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North Dakota

Effective date of original law: January 1, 1980

Ultimate Program Responsibility
Drivers License and
Traffic Safety Division
North Dakota Department of Transportation
608 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505
Phone: 701-328-4354
Fax: 701-328-2435

Day-to-Day Administration
American Bikers Aiming Toward Education (ABATE) of North Dakota
1001 S. 22nd Street
Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone: 701-223-5609
Toll Free: 800-726-4094
Fax: 701-224-0650
Web site:

Program Administration
Legislative Provisions

  • Source of funding: Motorcycle registration ($5)
  • Stipulated use of funds: To fund motorcycle safety education
    and to reimburse public schools and organizations for the actual
    cost of courses

Relationship Among Various Programs

  • The State Highway Safety Office manages the State program and contracts the program to ABATE of North Dakota for administration.

Collection of Rider Training and Licensing Data

  • Agency responsible for collecting rider training data:
    Driver License and Traffic Safety, and ABATE
  • Agency responsible for collecting licensing data:
    Driver License and Traffic Safety
  • Data available in electronic format: Some
  • Link between crash, licensing, and rider education data: None

Rider Education
Training Delivery

  • Months of instruction: May through September
  • Number of instruction sites: 15
  • Types of providers: Private contractors and mobile training sites

Operations and Participant Characteristics

  • Courses offered: 81
  • Students enrolled: 652
  • No-shows or registration refunds: 5
  • Time until course reaches capacity: N/A
  • Average waiting period to take course: None
  • Students on waiting list: None

Program Funding and Expenditures

  • Annual budget: $78,500
  • Source of Federal funds: None
  • Average cost to State to educate rider: $120.40
  • Course tuition charged to novice rider: $0
  • Course tuition charged to experienced rider: $0
  • Special fees in addition to course fees: None


  • Approved curricula: MRC:RSS,
    BRC, and ERC
  • Advisory committee: None
  • Curricula approved by:
    Department of Transportation Director
  • Process to modify curricula: N/A
  • Data collected for modifications: N/A
  • Validation process for modifications: N/A

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Instructor Selection, Training, and Evaluation

  • State certification or approval is required for Instructors and Chief Instructors.
  • The required probationary period is two classes.
  • Annual updates are required for Instructors. Chiefs/RiderCoach Trainers monitor Instructors yearly.

Profile of Instructors

  • Certified Instructors/RiderCoaches: 23
  • Chief Instructors/RiderCoach Trainers: 1
  • Instructor candidates in 2001: 8
  • Percentage of successful Instructor candidates: 100%
  • Instructor demographics: 75% male, 25% female
  • Reciprocity for Instructors trained in other States: Yes

Quality Control Procedures

  • ABATE of North Dakota is responsible for quality control.
  • Quality control is implemented monthly during riding season.

Program Evaluation

  • Program conducts regular evaluations.
  • Quality control forms and evaluation of Range and RiderCoaches.

Special features of rider education and/or licensing program

  • State provides rider education at no cost to the student.

Licensing Requirements

  • $8 cost of initial permit
  • Successful completion of
    vision test
  • Successful completion of knowledge test
  • Valid for 6 months
  • One renewal permitted
  • Riders 14–15 must operate on a permit for 2 months before applying for full endorsement.


  • $8 initial endorsement
  • $5 written test fee
  • $5 skills test fee
  • Rider must be at least 14 upon successful completion of a rider education course. Rider must be
    16 if course is not completed.
  • Motorcycle license must be renewed every 5 years.

Operator Licensing
Testing and Training Responsibilities

  • Testing agency: Driver License Division
  • Third-party testing: None
  • Agency responsible for training examiners: Drivers License and Traffic Safety. All examiners are required to go through motorcycle training classes with ABATE of North Dakota.

Knowledge and Skills Tests Used

  • Primary knowledge test used: MSF
  • Primary skills test used: Alternate MOST
  • Secondary skills test used: Local off-street


  • Rider education waiver: None
  • Reciprocity for rider education completed in
    another State:
  • Reciprocal license waivers: Yes

Operator and Vehicle Characteristics

  • Motorcycle operators licensed: 38,801
  • Registered motorcycles: 16,000
  • New motorcycle licenses/endorsements issued in 2001: 1,685
  • Operators licensed through rider education in 2001: N/A
  • Operators licensed without rider education: N/A
  • Operators without license or proper endorsement: N/A

Motorcyclist Licensing System

  • Graduated licensing: None
  • Tiered licensing: None

Public Information and Education

  • Operator’s manual used: Motorcycle Operator’s Manual
  • Annual budget for public information and education: $25,000–$50,000