The only difference between a Class 1 license and a Class 2 license is - Reciprocity.
Both licenses are equally valid within North Dakota, but because of the additional testing requirements, the holders of a Class 1 license have reciprocity in many more states than those who hold a Class 2 license.
Upgrading from a Class 2 to a Class 1 License
An individual who has a valid Class 2 license may apply to upgrade to a Class 1 license within five years from the date the Class 2 license was issued, by completing the additional testing requirements of a Class 1 license and submitting an application form along with the $60 application fee and required documents.
- Fingerprints and photographs are not required to be submitted with an application for an upgraded license, but a copy of the state driver's license and (if not from ND) a copy of a home state concealed carry license or military PCS orders must be submitted.
- An expired license cannot be upgraded.
The upgraded license is valid for five years from the date it is issued.
Converting a Class 1 license to a Class 2
An individual who has a valid Class 1 license may convert the license to a Class 2 by returning the Class 1 license to the BCI along with a written request to convert it to a Class 2.