North Dakota Cell Phone and Texting Laws

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Except for novice drivers, there is no prohibition on cell phone use while driving in North Dakota. However, all North Dakota drivers are prohibited from texting.

Cell Phone Use

There is no handheld cell phone prohibition for drivers except that novice drivers in North Dakota - drivers under the age of 18 – are prohibited from using cell phones (handheld or hands-free) while driving.


All drivers are prohibited from texting while driving.

Bus Drivers

As with all drivers, bus drivers are prohibited from texting while driving.

How is it Enforced?

There is a $100 fine for text messaging while driving. North Dakota’s text messaging and cell phone laws are considered “primary” laws. A primary law means that an officer can pull you over for the offense without having to witness some other violation. That is, the officer sees you texting and issues a citation.  

Read more about North Dakota’s distracted driving laws.

Other North Dakota Information on this Website

Drunk Driving Laws, Penalties and Fines in North Dakota

Teen Driving Laws and Insurance Requirements in North Dakota

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