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Absentee/Early Voting

Adult Health

The Department of Health & Human Services' Adult Health program provides screening and preventive services which includes physicals, immunizations and limited laboratory testing.  

Adult Placement

The Department of Health & Human Services' Adult Placement service provides assistance to individuals and their families in seeking alternative living arrangements.

Adult Protective Services

The Department of Health & Human Services' Adult Protective services works to protect disabled adults from abuse, neglect or exploitation. 

Animal Adoption

Consider adopting a homeless pet! A FURever friend for you and your family is waiting for you at the Dare County Animal Shelter.

Animal Control/Shelter

Staff of Dare County Animal Control and the Dare County Animal Shelter are concerned with the welfare of all animals, domestic, feral or wild. They are responsibile for investigating animal cruelty, animal nuisance complaints, and animal bites. They also provide rabies control measures and advocate humane education. 


The Department of Health & Human Services Baby LINKS program provides skilled nursing assessments for postpartum mothers and newborns and ‘Links’ new mothers in Dare County to available support services while providing all new parents with parenting education and information.

Birth Certificates

Contact the Register of Deeds office if you are seeking a certified copy of a birth certificate for a birth occurring in Dare County. 

Boat Ramps

There are several free public boat ramps and docks located within Dare County.

Body Composition Measurements

Using methods such as percent body fat, Body Mass Index, and circumference measurements are good alternatives to just using the scale as a measure of your body composition. The Dare County Center offers free body composition measurements so you can track and quantify the success of your exercise achievements in a different way.

Breast & Cervical Cancer Control

Through the North Carolina Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP) we are able to provide free or low cost breast and cervical cancer screening and follow-up services to qualified women between the ages of 21-64, with an emphasis on women over 50.

Building Inspections

Building Permits

Building permits must be obtained from the appropriate inspection office for the geographical location of the construction project. 

Burn Permits

A burn permit from the Fire Marshal's Office is required before starting any fire in unincorporated areas of Dare County.

Business License

For business licensing information for all required licensing in the state of North Carolina call 1.800.228.8443 or visit the State of North Carolina website.

CAMA Permits

CAMA is a program of permit review and coordination within areas of environmental concern. As a rule of thumb, any development along the oceanfront or estuarine shoreline is impacted by CAMA regulations. 

Candidate Filing

Care Coordination for Children

Our CC4C program works to improve your child’s care by linking you to services that will meet the specific needs of your child and family. Care Coordination for Children (CC4C) is offered at no charge for children birth to five years of age.

Care Management Services

The Department of Health & Human Services nurse case manager collaborates with primary care providers to respond to referrals from hospitals, other healthcare entities, and self-referrals.

Child Care Inspections

Child Day Care Services

North Carolina's Division of Child Development uses a combination of state and federal funds to provide subsidized child care services to eligible families through a locally administered state-supervised voucher system. The amount of funding allocated to each county is determined by legislation.

Child Health

The Department of Health & Human Services Child Health program provides preventative health services, physical and developmental assessments to identify and minimize potential health risks for infants and children.

Child Protective Services

Reports of abuse and neglect of children under the age of 18 are assessed with the goal of protecting children from physical and sexual abuse and neglect.

Children's Dental Van - Miles of Smiles

The Miles of Smiles Dental Van service offers easier access to dental care for children of Dare County. The mobile van meets patients where they are—at school. The Miles of Smiles van works with your child to create a stress free environment while promoting good oral health.

Children's Environmental Health

The Department of Health & Human Services Children's Environmental Health Program supports several programs for the protection of children's health. Our Environmental Health Specialists inspects the establishments such as school cafeterias and buildings, daycares, residential care and foster family homes.

Commercial Trash Collection

The Department of Public Works provides residential and commercial solid waste collection for all areas of Dare County with the exception of the incorporated towns of Manteo, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Duck and Southern Shores. 

Community Alternatives Program

The Department of Health & Human Services' Community Alternative Program offers an alternative to placement for Medicaid recipients who need the level of care offered in nursing homes but who prefer to remain at home.

Community of Juvenile Services

The Community of Juvenile Services program serves adjudicated and pre-adjudicated at-risk youth by holding them accountable for their actions while providing counseling services and interpersonal skills training that address the risk factors contributing to delinquent behavior in our youth. 

Computer Use

Computers are available for public use at a variety of locations across Dare County. 

Copy Machine

Available at all three Dare County Library locations. Copies cost 10¢ per copy and up depending on paper size.

Dare Home Health

Dare Home Health provides nursing care, therapies and other health care services in the home. 

Dare Hospice

Dare Hospice is specialized care designed to provide support to you and your loved ones during a terminal illness.

Death Certificates

Diabetes Education Program

Dog License

Section 91.025 of the County of Dare Code of Ordinances requires all dog owners to obtain a County dog license for the current calendar year, and keep it securely attached with the current rabies tag to the dog collar or harness.

Dog Park

The Kitty Hawk Dog Park is open to all registered residents and visitors of Dare County.

Drivers License

Visit NCDOT's website for information on NC Drivers License.

Duck Blind License

A Duck Blind License may be issued by the Dare County Game and Wildlife Commission to applicants who meet the requirements. 

Education Channel Streaming Video

Stream the Dare County Education Channel on any internet-enabled device and stay up to date with what's going on in Dare County Schools.

Election Results

Electrical Permit

Any plumbing, electrical or mechanical work requires a building permit regardless of the cost of the job.

Emergency Services

Emergency assistance programs provide eligible families experiencing a financial crisis with assistance in paying utilities, rent/mortgage, obtaining transportation to medical appointments, and providing food vouchers.


North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services uses an online benefit estimator tool ePass that can help determine whether you might be eligible for benefits. Actual eligibility determination must be done at the Department of Social Services.


The Clerk of Court Estates Division assists in handling probate matters, including settlement and administration of a decedent’s estate, incompetent’s estates, probate of wills, administration of small estates, spouse’s year’s allowance, inventories/accountings, and other estate matters. 

Family In-Home Services

In-Home Services are legally mandated and provided to families who have had a substantiation of abuse, neglect or dependency or a finding of in need of services due to safety issues.

Family Support Services

Our Family Support Services program is a voluntary program available to families residing in Dare County with at least one child under 18 years of age in the home. This intensive program focuses on increasing the family stability, strengthening family relationships, identifying support systems and consistently meeting the needs of the family.

Fax Machine

The public can receive or send faxes from each Dare County Library location. There is a small fee.

Fire Inspections

Fishing License

The Social Services Division can issue a fishing license for North Carolina residents who are currently receiving full Medicaid, Food and Nutrition Services, or Work First Family Assistance. 

Fitness Opportunities

Fitness Classes are available for residents and property owners of all ages at the following locations. Classes for ages 55+ are usually free of charge. Pricing for other ages depends on the facility and the class.  Each facility listed below also has a fitness room available for use with various equipment. To learn more about fitness opportunities available at each location, click the corresponding link below.

Flood Information

Food & Lodging Inspections

The purpose of the Food, Lodging institutions program is to educate and protect the public's health and well being. Health Inspectors visit food and lodging establishments to enforce state and local government regulations. It is the responsibility of this unit to inform establishments about state regulations and encourage set standards in the interest of public health.

Food & Nutrition Services

Food & Nutrition Services helps low-income families or individuals buy food. Families must meet income, resource, citizenship, and work rules. Eligible households receive monthly benefits on a debit card allowing them to purchase approved food items.

Food and Lodging Inspections Program

Foster Care

The Department of Health & Human Services Foster Care program is a child welfare service which provides substitute care for children when their own family or legal custodian cannot care for them.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Government Channel Streaming Video

The Government Channel is available to stream free on your internet-enabled device. 

Health & Human Services

In addition to in-home aide services, dare home health and dare hospice, and adult protective services, the Department of Health & Human Services provides additional services for older adults.

Health Check

The Department of Health and Human Services' Health Check services improve access to care by assisting families with children through age 19 in obtaining health insurance coverage, periodic well child checkups, specialized medical services, dental care, age appropriate immunizations and transportation.



The Department of Health and Human Services' Immunization Program promotes public health through the elimination of vaccine-preventable diseases such as polio, hepatitis B, measles, chicken pox, whooping cough, tetanus, rubella (German measles), and mumps.

Independent Living

A child may remain in foster care until the age of eighteen, if adoption or other permanent plan is not seen as an option. Teens in foster care receive LINKS services to assist them in preparing for their future.

In-Home Aide Services

Staff is licensed to provide in-home aide services in Dare County. Assistance provided includes help with bathing, dressing, walking, meal preparation, essential errands, housekeeping and home management.

Internet Access

Free internet access is available at all three Dare County Library locations, the Thomas A. Baum Senior Center in Kill Devil Hills, the Dare County Center in Manteo and the Dare County Youth Center in Kill Devil Hills.  

Juvenile Crime Prevention Council

The Juvenile Crime Prevention Council is charged with the responsibility of reviewing the risks and needs of juvenile in the county who are adjudicated or at-risk of delinquency and to identify local resources to address gaps in the service continuum. 

Land Records - Mapping

Land Use Plan

Large Item Pickup

Lifestories for Kids

LifeStories for Kids is an award-winning, evidence-based multimedia classroom-based character education program that combines evidence-based practices for developing prosocial skills with the ancient art of storytelling. The curriculum promotes healthy behavioral, social, and emotional stability in youth and is currently being piloted in three schools through a partnership with Dare County Schools.

Marriage License

All of North Carolina's 100 Register of Deeds offices may issue marriage licenses to be used anywhere in the state. The license can be used immediately upon issuance and is good for 60 days. The original license must be returned to the county where it was issued.

Maternal Health Services

Our Maternal Health program targets uninsured and underinsured pregnant women to prevent maternal and infant morbidity and mortality through early and consistent access to prenatal and postpartum care. Early prenatal care helps to ensure healthy outcomes for women and babies.

Mechanical Permit

Any plumbing, electrical or mechanical work requires a building permit regardless of the cost of the job.


Our Medicaid programs help with medical bills such as doctor fees, prescription drugs, hospital charges, and nursing home care for eligible individuals and families.

Mobile Home Permit

Mosquito Control

North Carolina Health Choice

NC Health Choice provides insurance for children who are not eligible for Medicaid and are not covered by any other health insurance. This insurance covers a wide range of medical care including doctor's care, hospitalization, prescription medicine, and dental and eye care.

Nutrition Services and Home Delivered Meals

In partnership with the Albemarle Commission, Dare County is able to offer older adults who are at least 60 years of age with a nutritionally balanced meal five days per week served in a congregate group setting, or delivered to the home.

Old Swimming Hole

The Old Swimming Hole has sheltered picnic tables and provides direct access for swimmers to the Croatan Sound. A lifeguard is on duty in the summer. 

On-site Water Protection

The Department of Health & Human Services, Environmental Health Division's On-site Water Protection Program is responsible for activities associated with subsurface sewage collection, treatment and disposal and for activities associated with private drinking water wells.

Outer Banks Senior Games

The Outer Banks Senior Games is open to those 50 years of age and older who have lived in Dare or Currituck County for at least three consecutive months of the year.

Parks and Recreation

Dare County Parks and Recreation offers a variety of affordable programs and activities for individuals and families. Enjoy the outdoors at a local park, participate in one of the adult or youth leagues or enjoy a specialized class.

Peer Power

Peer Power is a peer health education program where high school students are trained as health educators to positively influence elementary and middle school student’s health behaviors related to: nutrition, physical activity, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug usage.

Physicals & Health Assessments

Health assessments are conducted to make sure that your child is healthy, ready to learn, and is up-to-date on his/her vaccinations. Sports physical are conducted to identify medical or musculoskeletal conditions that might make participation in a particular sport unsafe, to screen for any previously undetected health problem, and to assure that any previous injuries have been adequately rehabilitated so that the athlete is not at risk for further injury.

Plumbing Permit

Any plumbing, electrical or mechanical work requires a building permit regardless of the cost of the job.

Poll Workers

Pregnancy Care Management (PCM)

The Department of Health and Human Services' PCM program is a support program that focuses on helping pregnant women access health care services and resources. The program is available to Medicaid eligible women who are pregnant or have delivered in the last 60 days with identified risks to the health of mother or baby, and is provided at no cost. Our specially trained registered nurse provides education, referrals, and support for women who need information, help with pregnancy care and resources to support their health. 

Property Appraisal

Reading Resources & Programs

The Dare County libraries offer a wide selection of children’s books for every interest and reading ability. Every summer the children can participate in the free Summer Reading Program. 

Real Estate Records


The Department of Public Works operates numerous drop off collection centers through out the County and offers commercial pick up of materials for businesses. 

Rodanthe Beach Access

The Rodanthe Beach Access operates sunrise to sunset. The access features 97 parking spaces, a bathhouse, outdoor showers, picnic tables, a gazebo and an ADA compliant boardwalk to the gazebo on the dune line. 

School Health Nursing

The Department of Health & Human Services provides health services to Dare County Public School students by stationing public health nurses in each school. We are proud to provide services that includes screening, evaluation, treatment, health education and case management for students with chronic diseases and/or other special health care needs.  

School Inspections

Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program

The Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) was created by the North Carolina Department of Insurance to help senior citizens obtain free and unbiased counseling on Medicare health care products. 

Soil Testing (Soil & Water Conservation District)

Special Assistance

The Department of Health & Human Services' Special Assistance program provides assistance to persons living in adult care homes (rest homes) or living at home who are in financial need and who are age 65 or older or who are between the ages of 18 and 65 and are disabled or blind. Individuals seeking assistance in this program area must be within the income and resource limits to qualify and meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.

Special Assistance In-Home

The Department of Health & Human Services' Special Assistance In-home program allows some individuals who could receive care in a licensed facility to remain safely in their private living arrangement with sufficient income, adequate housing, necessary health and social services, reliable supports and case management.

Subdivision Ordinance

Tax Assistance

Assistance with filing taxes, through AARP, is also available by appointment during the tax preparation season at both the Baum and Dare County Centers. 

Teen Court

Dare County Teen Court is an alternative system of justice helping to change the lives of juvenile first-time offenders in Dare County. Student volunteers, under adult supervision, take on responsible leadership roles in teen court, serving as jurors, clerk of court, bailiff, defense attorneys and prosecuting attorneys.

Thomas A. Baum Senior Center

The mission of the Thomas A Baum Senior Center is to serve Dare County residents and visitors who are 55 and older. A variety of programs and activities promote an active and healthy lifestyle providing opportunities for recreation, socialization, nutrition, and health support services. 


The Dare County Transportation System provides a daily Rural General Public demand response service that is a curb to curb, ride by appointment transportation service. This service is available to all Dare County residents and visitors for any purpose.

Trash Collection

Veterans Services

In appreciation, the Dare County Board of Commissioners provides a local Veterans Service Office to help veterans and their dependents gain information and assistance in accessing all available benefits.

Voter Information

Voter Registration

Water Department

Water Testing (well water customers)

Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

Women, Infants & Children (WIC) is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods for you and your family. WIC is available for: women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or recently had a baby; infants from birth to one year of age; and children from one year of age to their fifth birthday.

Women’s Health & Family Planning

Our Family Planning Services Include routine annual visits for women’s health, STD screenings and treatment; breast and cervical cancer screenings, contraceptive & birth control options, and pregnancy testing.

Work First Benefits

The Work First Program offers support for adults towards obtaining and maintaining employment, to move families from dependence on public assistance to economic self-sufficiency.

Youth Work Permits

The state has implemented a new system whereby youths can obtain a Youth Employment Certificate (Work Permit) via the internet.

Zoning Board of Adjustment

Zoning Ordinance