North Dakota State Resource Center
North Dakota Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney General is the chief legal counsel and advisor to state government in North Dakota. He represents and defends the interests of the state and the people of North Dakota in civil and criminal actions. He may take legal action to protect the rights of North Dakotans, defend the actions of state officials, and ensure public order. The Attorney General is a member of numerous boards and commissions, including the Board of University and School Lands, Industrial Commission (which oversees all state-owned industries), Drug and Alcohol Commission, Judicial Council and Pardon Advisory Board.
The Governor of North Dakota is the chief executive of North Dakota. The Governor has the right to sign and veto laws, and to call the Legislative Assembly, into emergency session. The Governor is also chairman of the North Dakota Industrial Commission. The official residence of the Governor is the North Dakota Governor's Residence. There are no limits on any of the terms a governor may serve.
- Lt. Governor
The Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota is a political office in North Dakota. The Lieutenant Governor's duty is to preside as President of the Senate, and is responsible for legislative relations, the state budget and agri-business development. Originally, the Lieutenant Governor was elected separately from the Governor of North Dakota. This was changed in 1974, and since then, the Governor and Lieutenant are elected together on a joint ballot and are of the same party.
- Secretary of State
The duties of the Secretary of State are defined in various parts of the state's constitution, in numerous state statutes, and in the agency's administrative rules. General duties include: Custodian of the Great Seal and other official state documents; Keeps a register of and attests the official acts of the Governor; Serves as member and secretary of the Emergency Commission, member of the Board of University and School Lands, member of the Board for the State Historical Society, member of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Awards Committee, and secretary of the State Canvassing Board; Is the State Athletic (Boxing) Commissioner; Distributes the ND Century Code, the ND Administrative Code, and the ND sessions laws; Biennially publishes and distributes the ND Blue Book; Receives, records, and files original bills and resolutions from each Legislative Assembly; and Distributes copies of legislative resolutions as prescribed by law.
- State Auditor
The State Auditor is a constitutionally elected state official. The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) is divided into three operational divisions: Division of State Audit; Division of Local Government Audit; and the Division of Royalty Audit. The Office of the State Auditor is subject to two peer reviews. The first covers the audits done by the Divisions of State Audit and Local Government Audit and is performed by the National State Auditor's Association (NSAA). The second covers the audits done by the Division of Royalty Audit and is performed by the State and Tribal Royalty Audit Committee (STRAC).
- State of North Dakota
North Dakota is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States, along the Canadian border, about halfway between the Pacific Ocean and the Great Lakes. Dakota is the Sioux Indian word for "friend". North Dakota endures some of the most extreme temperature variations on the planet, characteristic of its continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers.
- State Tax Commissioner
The primary mission of the Office of State Tax Commissioner is to collect tax revenue required to be paid by law and necessary to fund the operation of state and local government, through the uniform and fair administration of North Dakota's tax laws. The Office of State Tax Commissioner is comprised of six separate divisions: Commissioner's Division; Legal Division; Fiscal Management Division; Income, Sales and Special Taxes Division; Property and Utility Taxes Division; and Operations Division.
- State Treasurer
The State Treasurer and her staff serve the people of North Dakota by providing sound leadership and prudent investment practices of state dollars. The Treasurer and her staff also work in cooperation with the Bank of North Dakota. The Bank of North Dakota is the only State-owned bank in the nation. The Office of the State Treasurer is separated into five divisions: Administration, Investments, Accounting, Tax Distributions, and Cash Management.
North Dakota Legislative Branch
- North Dakota Legislative Assembly
The ND Legislative Assembly is the state legislature of the state of North Dakota. The Legislative Assembly consists of two chambers, the lower ND House of Representatives, with 94 representatives, and the upper ND Senate, with 47 senators. Due to the Legislative Assembly being a biennial legislature, with the House and Senate sitting for only 80 days in odd-numbered years, a Legislative Council oversees legislative affairs in the interim periods, doing longer-term studies of issues, and drafting legislation for consideration of both houses during the next session.
North Dakota Court Rules and Forms
- ND Supreme Court Procedural Rules, Administrative Rules and Administrative Orders
Provides links to Rule on Procedural Rules, Administrative Rules and Administrative Orders of the North Dakota Supreme Court, and search option.
- North Dakota Administrative Rules and Orders
Provides links to ND Supreme Court Administrative Rules and Orders, and search option.
- North Dakota Admission to Practice Rules
Provides links to ND Admission to Practice Rules and search option.
- North Dakota Appellate Rules
Provides links to ND Rules of Appellate Procedure, and search option.
- North Dakota Code of Judicial Conduct
Provides links to ND Code of Judicial Conduct, and search option.
- North Dakota Continuing Legal Education Rules
Provides links to ND Rules for Continuing Legal Education, and search option.
- North Dakota Court Forms
Provides several categories of forms the North Dakota Supreme Court has made available to self-represented parties. Clicking on the links will take you to the specific form pages.
- North Dakota Judicial Conduct Commission Rules
Provides links to Rules of the Judicial Conduct Commission, and search option.
- North Dakota Local Court Procedural and Administrative Rules
Provides links to Local Court Procedural and Administrative Rules, and search option.
- North Dakota Local Court Rules
Provides links to North Dakota Rule on Local Court Procedural Rules and Administrative Rules, and search option.
- North Dakota Rules for Lawyer Discipline
Provides links to North Dakota Rules for Lawyer Discipline, and search option.
- North Dakota Rules of Civil Procedure
Provide links to North Dakota Rules of Civil Procedure, and search option.
- North Dakota Rules of Court
Provides links to North Dakota Rules of Court, and search option.
- North Dakota Rules of Criminal Procedure
Provide links to North Dakota Rules of Criminal Procedure, and search option.
- North Dakota Rules of Evidence
Provides links to North Dakota Rules of Evidence, and search option.
- North Dakota Rules of Juvenile Procedure
Provides links to North Dakota Rules of Juvenile Procedure, and search option.
- North Dakota Rules of Professional Conduct
Provide links to North Dakota Rules of Professional Conduct, and search option.
North Dakota Judicial Branch
- North Dakota Courts
Provides links to information and the courts of the North Dakota Court System. The North Dakota judicial system consists of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, District Courts, and Municipal Courts. Together they form a judicial team responsible for providing an equal and fair system of justice to citizens of North Dakota.
- North Dakota Supreme Court
The North Dakota Supreme Court is the highest court of law in the state of North Dakota. The Court rules on questions of law in appeals from the state's district courts. The Supreme Court is empowered to constitute a Court of Appeals consisting of a three-member panel chosen from active and retired District Court judges, retired Supreme Court justices, and lawyers. The Court of Appeals only hears cases specifically assigned to it by the Supreme Court, which is done only infrequently.
North Dakota Executive Branch
- Bank of North Dakota
The mission of the Bank of North Dakota (BND) is to deliver quality, sound financial services that promote agriculture, commerce and industry in North Dakota. In this role, the Bank acts as a funding resource in partnership with other financial institutions, economic development groups and guaranty agencies.
- Department of Agriculture
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (DOA) was established in 1966 when the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and Labor split into two separate entities, with the other being the North Dakota Department of Labor. DOA's mission is to foster a healthy economic, environmental, and social climate for agriculture and the rural community through leadership, advocacy, education, regulation and other services.
- Department of Career and Technical Education
The mission of the State Board for Career and Technical Education is to work with others to provide all North Dakota citizens with the technical skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for successful performance in a globally competitive workplace.
- Department of Commerce
The North Dakota Department of Commerce is the state's lead economic development agency and is charged with coordinating and focusing the state's economic development resources. These efforts are made possible through working closely with local and regional developers across North Dakota.
- Department of Commerce: Division of Economic Development & Finance
The Economic Development and Finance division provides full service site location, incentive packaging and business liaison assistance to the Department of Commerce's efforts to attract, retain and expand economic wealth for North Dakota.
- Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
The mission of the is Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is to enhance public safety, to reduce the risk of future criminal behavior by holding adult and juvenile offenders accountable, and to provide opportunities for change.
- Department of Financial Institutions
The Department of Financial Institutions regulates a number of financial services providers through their three divisions. The Banking Division regulates state-chartered banks and independent trust companies. The Credit Union Division regulates state-chartered credit unions. The Consumer Division regulates Money Brokers, Mortgage Loan Originators, Deferred Presentment Service Providers (Payday Lenders), Collection Agencies, and Money Transmitters.
- Department of Health
The mission of the North Dakota Department of Health (DOH) is to protect and enhance the health and safety of all North Dakotans and the environment in which they live. To accomplish its mission, DOH is committed to improving the health status of the people of ND, improving access to and delivery of quality health care, preserving and improving the quality of the environment, promoting a state of emergency readiness and response, and achieving strategic outcomes within available resources.
- Department of Human Services
The Department of Human Services (DHS) is an umbrella agency headed by the Executive Director, who was appointed by the governor. DHS is organized into three major subdivisions consisting of Field Services, Program and Policy Management, and Managerial Support. DHS' mission is to provide quality, efficient, and effective human services, which improve the lives of people.
- Department of Labor
The North Dakota Department of Labor is responsible for enforcing North Dakota labor and human rights laws and for educating the public about these laws. In addition, the department licenses employment agencies operating in North Dakota and can verify the status of independent contractor relationships.
- Department of Public Instruction
The Superintendent of Public Instruction is required to enforce all state statutes and federal regulations pertaining to the establishment and maintenance of public schools and related programs, supervise the ND Schools for the Deaf and Blind, and the State Library, operate the Department of Public Instruction efficiently and effectively, expand the delivery options that increase educational opportunities for all North Dakota citizens, evaluate and communicate educational policy and vision to all North Dakota residents and serve as an advocate for adequate financial resources to support public education.
- Department of Transportation
The mission of the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is to provide a transportation system that safely moves people and goods. NDDOT maintains more lane-miles of roads per maintenance employee than any other state in the nation.
- Department of Veterans Affairs
The goal of the Department of Veterans Affairs is to ensure that every veteran in the State of North Dakota who has served in the military receives every benefit to which he or she may be entitled from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), allied agencies, and from the State of North Dakota.
- Division of Community Services
The Division of Community Services was established to provide technical assistance to local governments, state agencies, and the executive branch in the areas of community and rural planning and development, policy research and development, and grant program implementation.
- Division of Emergency Management
The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services provides 24/7 emergency communications and resource coordination with more than 50 lead and support agencies, private enterprise, and voluntary organizations to assist local jurisdictions in disaster and emergency response activities. It administers federal disaster recovery programs and the Homeland Security Grant Program.
- Forms Directory
Provides links to forms used by customers internal to ND State Government and forms used by the general public or entities external to ND State Government.
- Game and Fish Department
The mission of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is to protect, conserve and enhance fish and wildlife populations and their habitat for sustained public consumptive and appreciative use.
- Housing Finance Agency
The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency is a public financial institution dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans. The Agency facilitates affordable mortgage financing, assures the continued availability of low-income rental housing, and seeks to provide for the state’s changing housing needs.
- Information Technology Department
The Information Technology Department (ITD) is responsible for all wide area network services planning, selection, and implementation for all state agencies, including institutions under the control of the State Board of Higher Education, counties, cities, and school districts. ITD is also responsible for computer support services, software development, statewide communications services, standards for providing information to other state agencies and the public through the internet, technology planning, process redesign and quality assurance.
- Job Service North Dakota
Job Service North Dakota provides customer-focused services to meet the current and emerging workforce needs of the state. The agency administers the Unemployment Insurance program for North Dakota; assists businesses in acquiring qualified workers; and provides an array of services to help workers find suitable employment. In addition, Job Service's Labor Market Information (LMI) Center produces the best and most up-to-date labor market information in the state
- North Dakota Highway Patrol
The North Dakota Highway Patrol strives to maintain a high visibility presence on the state's highways to help deter violations and to help those who may need assistance. Major activities of the State Patrol include: traffic enforcement, crash investigation, reporting road conditions, and enforcement of laws where state property is involved.
- North Dakota Insurance Department,
The North Dakota Insurance Department, established in 1889, is a state regulatory agency headed by the Insurance Commissioner. Its mission to protect the public good by fairly and effectively administering the laws of North Dakota. The Department is committed to vigorous consumer protection efforts while fostering a strong, competitive marketplace that provide consumers with choices and access to high-quality insurance products and services at competitive prices.
- North Dakota National Guard
The North Dakota National Guard consists of the: North Dakota Army National Guard and the North Dakota Air National Guard. It is part of the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services.
- North Dakota Tourism Division
The official web site of the North Dakota Tourism Division. Provides links and information about North Dakota tourism, what to do, where to stay, how to get there, vacation packages and more.
- Office of Management and Budget
The mission of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is to provide innovative leadership and support to state government. The office provides Central Services; Facility Management; Fiscal Management; Human Resources; and Risk Management.
- Office of Management and Budget - State Surplus Property
Surplus Property is responsible for the acquisition and distribution of federal surplus property to eligible organizations. Surplus Property is also responsible for the disposition of property surplus to the needs of state agencies and political sub divisions. Most of this property is at the distribution center in Bismarck and is made available to eligible organizations and the public.
- Parks and Recreation Department
The Parks and Recreation Department manages and oversees North Dakota's state park and trail system, as well as recreational activities.
- Public Employees Retirement System
The mission of the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS) is to design, communicate and efficiently administer a viable employee benefits program within a framework of prudent risk-taking, applicable state and federal laws, and professional and ethical standards so as to provide an employee benefit package that is among the best available from public and private employers in the upper Midwest.
- Retirement and Investment Office
the North Dakota Retirement and Investment Office (RIO) was established in 1989 to coordinate the activities of the State Investment Board (SIB) and the Teachers' Fund for Retirement (TFFR). SIB clients receive cost effective investment services directed at meeting their written financial goals under the Prudent Investor Rule. TFFR benefit recipients receive their retirement benefits in a cost effective and timely manner.
- Rough Rider Industries
Rough Rider Industries works to successfully transition inmates back into society. Rough Rider Industries seeks to provide inmates with good work habits and skills that can be useful in the job market upon release.
- Securities Department
The North Dakota Securities Department regulates the offer and sale of securities and franchises in the State, and protects the investing public by enforcing compliance with ND's state laws. The Department promotes public awareness of securities laws to prevent violations and to prevent investment fraud. The Department provides investor education programs for all ages to improve the level of financial literacy in the state.
- State Historical Society of North Dakota
The mission of the State Historical Society of North Dakota is to identify, preserve, interpret, and promote the heritage of North Dakota and its people. The Museum of the State Historical Society of North Dakota collects, interprets, and preserves diverse items relating to North Dakota and her citizens.
- State Land Department
The North Dakota State Land Department is the state agency in charge of managing unclaimed property and state owned lands for the benefit of North Dakota's public school system. The department consists of the following divisions: Surface Management Division; Minerals Management Division; Unclaimed Property Division; Investments; and the Energy Development Impact Office.
- State Library
The North Dakota State Library is a government operated library in North Dakota. The State Library specializes in information services to state agencies and to the general public. Its goals are to serve as a leader in the library and information field, promote and advocate library awareness, provide and develop library and information services statewide, and achieve customer satisfaction.
- State Procurement Office
The mission of the State Procurement Office (SPO) is to provide comprehensive purchasing services based upon sound procurement practices and principles. SPO is a division of Central Services Division, Office of Management & Budget for the State of North Dakota. SPO gives businesses the ability to register as a bidder and maintain their information; serves as a single-source website for bidders to check bid opportunities with the State Executive Branch agencies, as well as other participating entities; provides information on the rules and regulations governing ND state purchasing; and posts schedules for ND agency staff trainings.
- State Seed Department
The North Dakota State Seed Department (NDSSD) carries out certification, laboratory and regulatory functions for the state's agricultural industry. NDSSD maintains close working relationships with a variety of affiliates in North Dakota and surrounding states. NDSSD's core operations consist of five primary program areas: Field Seed, Potato, Laboratory Services, Regulatory and Administration.
- Workforce Safety & Insurance
Workforce Safety & Insurance (WSI) believes that every worker deserves a safe work environment, and every employer deserves to have healthy workers safely on the job without the risk of workplace injury. WSI concentrates on putting safety to work through safety education and training, and the continual focus on safety from employers and workers. WSI's Loss Prevention Department and Education Unit provide a wide range of services to employers.
North Dakota Boards and Commissions
- Boards and Commissions Database
This database is provided by the Office of the Governor. It provides links to the Boards and Commissions of South Dakota's state government.
- Indian Affairs Commission
Created by the North Dakota Legislature in 1949, the ND Indian Affairs Commission was one of the first such commissions established in the United States. The main goal of the Commission has always been to create a better North Dakota through the improvement of tribal/state relations and better understanding between American Indian and non-Indian people.
- Industrial Commission
The Legislature created the Industrial Commission of North Dakota in 1919 to conduct and manage, on behalf of the State, certain utilities, industries, enterprises and business projects established by state law.
- North Dakota Council on the Arts
The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) operates through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and an appropriation from the North Dakota State Legislature. NDCA's mission to promote, preserve and perpetuate the arts in North Dakota. NDCA’s Promise is to use the power of the arts to enhance the vitality of North Dakota through: Cultural Traditions in North Dakota; Pre K-12 Academic Success; Accessibility for All Citizens; Economic Development; Quality Art Experiences; and Support of Artists and Arts Organizations.
- Private Investigation and Security Board
The North Dakota Private Investigation & Security Board (NDPISB) is a governor appointed board that licenses and regulates the Private Investigation and Security industries. NDPISB shall establish by rule the qualifications and procedures for classifying, qualifying, licensing, bonding, and regulating persons providing private investigative and security services, including armed security personnel.
- Public Service Commission
The Public Service Commission is a constitutional agency with varying degrees of statutory authority over abandoned mine lands, coal mine reclamation, electric and gas utilities, telecommunications companies, energy conversion facility siting, transmission facility siting, railroads, grain elevators, facility-based grain buyers, roving grain buyers, and hay buyers, auctioneers, auction clerks, weighing and measuring devices, pipeline safety, and underground damage prevention.
- State Water Commission
The primary responsibility of the North Dakota State Water Commission (SWC) is to provide effective management of North Dakota's water resources.
- Wheat Commission
The North Dakota Wheat Commission works to sustain and expand use of wheat grown by North Dakota farmers by creating worldwide market opportunities through efforts including opening overseas markets, reinforcing consumption of grain foods, developing new wheat varieties and influencing international import and export policies. Wheat producers fund these programs with a checkoff of a penny and a half on each bushel sold.