BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has ordered law enforcement agencies and private businesses in the state to recognize driver's licenses and motor vehicle registrations that have expired on or after March 1.

The governor issued the directive in a Friday, March 20, executive order instructing state agencies to identify regulations that hinder their ability to address the outbreak of COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus.

The new rule on expired driver's licenses and registrations will remain valid as long as the executive order is in effect. The governor declared a state of emergency in North Dakota on March 13.

As of Saturday, North Dakota had 28 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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