Motor Carrier Operations


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NDHP Motor Carrier COVID-19 News and Resources

May 13: Extension of Emergency Declaration, click to view.

April 8: FMCSA extends emergency declaration related to COVID-19 through May 15, 2020, and expands for coverage of  liquefied gases, click to view. 

March 28: FMCSA issues 3-Month Waiver for Commercial Learner Permit holders, click to learn more. 

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

March 26: Additional FAQs regarding the emergency declaration were added, click to view.

March 24: ND Governor Burgum issued an executive order removing all load restrictions from state highways, click to view.

March 23: North Dakota rest area facilities are now open, the travel map identifies facilities indicated by a grey circle, click to view.

March 20: FMCSA Enforcement Discretion, emergency declaration, click to view.

March 19: International Registration Plan (IRP) extension, click here.

March 18: An expanded emergency declaration was issued, click here to read the declaration.

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

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 declaration.


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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:

Truckers Against Trafficking Training Video 


JULY TRUCKING TIP: Purchase a $50 Seasonal Permit for hauling hay or straw bales. These permits are valid for 365 days from date of purchase and can be used for loads up to 12’ wide and 15’ high. Login to e-permits for purchase. Click here for securement information for hauling hay.

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

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.