Vendors deliver crucial supplies to Ocracoke Island NC. Photo: C. Leinbach
Vendors deliver crucial supplies to Ocracoke Island. Photo: C. Leinbach

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HATTERAS – The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division is now accepting applications for 2018 Vendor Priority 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. Businesses with multiple vehicles only need to purchase one pass to cover all vehicles.

Applications can be found on the Ferry Division’s website here or picked up in person 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.

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