North Dakota Trucking Laws

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.

There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Fargo may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.

The North Dakota Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382-384 and 390-399 of the federal regulations.

The following provisions are an overview of North Dakota laws that affect trucks operating only in North Dakota:

Driver Qualification

North Dakota has adopted Part 391 of the Federal regulations with alterations to the age requirement and medical waivers. The minimum age for drivers of vehicles in intrastate operations is 18. Younger drivers may drive farm vehicles if certain criteria are followed.

Hours of Service

North Dakota has adopted Part 395 of the Federal Regulations with a few notable differences. An intrastate driver who drives a truck that has a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 pounds or less and isn’t transporting hazardous materials is not subject to the hours of service regulations. Also, an intrastate driver can’t drive more than 12 hours following 8 consecutive hours off duty or for any period after having been on duty more than 15 hours. A driver can’t drive after having been on duty 70 hours in 7 consecutive days.

Accident Reporting

North Dakota has adopted Part 390 of the Federal Regulations, which includes accident recordkeeping requirements.

Crash reports are available from:

Drivers License and Traffic Safety Division
608 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismark, ND 58505-0700
(701) 328-2600

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