New ND Driver’s Licenses – May 2014

In May 2014, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT) will begin issuing a driver’s license with a new design and improved security features. This is the first redesign in ten years. The capital, Bismarck, will be the first location to offer the improved licenses and identification cards, with other DOT sites issuing the new licenses later in 2014.

North Dakota Drivers License Front 2014 North Dakota DL Front 2014












In addition to a new background color, the new license design will include a number of features designed to thwart identity theft. These security features include:

  • Machine-readable technology
  • Improved printing, with a fine-line graphic design
  • Image overlap
  • Enhanced laminate
  • Ghosted secondary image of cardholder

Current North Dakota licenses and identification cards will remain valid until their expiration dates. The fees for the new licenses will remain the same ($15). It’s expected to take approximately six years for all North Dakota drivers to get the new license.

See the North Dakota DOT Press Release.

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