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. 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 by mail, the applications are processed quarterly. If renewing your permit in person, make sure to bring the plastic hangtag permit with you. No applications are accepted during an active storm.
Hyde County staff will issue permits at the Ocracoke Community Center For New Residents on Tuesday May 16, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m and Wednesday May 17, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 4 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 below. To complete the process by mail, include a self-addressed and stamped envelope with all necessary documents.