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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of December 28, 2023

What if I don't register my protection order? Will it be more difficult to have it enforced?

Since neither federal law nor state law requires you to register your protection order in order to get it enforced, it should not be more difficult to have your order enforced even if you don’t register it in North Dakota.1 Also, North Dakota state law says that a police officer must enforce an out-of-state protection order as long as you can present a copy of the order.2

If you are unsure about whether registering your order is the right decision for you, you may want to contact a local domestic violence organization in your area. An advocate there can help you decide what the safest plan of action is for you in North Dakota. To see a list of local domestic violence organizations, go to our ND Places that Help page.

1 N.D. Cent. Code §14-07.4-03(4)
2 N.D. Cent. Code §14-07.4-03(1)