During a State of Emergency that requires a mandatory evacuation to ensure public safety, the Dare County Control Group will determine when it is safe to return. A staged reentry process is used to facilitate a safe and orderly return allowing the recovery process to begin. No one will be denied entry with proper identification. Reentry permits from previous years will not be accepted.

REENTRY STAGES

Priority One: Essential Personnel 
Essential personnel include essential utilities personnel, government personnel, medical personnel, and damage assessment personnel. Essential personnel will be allowed entry with a reentry permit and matching government issued identification.

Priority Two: Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses
Permanent Residents will be allowed reentry with a valid NC driver’s license/identification card with a local address or a current Dare County property tax bill or parcel data sheet. To expedite movement through traffic control points can also display a reentry permit. 

Non-resident essential personnel of critical businesses such as grocery stores, food distributor, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, property management, building supply and hotels will be permitted reentry with a reentry permit and matching current government issued identification.

Priority Three: Non-Resident Property Owners and Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical Businesses

Non-resident property owners will also be allowed reentry with a current tax bill or parcel data sheet with matching current government issued id or a reentry permit with matching government issued identification.

Non-resident employees of non-critical businesses will be allowed entry with a reentry permit. 

Priority Four: General Public and Visitors 
No reentry permit is needed for Priority Four. 

APPLY FOR A REENTRY PERMIT

Priority 1 - Essential Personnel

Priority 1 reentry occurs when conditions are deemed safe to allow the initial recovery process to begin.  During Priority 1 reentry disaster responders and government officials are in the early stages of damage assessment and the restoration of critical services.  During this stage, essential personnel includes first responders, essential government, utility, medical, damage assessment, and disaster relief personnel that need access to complete official duties as a disaster responder or government official.  

To apply for this permit, you will need your driver's license, your contact information and information on your disaster response agency or government jurisdiction.  

If you are a first responder, essential government, utility, medical, damage assessment, or disaster relief personnel, click here.

 

Priority 2 - Permanent Residents & Essential Personnel for Critical Businesses

Priority 2 reentry occurs when areas are deemed safe, allowing the recovery process to begin.  While an area may be deemed safe, there is potential that normal services have not yet been fully restored.  Those returning may need to be self-sustaining. Utility and communication services may still be disrupted and/or unavailable.  Law enforcement, fire, rescue, emergency medical, and other government service delivery may be delayed. There may be curfews, prohibitions and other protective measures still in place to ensure public safety.  

Permanent Residents will be allowed reentry with a valid North Carolina driver’s license/identification card with a local address or a current Dare County property tax bill or parcel data sheet. To expedite movement through traffic control points, Residents can apply online for a Priority 2 Reentry permit to place on their dashboard.  To apply for this permit, you will need your North Carolina driver’s license or identification card. Permits can be acquired at any time and are valid for the calendar year.

Non-resident essential employees of critical Dare County businesses such as food distribution/supply, pharmacies, banking institutions, fuel distribution/stations, property and hotel management, building supply, NC Licensed/credentialed building contractors and insurance adjusters/agents will be permitted reentry to begin the recovery process only with a permit and proper identification.  Business owners and/or Managers can obtain permits for their essential employees online. Permits can be acquired at any time and are valid for the calendar year. Applicants will need to have their Dare County Business Personal Parcel Number to complete the application. Your Business Personal Parcel Number can be found on the upper right corner of your annual “Business Personal - Tax Listing Form.”  If you do not know your Business Personal Parcel Number or are unable to find it, contact the Business Personal Property Division of the Tax Department.

Priority 3 - Nonresident Property Owners & Nonresident Employees of Noncritical Businesses

Priority 3 reentry occurs when areas are deemed safe and normal services have been restored and able to support the return of Non-Resident Property Owners and Non-Resident Employees of Non-Critical Businesses so that they can begin the recovery process.  There may be curfews, prohibitions, and other protective measures still in place to ensure public safety.

Non-Resident Property Owners will be allowed entry with proper documentation. Owners can obtain reentry permits online at any time.  Permits are valid for the calendar year issued. To obtain a permit the non-resident property owners listed on the property tax records will need their Parcel Number and Driver’s License information. Non-resident property owners will also be allowed reentry with a current tax bill or parcel data sheet along with matching current government-issued identification.

Non-resident employees of Dare County businesses will be allowed reentry to begin the recovery process only with a permit.  Business owners and/or Managers can obtain permits for their employees online. Permits can be acquired at any time and are valid for the calendar year. Applicants will need to have their Dare County Business Personal Parcel Number and employee drivers license information to complete the application. Your Business Personal Parcel Number can be found on the upper right corner of your annual “Business Personal - Tax Listing Form.”  If you do not know your Business Personal Parcel Number or are unable to find it, contact the Business Personal Property Division of the Tax Department.

Priority 4 - General Public & Visitors

Priority 4 occurs when conditions and public safety service delivery have returned to normal.  While a State of Emergency may still be in place, traffic control points and reentry documentation are no longer needed.