Hatteras - The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division is now accepting applications for 2017 Vendor Priority Loading Passes on the Hatteras Inlet route. Under legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2016, applicants must pay a $150 fee for the pass and be verified as a provider of regular commercial services to Ocracoke Island. The pass holder must also make at least 24 trips to Ocracoke annually.
Applications can be found on the Ferry Division's website or picked up at the Hatteras Ferry Terminal. Completed applications will take a minimum of one week for processing. Upon approval, the fees can be paid by cashier's check or money order and the pass will be issued at the terminal.
The new legislation does not affect the Ocracoke Resident Priority Passes, which are issued free to Ocracoke residents every three years.