, an instruction permit, or a motorcycle permit is not required to obtain a motorized bicycle operator's permit and may operate a motorized bicycle.

A motorcycle is defined as a motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding implements of husbandry.

Motorcycle inspection items include the following:

  • Brakes
  • Tires, wheels, rims
  • Steering and suspension
  • Frame and chasis
  • Fuel system
  • Muffler
  • Mirror (at least one)
  • Fenders (each wheel)
  • Seat
  • Chain guard
  • Vehicle stand
  • Horn
  • Speedometer and odometer
  • One headlamp (with high beam indicator)
  • One taillamp
  • One stop lamp
  • Passenger seat, footrest, and highway bars, if applicable