Hatteras - The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Ferry Division continues to accept applications for 2017 Vendor Priority Loading Passes on the Hatteras Inlet route. As of January 1, any vehicle wishing to use the priority loading lane must have a valid 2017 Priority Pass.
Under legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2016, applicants must pay a $150 fee for each 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. A business may purchase as many passes as they need to do business.
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.