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Ocracoke Priority Passes

​​​​​​Residents and businesses can apply for passes to get priority loading status for the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route.

Vehicles with the priority pass sticker displayed on the driver-side windshield can use lines labeled "PRIORITY" on both sides of the Hatteras Inlet or as a loading attendant so indicates.

To receive priority loading, a vehicle must be in line 10 minutes prior to the next scheduled departure and before loading begins. Boarding sequence is on a first-come, first-serve basis and at the discretion of the loading attendant.

Resident Priority Pass

Permanent residents of Ocracoke Island can apply for a free priority pass for their driver-side windshield.

Applicants must apply in person at the Ocracoke Silver Lake Terminal, 130 Pilot Town Circle.

A valid driver license and a vehicle registration card – both with an Ocracoke address – are required.

Vendor Priority Pass

Businesses that provide commercial services to Ocracoke Island more than twice a week can apply for a vendor priority pass that is valid only for the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry route.

Passes are issued at the beginning of each year on an as-needed basis.


12/13/2022 3:08 PM