• In North Dakota whenever a vehicle is equipped with headlights as well as any auxiliary lamps or spotlights projecting a beam of intensity greater than 300 candlepower, not more than a total of four in front of the vehicle shall be lighted at any one time when on a highway.
  • Blue lights are generally prohibited. Red and green lights that are visible from the front of the vehicle are not allowed. Front clearance, marker lamps, and reflectors must be amber. Rear clearance, reflectors, and markers must be red.
  • In addition to headlights and tail lights, vehicles in North Dakota are allowed to have additional lighting including at least two fog lights (see below).
  • North Dakota headlights laws

    Lighting laws in North Dakota

    North Dakota Century Code

    Title 39

    MOTOR VEHICLES

    Chapter 39-21

    Equipment of Vehicles

    Department of Transportation Department of Transportation


    39-21-01. When lighted lamps are required.

    Subject to the exceptions for parked vehicles, every vehicle upon a highway within this state must display lighted headlamps, taillamps, and illuminating devices as required in this chapter for different classes of vehicles as follows:

    1. At any time from sunset to sunrise, and every farm tractor upon a highway within this state at any time from a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise;

    2. At any time when it is raining, snowing, sleeting, or hailing or during other adverse driving conditions and these conditions do not render a person or vehicle on the highway clearly discernible at a distance of one thousand feet ahead; or

    3. At any other time when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog, or other conditions, or when there is insufficient light to render a person or vehicle on the highway clearly discernible at a distance of one thousand feet [304.8 meters] ahead. Stoplights, turn signals, and other signaling devices must be lighted as prescribed for the use of these devices.

    39-21-03. Headlamps on motor vehicle.

    1. Every motor vehicle must be equipped with at least two headlamps with at least one on each side of the front of the motor vehicle, which headlamps must comply with the requirements and limitations set forth in this chapter.

    2. Every headlamp upon every motor vehicle must be located at a height measured from the center of the headlamp of not more than fifty-four inches [137.16 centimeters] nor less than twenty-four inches [60.96 centimeters] to be measured as set forth in subsection 2 of section 39-21-02.

    Colors Restrictions Colors Restrictions


    39-21-09. Color of clearance lamps, side marker lamps, backup lamps, and reflectors.

    1. Front clearance lamps and those marker lamps and reflectors mounted on the front or on the side near the front of a vehicle must display or reflect an amber color.

    2. Rear clearance lamps and those marker lamps and reflectors mounted on the rear or on the sides near the rear of a vehicle must display or reflect a red color.

    3. All lighting devices and reflectors mounted on the rear of any vehicle must display or reflect a red color, except that the light illuminating the license plate must be white and the light emitted by a backup lamp must be white or amber.

    39-21-26. Special restrictions on lamps.

    No person may drive or move any vehicle or equipment upon any highway with any lamp or device thereon displaying a red or green light visible from directly in front of the center thereof. This section does not apply to any vehicle upon which a red light visible from the front is expressly authorized or required by this chapter.

    Equipment Restricted Equipment Restricted


    39-21-06.1. Additional lighting equipment.

    1. Any motor vehicle may be equipped with one or more backup lamps either separately or in combination with other lamps, but the backup lamp or lamps may not be lighted when the vehicle is in a forward motion.

    2. Any vehicle may be equipped with one or more side marker lamps which may be flashed in conjunction with turn signals or vehicular hazard warning signals.

    39-21-26. Special restrictions on lamps.

    1. Any lighted lamp or illuminating device upon a motor vehicle, other than headlamps, spot lamps, auxiliary lamps, flashing turn signals, emergency vehicle warning lamps and schoolbus warning lamps, which projects a beam of light of an intensity greater than three hundred candlepower must be so directed that no part of the high-intensity portion of the beam will strike the level of the roadway on which the vehicle stands at a distance of more than seventy-five feet [22.86 meters] from the vehicle.

    3. Flashing lights are prohibited except on an authorized emergency vehicle, schoolbus, snow-removal equipment or on any vehicle as a means of indicating a right or left turn, or the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring unusual care in approaching, overtaking, or passing.

    Other Rules Other Rules


    Headlights: 2 minimum

    • minimum height: 24 inches
    • maximum height: 54 inches

    Tail lights: 2 minimum

    • minimum height: 15 inches
    • maximum height: 72 inches

    Spot lights: 2 maximum

    • minimum height: n/a
    • maximum height: n/a

    Fog lights: 2 maximum

    • minimum height: 12 inches
    • maximum height: 30 inches

    Auxiliary passing lights: 2 maximum

    • minimum height: 24 inches
    • maximum height: 42 inches

    Auxiliary driving lights: 2 maximum

    • minimum height: 16 inches
    • maximum height: 42 inches

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