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Frequently Asked Questions - Taking Your ND Permit Test

No. You are not allowed to use your ND Driver's Manual or any other study material while you take your ND Permit Test.
No. You do not have to take or pass a drug test to be able to apply or receive an ND Driver's License.
There are a few reasons, test takers fail their ND Permit Test. A test taker who fails may not have studied thoroughly. Or he or she may have been nervous, anxious and/or distracted on the day of the test. If you fail your ND Permit Test, you will not receive your ND Learner's Permit, and you will need to retake the exam. You will be able to do so as early as the next day, however, do not rush retaking the exam. Take your time. Read the entire ND Driver's Manual again and answer test questions on our website [link] so that the next time you take the ND Permit Test you have the best chance of passing.
If you pass your ND Permit Test, you will receive your ND Learner's Permit. If you are 14 or 15 years old, you will need to maintain your permit for 12 months or until you are 16 years old. If you are 16 or 17, you will need to wait maintain your permit for 6 months before you can take the ND Road Test. During this time, applicants under 16 should achieve 50 hours of supervised driving practice. You will also need to complete a Driver's Education course before taking the road test.
On the day of your ND Permit Test, you will need to bring proof of your name, your date of birth and your lawful presence in North Dakota. You can find a list of acceptable versions of these documents by visiting this website:
If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian should accompany you as they will need to sign your application.
To give yourself the best chance of passing your ND Permit Test, you should read the entire Manual. The Permit Test will test your knowledge of traffic safety laws, DUI Laws, speed limits, traffic violations, road signs, and other topics that are covered in the ND Driver's Manual.
The ND Permit Test consists of 25 multiple choice questions. You will need to answer 20 of those 25 questions correctly in order to pass.
Typically ND DOT offices accept applications from people 15 years old or older, but North Dakota does occasionally allow applicants, who are 14, to obtain a ND Learner's Permit. You should contact your local DOT office to see if you qualify.