Trucking Companies and CDL Information in North Dakota

The main thing to know about North Dakota is … it’s COLD. As a matter of fact, North Dakota is the coldest state in the contiguous United States. Only Alaska is colder. What this means to truck drivers is there can be treacherous roadways especially in the winter which is probably 6 months out of the year.

North Dakota is fairly unpopulated with only 11 people per square mile. It must be the cold that keeps them away. Three other cold states border North Dakota: Minnesota, Montana, and South Dakota.

Bismarck is the capital of North Dakota although Fargo is the most populated city:

  1. Fargo: 105,549
  2. Bismarck: 61,272
  3. Grand Forks: 52,838
  4. Minot: 40,888
  5. West Fargo: 25,830

While never a direct correlation between highest populated cities and more available jobs, it is always something to note (especially if you are relocating).

North Dakota Trucking Salary Information

Some of the most popular and high paying jobs for truckers are driving oil rigs aka tanker trucks for oil companies. However, it appears that lower oil and gas prices mean fewer jobs in this arena. Seasonal jobs are available but if you’re looking for local employment in oil and gas there’s a better chance of getting a job in this field.

Beginners beware, you’ll need at least a couple years’ experience driving before you can get a gig like this. These companies want experience. Projected trucking jobs in North Dakota from 2104 to 2024 are estimated to fall 18% whereas in the U.S. as a whole these jobs should increase about 6%.

Don’t let this discourage you because the availability of trucking jobs in North Dakota is still plentiful. Here are a few different types:

  • Local – some w/signing bonus
  • Delivery
  • Dedicated – for example Wal-Mart
  • Heavy haul
  • Frac sand
  • Water hauler (fracking uses a lot of water)

Healthy salaries make this state a great place to work. The average yearly salary for a truck driver is $53,720 and the average hourly wage is $25.83. If you look at the median salary for the state $50,510 is almost $10,000 more than the U.S. average. Breaking it down by city looks like this:

  • Bismarck: $51,290
  • Grand Forks: $44,790
  • Fargo: $44,290

Understanding and knowing how much average salaries can differentiate between cities in North Dakota can help guide you to higher paying areas. Just understand that a higher cost per living often accompanies that approach.

CDL Requirements in North Dakota

To obtain a CDL in North Dakota you need to be:

  • At least 21 years old to drive across state lines
  • 18-20 years old to drive intra-state
  • 16 years old to test for a CDL restricted to custom harvesting operations
  • Able to read, write, and speak English

You need to meet all Federal Medical Requirements in 49 CFR 391. There are some medical conditions that can disqualify an individual:

  • Heart condition
  • Hearing impairment
  • Worse than 20/40 visual acuity in either eye – even with corrective lenses
  • Loss of a limb or loss of the use of a limb
  • Diabetes controlled with insulin
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizure disorder requiring anti-seizure medication

Apply in person at any North Dakota Driver’s License location. Prior to testing, you need to present your current driver’s license, proof of legal presence, proof of residence (your address), fill in an application, and pass an eye exam.

Different Types of Licenses and Medical Requirements

Next you must pass the required written knowledge test(s) for the CDL Class you’ll be driving. Then you can purchase a Commercial Learners Permit (CLP). You can schedule a road test once you’ve had your valid CLP for at least 14 days. Take the road skills test to demonstrate your ability to operate the commercial vehicle you’ll be driving.

Seasonal CDL License or Agri-Business License
You can pick up an application for a North Dakota Seasonal License at any North Dakota Driver’s License site. Fill in all areas on the application including applicant signature, employer signature and notary signature/stamp.

Applicant must be 18 or older and have a valid North Dakota driver’s license for the duration of the 90 or 180-Day Seasonal License. If the applicant’s license will expire during that time he/she will need to renew the license before the 90 or 180-Day Seasonal License can be processed.

They must be currently licensed in North Dakota for one or more years and:

  • Have a current status of D or DM. It’s okay for the applicant to have a CDL permit
  • Have a clean driving record for the past 24 months
  • Not be suspended, revoked or cancelled in any other state
  • Not have had multiple licenses
  • Not have been convicted of any serious traffic violations or any disqualifying offenses
  • Not have been convicted for any accident related traffic law violations and no record of at-fault accidents

Medical Requirements
Medical requirements are the same as for a regular CDL. You must meet all Federal Medical Requirements in 49 CFR 391 and can be disqualified for the same conditions listed above.

Applicant must meet full Commercial Visual Requirements which are:

  • Must be able to distinguish the colors red, green, and amber
  • Visual Acuity must be corrected to 20/40 or better in each eye and both eyes together
  • Field of Vision must be at least 70 degrees Temporal in each eye

Driver may operate Class B or C vehicle groups within 150 miles from place of business or farm and may transport farm agricultural products, farm machinery, and supplies. You are limited to transporting the following placarded hazardous materials (SOURCE):

  • Diesel fuel of 1,000 gallons or less
  • Solid fertilizers that are not mixed with any organic substance
  • Liquid fertilizer in vehicles with a total capacity of 3,000 gallons or less

Only one 180-day or two 90-day licenses will be issued in a 12-month period.

North Dakota Trucking Related News

Melissa Dixon has a drive for the trucking industry, both through her work as president of an insurance company as well as her recent appointment as the first female president of the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association in late May of 2017. The group has been around since 1934 and its chief goal is support the trucking industry.

Dixon’s ascent in the typically male-dominated trucking industry is a notable achievement. But she got there because of her background and hard work, not her gender. “I’ve always been blessed with a strong desire and ability to move myself forward, so I think that it is important to many people that this is the situation,” she said.

Dixon doesn’t have a commercial driver’s license, though she has driven a truck and several large motorhomes in the past.

After spending nine years in Alaska, Dixon was asked by her father to help start a sister organization to his Dixon Insurance that would handle licensing and registration. She agreed and Interstate Truck Licensing was founded.

Dixon became an Interstate Commerce Commission practitioner and simultaneously became interested in the rapid changes in the trucking industry as a result of deregulation and multi-state compacts. “I came to love the industry,” she said.

Dixon is passionate about educating truckers and the general public. “She really is a big promoter of the trucking industry and the transportation industry,” said Mark Wolter, immediate past president of the Motor Carriers Association.

Dixon’s primary objective is to get the association’s message out so the general public can understand the importance of the industry to our economy—and the need to be safe around trucks. More than 70 percent of truck accidents are caused by a car or non-semi, but many of these drivers don’t realize the large blind spots truck drivers must operate around on crowded highways and city streets.

2 BROTHER’S MOVING

Listed in
(701) 590-4413

98 29TH AVE SW, 58601
Interstate
2353361

2 BROTHER’S MOVING

Listed in
(701) 590-4413

98 29TH AVE SW, 58601
Interstate
2353361

2 GATES TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(701) 550-9632

8088 HWY 30, 58353
Interstate
2293370

24 7 PROPANE CYLINDERS HOME REFILL SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(701) 226-1043

12621 22ND STREET, 58854
Interstate
2577647

24-7 CONTRACTING SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(763) 260-8544

11627 28TH ST NW, 58854
Interstate
2341714

24-7 CONTRACTING SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(763) 260-8544

11627 28TH ST NW, 58854
Interstate
2341714

2R RANCH

Listed in
(701) 424-3443

5059 50TH AVE SE, 58483
Interstate
1371952

3 CROW’S TRUCKING

Listed in
(701) 222-4790

416 S 14TH ST, 58504
Interstate
1211151

32 BELOW INC

Listed in
(701) 866-8162

4842 47TH ST S UNIT E, 58104
Interstate
2169500

36MAPLE VALLEY OIL ASSOCIATION COOPERATIVE

Listed in
(701) 749-4000

600 MICHIGAN AVE, 58071
Intrastate Hazmat
2337798

36MAPLE VALLEY OIL ASSOCIATION COOPERATIVE

Listed in
(701) 749-4000

600 MICHIGAN AVE, 58071
Intrastate Hazmat
2337798

4 CORNERS HOTSHOT LLC

Listed in
(701) 483-9068

2276 110 AVE SW, 58601
Interstate
2088035

4 G ENERGY SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(701) 982-7183

14010 ND HWY 5 NW #501, 58844
Interstate
2341460

4 G ENERGY SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(701) 982-7183

14010 ND HWY 5 NW #501, 58844
Interstate
2341460

4M TRANSPORT

Listed in
(701) 756-6600

206 1ST ST SE, 58761
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2158137

4R TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(701) 483-4635

3475 114W AVE SW, 58601
Interstate
2070812

5 STAR MOVING INC

Listed in
(701) 356-6683

3008 MAPLE STREET N, 58102
Interstate
1087336

5 STAR MOVING INC

Listed in
(701) 356-6683

3008 MAPLE STREET N, 58102
Interstate
1087336

5 STAR TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(701) 840-1025

804 4TH ST, 58480
Interstate
2294624

5 STARR TRANSPORT

Listed in
(701) 220-3888

810 N 2ND ST #7, 58501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2419704

5 T FARMS INC

Listed in
(701) 252-2602

8081 34ST SE, 58401
Interstate
2205069

5L WATERBOY INC

Listed in
(701) 363-2755

593 MAIN ST EAST, 58463
Interstate
2188457

6 X TRUCKING

Listed in
(701) 572-9933

5263 139TH AVE N W, 58801
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1813788

A & K SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(770) 307-8072

3578 160TH AVE NW, 58838
Interstate
2262756

A & L LANDSCAPING INCORPORATED

Listed in
(701) 237-5740

233 41ST ST S, 58103
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1358172

A & L TRUCK SALES

Listed in
(701) 377-4000

115 MAIN STREET NE, 58721-0069
Interstate
1285473

A & L TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(208) 851-8349

108 WESTSIDE DR, 58721
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2277210

A AND A LANDSCAPE & MAINTENANCE OF ND LLC

Listed in
(701) 577-6052

1008 E BROADWAY AVE, 58801
Interstate
2409170

A L I TRANSPORT

Listed in
(507) 271-0668

805 E MAIN AVE UNIT 4, 58078
Interstate
1388258

A LIVINGSTON

Listed in
(701) 340-0906

915 BURDICK EXPY W, 58701
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1174066

A M CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(202) 521-1493

4784 65TH AVE NW, 58771
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2496251

A TEAM

Listed in
(702) 604-3665

5204 105TH STREET NW, 58852
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2291118

A TEAM TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(701) 872-4850

2441 161ST AVE SW, 58654
Intrastate Hazmat
1559254

A TO Z ALL PHASE CONTRACTORS

Listed in
(701) 300-1625

11045 40TH ST SW, 58601
Interstate
2465635

A TO Z TRAGEDY RELIEF AND RESTORATION

Listed in
(701) 220-7269

514 1ST AVE NE, 58482
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2285705

A-1 CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(701) 277-1712

7209 48TH AVENUE NORTH, 58042-9637
Interstate
1010747

A-LINE BUILDERS INC

Listed in
(701) 361-8887

922 40TH ST N UNIT B, 58102
Interstate
2363993

A-RROW SANITATION SERVICES INC

Listed in
(701) 572-0572

14665 HWY 1804, 58801
Interstate
1140396

A&K LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(770) 307-8072

14746 BAXTER STREET, 58801
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2641794

A&L SIDING & HOME IMPROVEMENT CENTER

Listed in
(701) 775-0980

1505 11TH AVE N, 58203
Interstate
2728294

A&T EXPRESS

Listed in
(630) 802-1582

5037 10TH AVE S, 58103
Interstate
2454210

A&T EXPRESS

Listed in
(630) 802-1582

5037 10TH AVE S, 58103
Interstate
2454210

AA LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(218) 841-1521

401 14TH ST, 58854
Interstate
2479442

AACTION MOVERS

Listed in
(701) 223-5535

3403 E ROSSER AVENUE, 58501
Interstate
212818

AALUND FARM

Listed in
(701) 459-2837

138 4TH AVE W, 58782
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1055159

AARMAC TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(701) 248-8088

6619 62 1/2 STREET NW, 58718
Interstate
1454521

AARON BRADLEY NELSON

Listed in
(701) 739-7379

941 9TH ST NE, 58278
Interstate
1539952

AARON SKARSGARD

Listed in
(701) 628-1055

406 5TH AVE SW, 58784
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1917437

AARONS SALES & LEASE OWNERSHIP

Listed in
(701) 793-5417

1621 S UNIVERSITY DR SUITE 221, 58103
Interstate
1644206

AB TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(701) 639-0878

1415 34TH ST S APT 12, 58103
Interstate
2557164

AB TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(701) 639-0878

1415 34TH ST S APT 12, 58103
Interstate
2557164

ABC LAWN AND LANDSCAPE

Listed in
(701) 741-4194

321 3RD STREET, 58278
Interstate
1501942

ABC SEAMLESS OF BISMARCK

Listed in
1316 S 20TH ST, 58504
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1064441

ABE’S LLC

Listed in
(701) 789-0778

2333 99TH AVE SE, 58492
Interstate
2578755

ABOUT THE FATHER’S BUSINESS

Listed in
(701) 529-4477

31602 142 ST SW, 58735
Interstate
2273357

ABSOLUTE ENERGY SYSTEMS LLC

Listed in
(623) 262-1509

708 1ST STREET, 58763-4106
Intrastate Hazmat
2446589

ABSOLUTE ENERGY SYSTEMS LLC

Listed in
(623) 262-1509

708 1ST STREET, 58763-4106
Intrastate Hazmat
2446589

ABSOLUTE FENCE LLC

Listed in
(701) 238-1669

635 10TH ST NE, 58078
Interstate
2158591

ABSOLUTE HONEY LLC

Listed in
(701) 656-3623

5126 88TH ST NE, 58353
Interstate
2003734

ABSORBENT & SAFETY SOLUTIONS LLC

Listed in
(701) 838-4558

2716 ROUGHNECK RD, 58831
Interstate
2270796

ABU TRAILERS INC

Listed in
(701) 642-9771

606 MILLER ST, 58075
Interstate
1737453

AC FLAAGAN INCORPORATED

Listed in
(701) 367-9321

2050 100TH AVE NE, 58361-9484
Interstate
2098396

ACCEL FUSION LLC

Listed in
(701) 260-6489

387 15TH STREET WEST #278, 58601
Interstate
2417521

ACCELERATED GREEN WORKS INC

Listed in
(701) 478-5643

603 10TH ST NE, 58078
Interstate
1672945

ACCENT

Listed in
(701) 265-2842

191 CAVALIER ST, 58271
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2636298

ACCENT CONTRACTING

Listed in
(701) 293-6000

3151 MAIN AVENUE, 58103
Interstate
2093615

ACCESS RELOCATION

Listed in
(701) 258-7777

3401 E ROSSER AVE, 58501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2424117

ACCLAIM TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(719) 243-6099

3979 86 AV NW, 58763
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1607747

ACE TRANSPORT

Listed in
(701) 263-5107

110 3RD AVE W, 58782
Interstate
2179633

ACV TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(701) 232-7805

2801 39 1/2 AVE N, 58102
Interstate
1480596

ADAM MAUS

Listed in
(701) 872-4048

5260 166 TH AVE SW, 58632
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1424673

ADAM WILLIAM COTTON

Listed in
(701) 202-3295

1218 MORNINGSIDE DRIVE, 58012
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2629482

ADAMS INC

Listed in
(701) 277-9422

2131 16TH ST N, 58102-1840
Interstate
164612

ADELMAN CONCRETE & EXCAVATING INC

Listed in
(701) 277-3500

5002 19TH AVE N, 58102
Interstate
1650845

ADONEEZ HOTSHOTS LLC

Listed in
(602) 689-5959

1804 14TH AVE EAST, 58801
Interstate
2194813

ADVANCE ELECTRIC INC

Listed in
(701) 746-5222

715 7TH AVE N, 58203
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1075265

ADVANCED BUSINESS METHODS

Listed in
(701) 282-3151

1515 13TH AVE E, 58078
Interstate
2082883

ADVANCED STRIPING INC

Listed in
(701) 200-4898

4711 6TH ST W, 58078
Interstate
2532407

ADVANCED TRUSS FABRICATORS INC

Listed in
(701) 663-2231

2713 TWIN CITY DRIVE, 58554
Interstate
1159286

ADVANCED WELDING SOLUTIONS

Listed in
(701) 260-0041

3153 111E AVE SW, 58601
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2460316

ADVANTA US INC

Listed in
(701) 282-2952

6109 53RD AVE SW, 58104
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1371542

ADVENTURE RV

Listed in
(701) 277-1165

1220 MAIN AVE WEST, 58078
Interstate
1442978

AE2S CONSTRUCTION LLC

Listed in
(701) 746-8087

4050 GARDEN VIEW DRIVE STE 200, 58201
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2598618

AERO SPRAYING SERVICE INC

Listed in
(701) 572-3514

406 AIRPORT RD, 58801-7200
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1704523

AETC

Listed in
(701) 751-6334

1818 E CAPITOL AVE #202, 58501
Interstate
2184137

AFFORDABLE MOVERS LLC

Listed in
(701) 730-2722

3039 MAIN AVE, 58103
Interstate
1114455

AFFORDABLE TRUCKING

Listed in
(847) 415-0277

5 EMMA ROAD, 58776
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1327502

AFRAH TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(651) 500-2425

2602 ARROWHEAD RD S #103, 58103
Interstate
2642681

AG WAREHOUSE TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(701) 524-2100

314 MAIN ST, 58277
Interstate
2259108

AGAS LLC

Listed in
(507) 398-7913

9982 37TH ST NW, 58763
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2286101

AGASSIZ CONCRETE PUMPING

Listed in
(218) 770-2624

1418 INDUSTRIAL DRIVE UNIT B, 58501
Interstate
2474322

AGASSIZ DRAIN TILE LLC

Listed in
(701) 847-3131

16234 13TH ST NE SUITE #1, 58218
Interstate
1621549

AGASSIZ EXCAVATING INC

Listed in
(701) 352-0165

1463 MANVEL AVE, 58237-1869
Interstate
1680980

AGASSIZ TRANSFER

Listed in
(701) 367-3970

103 BLUFF ST, 58033
Interstate
2124690

AGASSIZ TRANSFER

Listed in
(701) 367-3970

103 BLUFF ST, 58033
Interstate
2124690

AGASSIZ UNDERGROUND

Listed in
(701) 356-0539

3100 41ST S, 58104
Interstate
2125168

AGASSIZ UNDERGROUND

Listed in
(701) 356-0539

3100 41ST S, 58104
Interstate
2125168

AGC LLC

Listed in
(218) 289-3325

2600 SOUTH 34TH STREET APT 211, 58201
Interstate
1861223

AGPOLLEN

Listed in
(707) 963-9530

209 MAIN STREET N, 58788
Interstate
2442341

AGPOLLEN

Listed in
(707) 963-9530

209 MAIN STREET N, 58788
Interstate
2442341