Motor Carrier Operations



Governor Burgum signed an executive order waiving hours of service, weight, width and height restrictions and fees for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting hay, water and livestock to help North Dakota livestock producers affected by continuing drought conditions. Read the order.  The order went into effect Sept. 22 and is effective for thirty days.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol, along with the ND Motor Carriers Association, will be presenting the following training (click on the title to register):

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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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ELD Resources:

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OCTOBER TRUCKING TIP: Save time by signing up for Permit Alerts which are sent out for No Travel alerts; holiday closures; and more! Select the type of alert and delivery by email or SMS to your phone. Click to sign up.

Motor Carrier Operations works cooperatively with the NDDOTFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Federal Highway Administration. The Operations Commander and Assistant Chief of Operations oversee day-to-day activities. 

The division includes six size and weight enforcement troopers; twelve traffic enforcement troopers that primarily conduct CMV inspections; three MCSAP Sergeants who oversee field operations; and a MCSAP coordinator.  In addition, the division has two civilian New Entrant auditors and one New Entrant safety supervisor. The permit office is staffed by a supervisor and two permit specialists. 

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

Truck Routing Maps

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.