Burgum announces CDC pilot project, drivers license renewal changes; 'Mask up' campaign, K-12 education also discussed


Governor Doug Burgum made a series of announcements during his weekly press conference today at the North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck.
The largest announcement, by far, was a national one. Burgum says North Dakota has been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of four states to be part of a pilot project to plan for a COVID-19 vaccination program. 
When a vaccine becomes available, the federal government will provide general guidance on how to prioritize and distribute the vaccine.
Burgum says meetings kick off for the pilot project this week in Bismarck.
In addition, Burgum today extended the renewal deadline for driver’s licenses that have expired during the COVID-19 emergency, while also announcing a new precision online learning tool for K-12 schools and families and launching a “Mask Up ND” campaign to encourage North Dakotans to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
North Dakota law enforcement agencies and private sector businesses operating in this state are directed to recognize any North Dakota driver's license that expired after March 1, 2020, or a license that will expire by December 31, 2020 as valid, based upon the renewal schedule below.

  • Licenses which expired in March, April or May 2020 must be renewed no later than September 30, 2020. 
  • Licenses which expired in June 2020 must be renewed no later than October 31, 2020.
  • Licenses which expired, or will expire, in July, August, September or October 2020 must be renewed no later than November 30, 2020.         
  • Licenses which expire in November and December 2020 must be renewed no later than December 31, 2020.