Motor Carrier Operations


Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order waiving hours of service requirements, fees and certain load restrictions for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting hay and livestock.

Record fall precipitation and cold temperatures have adversely affected ranchers and livestock producers, causing inadequate hay supplies to sustain livestock herds. Producers have been forced to purchase supplemental hay from other states, move herds to areas where feed supplies are more plentiful or, in extreme cases, sell off their herds. Truck drivers have had to move hay supplies in greater volumes and shorter times to meet the needs.

The 30-day waiver is effective Nov. 7- Dec. 6, 2019. The waiver suspends hours of service restrictions; weight, width and height restrictions; and fees for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting hay supplies and livestock on interstate and state roadways. All road safety and vehicle compliance regulations still apply. View the order here.

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November Trucking Tip: Loads exceeding 80,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight require a permit for traveling on Interstate.  Go to: 

Motor Carrier Operations enhances commercial motor vehicle safety with:

  • Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP)
  • Border Enforcement Program (BEP)
  • New Entrant Program
  • Size and Weight Enforcement
  • Permitting and the E-permits system

The divisional commander oversees the division and works cooperatively with the NDDOT, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Federal Highway Administration. The operational commander oversees day-to-day activities and supervises three sergeants, eight troopers, and two civilian MCSAP inspectors.

There are three Border Inspection Program troopers and three civilian New Entrant inspectors. The permit office consists of a supervisor and three permit specialists. The size and weight enforcement program has five Motor Carrier Operations troopers and 11 traffic enforcement troopers.

Division goals include:

  • Reducing commercial vehicle crashes by conducting commercial vehicle inspections, safety audits, compliance reviews, and coordinating the permit system.
  • Protecting highway infrastructure through size and weight enforcement and permitting overweight/over-dimensional load movements.

Motor Carrier Operations has nine fixed weigh and inspection stations, thirteen weigh-in-motion sites, and numerous turnout locations in the state that are used for inspections and weight enforcement. Motor Carrier Operations develops the state’s size and weight enforcement plan and commercial vehicle safety plan.

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US DOT Number: obtained from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (701-250-4346). 

Uniform County Truck Permits: obtained from Western Dakota Energy Association for non-reducible oversize/overweight vehicles and load movements traveling on county roads in coal, oil, and gas producing counties

Solid Waste Transportation Permit: obtained from the ND Department of Health's Division of Waste Management (701-328-5166).

International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA): IFTA gives North Dakota motor carriers the option to renew licenses, file quarterly reports, and purchase additional decals. Access NDDOT's motor carrier online services or at 701-328-1287.

International Registration Plan (IRP): NDDOT's Motor Carrier Services (701-328-1287).

Unified Carrier Registration (UCR): obtained from the Indiana Department of Revenue.