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NDHP Motor Carrier COVID-19 News and Resources

March 13: The US DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Click here to read the March 13 declaration.

Extensions of Emergency Declaration 2020-002 (click on date to view)

  • Dec. 1 (expires 2/28/2021 and expanded to include transportation of vaccines and medical supplies)
  • Sept 11 (expires Dec.31)
  • Aug 11 (expired Sept.14)
  • July 13 (expired August 14)
  • June 8 (expired July 14)
  • May 13 (expired June 14)
  • April 13 (expired May 15 and expanded coverage of  liquefied gases)
  • March 18 (expired April 12)

Click to read the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the emergency declaration.

March 19: International Registration Plan (IRP) extension, click here (expired May 31, 2020)

March 20: FMCSA Enforcement Discretion, emergency declaration, click to view. (expires concurrently with 2020-02)

March 24: ND Governor Burgum issued Executive Order 2020-11 removing all load restrictions from state highways, click to view.

March 24: FMCSA granted a waiver for States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders, and Interstate Drivers Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles regarding renewals and medical cards, click to view (extended July 1 and Oct. 1 and set to expire Dec. 31, 2020)

March 27: NDHP has created an overview of implementation of the current declarations, click to view.

March 28: FMCSA issues 3-Month Waiver for Commercial Learner Permit holders, click to learn more (extended on July 1 and set to expire Sept. 30)


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North Dakota Highway Patrol 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

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JANUARY TRUCKING TIP: Hay! It’s a new year and time to move hay. Hay needs to secured in the same manner as any other commodity; in the absence of a headache rack, the first bale on the trailer requires two straps and each succeeding bale requires one strap. Read the regulation.

The divisional commander oversees the division and works cooperatively with the NDDOTFederal 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.


Motor Carrier Publications

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Motor Carrier Resources

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 Environmental Quality'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 online. Services are available through the North Dakota Department of Transportation, to access, visit NDDOT's motor carrier online services or call NDDOT 701-328-1287.

International Registration Plan (IRP): this service is available through the North Dakota Department of Transportation, contact NDDOT's Motor Carrier Services, 701-328-1287.

Unified Carrier Registration (UCR): obtained from the UCR website.