North Dakota Written Test for ND Driver License & Permit



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#1. When you see this sign, you should:

Yield ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop at the yield sign or adjust your speed to the flow of the traffic.


#2. What is a SR-22?

SR-22 is a certificate of insurance form showing that you have adequate coverage for liability.


#3. You should stop before railroad tracks and not cross them if:

Stop if you cannot cross and completely clear the tracks. For safety, never stop or park on railroad tracks for any reason.

Make sure all the tracks are clear and no trains are approaching before you cross.


#4. When approaching this sign, you are not allowed to:

This sign is posted at the beginning of a no-passing zone.

Many states use the yellow pennant-shaped warning sign in addition to the rectangle Do Not Pass. The rectangular Do Not Pass sign is placed on the right side of the road while the pennant-shaped sign is found on the left-hand side.


#5. When does an anti-lock braking system start to work?

Whenever the vehicle’s computer detects that one or more wheels are locking, the system automatically pumps the brakes at a faster rate than the driver could. Drivers should be aware that removing steady pressure from the brake pedal or pumping the brakes will disengage or turn off the ABS.


#6. Orange road signs are used:

Orange is used for construction and maintenance warning. The signs are usually diamond shaped. They notify drivers of unusual or potentially dangerous conditions near work areas.


#7. To apply for an instruction permit, you must be at least

To receive a permit you must first pass the written examination and the visual screen test. All applicants must be at least 14 years of age.

Individuals who are 14 or 15 years old must hold the instruction permit for 12 months or to the age of 16, whichever comes first, but no less than six months, prior to completing the road test for an operator’s license.


#8. When a traffic signal turns green, you:

Green means go, but only if the intersection is clear. Never block an intersection.


#9. Which car or cars are driving in the truck driver's typical blind spots?

All three cars. Marked areas are the driver’s blind spots. Remember, the bigger a truck is, the bigger its blind spots. A blind spot might also exist immediately to the right and in front of the truck.


#10. If you run off the pavement, it is generally wrong to:

If your tire drops off the edge of the pavement onto the shoulder, do not try to swerve back onto the pavement because you may lose control of your vehicle.

Grip the steering wheel and ease up on the accelerator. If you brake hard, you may go into a skid. After you have slowed down and are in complete control, look for traffic behind you, signal, and turn gently back onto the pavement.


#11. If you refuse to take a test to measure how much alcohol is in your system:

Upon receiving your license to operate a motor vehicle in North Dakota, you have given your consent to a chemical test to determine the level of alcohol and/or drug content in your blood, breath, urine, or saliva. If you refuse to take the test, your license will be revoked for 180 days (first offense) to three years.


#12. You want to turn right ahead. There is a bicyclist just in front of you. What should you do?

You must not try to pass a bicyclist just before making a turn. Most crashes involving a motor vehicle and a bicyclist occur at intersections.

When turning right, check your blind spot for bicyclists before initiating the turn.

Allow bicyclists extra time to cross intersections.


#13. If you meet an aggressive driver on the road:

When confronted by aggressive drivers:

  • First and foremost, make every attempt to get out of their way.
  • Put your pride in the back seat. Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
  • Wear your seat belt. It will hold you in your seat and behind the wheel in case you need to make an abrupt driving maneuver and it will protect you in a crash.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
  • Report aggressive drivers to the appropriate authorities by providing a vehicle description, license number, location, and if possible, direction of travel.

#14. You are approaching a stopped school bus on your side of a divided highway. The bus is flashing its red lights. You must:

When a school bus is stopped and flashing its red lights, drivers approaching from both directions must stop. This is because children are being loaded or unloaded.


#15. This sign tells you:

Winding road ahead.

The road ahead is winding with a series of curves or turns.

The sign gives you time to reduce your speed before you enter the curves or turns.


#16. Why is it wise to slow down a little at night?

Always reduce your speed when it is difficult to see clearly down the road.

You can only see as far as your headlights when it is dark, and this cuts down on your time to react. Do not to overdrive your headlights. Make sure you are able to stop in the distance you can see ahead.


#17. When going straight ahead in a roundabout with multiple lanes, you should:

If more than one lane exists, use the left lane to turn left (or make a U-turn), the right lane to turn right, and all lanes to go through unless directed otherwise by signs and pavement markings


#18. Passing another vehicle on the right by driving onto a paved shoulder is:

When passing, never leave the main-traveled roadway. Pulling off the roadway to pass on the right is against the law (39-10-12).


#19. These pavement markings tell you that at the intersection ahead

Many streets have signs or pavement markings indicating a particular lane is to be used for a particular traffic movement. When a lane is marked with both a curved and straight arrow, turning or proceeding straight ahead is allowed. When a lane is marked with a curved arrow and the word ONLY, you must turn in the direction of the arrow.


#20. When parking close to a stop sign you must keep what distance?

The distance you must keep from a stop sign is more than 15 feet. Parking is not allowed within 15 feet of a flashing beacon, a stop sign, or a traffic control signal placed on the side of the roadway.


#21. When is it necessary to turn on your headlights?

Use your headlights when visibility is less than 1,000 feet due to adverse driving condition or insufficient light.


#22. Where is a U-turn always illegal?

U-turns are illegal on a one-way street (you will be driving against traffic).


#23. You approach a stopped police vehicle on a multi-lane roadway. There is no accident, but the vehicle has its emergency lights activated. What should you do?

If an emergency vehicle or North Dakota Department of Transportation maintenance vehicle is parked on the Interstate system or a multilane highway with its emergency or work lights flashing, move over and proceed with due caution.

By law a driver must proceed with caution and yield the right of way by moving to a lane that is not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if the move may be made with due regard to safety and traffic conditions or if not, the driver shall proceed with due caution, reduce the speed of the vehicle, and maintain a safe speed for the road conditions.

This law also applies to DOT maintenance vehicles.


#24. Under ideal conditions you should allow how many seconds between your vehicle and the car in front of you?

The three-second rule is a way to measure the distance that you should use as a cushion when following another vehicle. Sometimes you need even more following distance, as much as four or more seconds. If you drive too fast or follow too close, you will not have enough time to stop in an emergency.


#25. What does this sign mean?

Pedestrian crossing.

Be alert for people crossing the street. Slow down, yield right of way to pedestrians, or stop if necessary

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North Dakota NDDOT Knowledge Test

Quick facts about your ND driver’s license and learner’s permit test:

  Number of Questions:25
  Correct answers needed:20
  Passing score:80 percent
  Time limit:
  Earliest retest upon failure:Next day

This North Dakota NDDOT Written Practice Test

This sample test is designed to help you study for the North Dakota NDDOT permit test with written test questions you can trust. The test covers all the important items you must learn for your knowledge examination and will help you master the written test much quicker.

The practice test has 25 random questions, just like the real examination. With a large question bank you will new questions and new variations every time you start over. It will help you cover all important facts from the North Dakota Driver’s Manual.

Questions include an instant feedback that tells you if your answer is correct or not. In case of a wrong answer, there is also brief explanations to help you recognize the correct answers.

The Real NDDOT Knowledge Examination

The official written examination consists of 25 knowledge questions. They are drawn from all parts of the Driver’s License Manual.

The automated test picks 25 random questions from a pool of questions every time someone takes the exam. This means every student will get a different set of 25 questions when taking the same exam. This is why you should include many practice tests in your preparations. You never know which questions will show up on your test.

The passing score in North Dakota is 80%, which means you must have 20 correct answers to pass the exam.

There is no time limit, so you have plenty of time to read everything all the way through. Most mistakes are made when test takers answer too quickly without given questions and answers a second thought.

Should you fail the test, you must usually wait at least one day before you can take the test again.

You should also be aware that there is a new testing fee each time you take the exam.

North Dakota Written Test - photo by  Anna Shvets

The test is available in several languages, including:


The NDDOT test is a closed book test. You are not allowed to bring backpacks, purses, paper, pen, pencil, markers, cell phones, notebooks, and any other electronic devices inside the testing area.

Is the North Dakota NDDOT Test Hard?

The difficulty level on the test is rated moderate. North Dakota doesn’t record failure rates, but it is estimated that one out of three first-time test takers fail the exam (a failure rate around 30%).

Moderate - DMV Test difficulty grading by licenseroute

What is on the North Dakota NDDOT Test?

The test will check your knowledge and understanding of safe driving techniques, common signs and signals, and North Dakota traffic laws.

There is a focus on the risks of impaired and distracted driving and how to safely share the road with pedestrians, bicyclists, and commercial vehicles.

Best Study Strategy for the North Dakota Permit Test

  Start by getting the manual.

You will not pass the written test unless you have a good understanding of the information in the ND Noncommercial Driver’s Manual. Get a copy from a Driver Licensing Office or download the PDF-version online

Make sure you read the manual a couple of times during the course of a few weeks.

  Use practice tests as a supplement.

By taking a handful of practice tests along with reading the manual, you will quickly find out your weaknesses and know what you must study some more. Always go back to the manual when see questions or answers that you don’t fully understand.

Research often shows that the “study-test-test-test” regime works best as a strategy before an important exam.

  Find people that you can discuss driving rules with.

Putting driving rules in a context and get thoughts from experienced drivers will take you beyond the text in the Driver’s Manual and help new knowledge to stick better.

Self-quizzing or letting somebody else ask you questions is also known to be a good strategy for learning faster.

Who Must Pass a Written Test?

The following must always pass the written knowledge test in North Dakota:

  • First-time non-licensed applicants
  • Drivers with a license expired more than one year
  • Drivers with a cancelled or revoked license
  • Holders of a foreign driver’s license

What You Should Know about the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Law

The North Dakota Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Law is a three-step program to grant young drivers full license privileges.

The three steps of the GDL program are:

  Step 1: Permit phase.

During this phase you must practice driving under the supervision of a licensed driver who is at least 18 years old and have at least three years of driving experience. The licensed driver must occupy a seat beside you.

You must always carry the permit with you while driving and you cannot use electronic devices to talk, compose, read, or send an electronic message (unless there is an emergency or need to prevent a crime).

  Step 2: Intermediate license.

With an intermediate license you can drive without supervision, but the license comes with some short-term restrictions, such as night driving or number of passengers.

  Step 3: Full license.

With the final, full driver’s license all restrictions are lifted.

North Dakota Age Requirements

StepHolding periodMinimum Age
Learner’s Permit6-12 months14 years
Intermediate licenseUp to 12 months15 years
Unrestricted license16 years
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