Re-Entering Ocracoke

Press Release

Everything you need to know about getting your Ocracoke re-entry permit including in person renewal/application dates at the Ocracoke Community Center.

The Hyde County Emergency Services Department issues re-entry permits to Ocracoke residents and property owners to be used when emergency conditions limit general access to Ocracoke Island.

The re-entry permit process was modified in 2014. Re-entry permits are now issued to be valid for several years. If you renewed your permit last year, it is valid until January 1, 2019. To make the process even easier, people with existing permits only need to apply for a new 2014-2018 expiration date sticker for their permit. Those applying for the first time will need to complete the full application and supply all necessary documents.

You may renew your existing permit or apply for a new permit in person or by mail. If renewing in person, make sure to bring the plastic hangtag permit with you.

Hyde County staff will issue permits at the Ocracoke Community Center the first week of May: Sunday, May 3rd – Thursday, May 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You may apply for or renew your permit on the mainland at the Hyde County Emergency Services Department during normal business hours (located at 1223 Main St., Swan Quarter in the Public Safety Building).

The Hyde County EMS 2014-2018 Re-entry Permit Application and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the Hyde County website and will be posted at the Ocracoke Post Office. 

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