Executive order extends ND driver's license renewals beyond Aug. 31

A gold star is added to the upper right hand corner of a REAL ID driver's license. Courtesy of North Dakota Department of Transportation

BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum on Monday, Aug. 10, announced all renewals for driver's licenses that expired March 1 or later have been extended and will follow a phased schedule. The deadline for vehicle registrations remains Aug. 31.

Law enforcement agencies and private sector businesses operating in the state are directed to recognize any North Dakota driver's license that expired after March 1, 2020, or a license that will expire by Dec. 31, 2020, as valid, based upon the renewal schedule below.

  • Licenses that expired in March, April or May 2020 must be renewed no later than Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Licenses that expired in June must be renewed no later than Oct. 31.
  • Licenses that expired, or will expire, in July, August, September or October must be renewed no later than Nov. 30.
  • Licenses that expire in November and December must be renewed no later than Dec. 31.

“The latest extension is necessary for the Department of Transportation to meet customer demand and allow citizens of North Dakota to legally operate their vehicles,” said Robin Rehborg, NDDOT deputy director for driver safety.
NDDOT will continue to serve citizens by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, visit or call 1-855-633-6835.

NDDOT is focused on serving customers with driver’s licenses that expire March 1 - Dec. 31, 2020, and will continue to schedule appointments based on immediate need. Currently there are 22,911 expired driver’s licenses that need to be renewed during the COVID-19 emergency.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration also has extended the REAL ID deadline to October 2021. Only customers renewing a North Dakota driver's license at this time will be able to obtain a REAL ID during their scheduled appointment.


Many driver’s license services such as change of address, renewals, replacements and more are available online.

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