Polygraph Operators

Any person who intends to administer detection of deception (polygraph) tests either as an examiner or through internship must be licensed by the Attorney General. The license must be renewed each year.  All applicants for licensure (initial, internship, renewal, reciprocal) complete the same form.

Be sure to sign the application form and have your signature notarized. Mail the form with any required attachments and the application fee to:

Office of Attorney General
Licensing Section
600 E. Boulevard Avenue Dept. 125
Bismarck ND 58505-0040


The fee is $25 for an internship application or $35 for new or renewal applications. Checks should be made payable to "Office of Attorney General."

Application submission deadline

A new license application may be submitted at any time. The license expires on September 30 each year, regardless of when the initial license is issued. Applications for renewal on October 1 must be submitted between August 1 and September 13. After the application deadline, the Advisory Board will meet to review the applications that were timely received and make a recommendation to the Attorney General regarding issuance of a new or renewed license. 

Untimely Renewal Applications

Licenses expire on September 30 each year. Renewal applications received or postmarked after September 13 are untimely and will not be considered for renewal until the board meets in the next licensure period. Late renewal applicants will be required to pay a reinstatement fee.

Review the laws

The laws relating to polygraph examiners are contained in North Dakota Century Code Chapter 43-31.