Prequalification of Prime Contractors (Bidders) is required in order to place bids on projects that exceed $5 million (Central Office letting).
Why is prequalification necessary?
Prequalification is necessary to ensure that you have sufficient ability and experience to do the work specified in NCDOT contracts. Only bids from prequalified bidders can be accepted when a contract is advertised.
Note: The Department no longer accepts paper prequalification applications for Prime Contractors (Bidders) for Central Let Projects. All firms wishing to submit an application (1st, renewal or requalification) must submit their application through the Online Prequalification System. If you have any questions regarding prequalification as a Bidder or about the Vendor Prequalification System, please contact Mr. Mickey Biedell PE at
Prequalification – Step One
To apply for prequalification and to update your annual documents, you will need to obtain an North Carolina Identity Management (NCID) user ID. If you do not have and NCID account, go to the NCID Web site and select the Business Account option for new user account type.
Prequalification – Step Two
Next, you’ll need to have your NCID User ID approved.
To do so, please list the following information on your company’s letterhead:
NCID User ID
Contact phone number
Tax ID for the company or business you wish to access
Name, title and signature of an officer of the firm.
Send that information to:
NCDOT Contractual Services Unit
Attn: Kelsie Ballance
1509 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1509
You can also fax your request to
Prequalification – Step Three
Click on “Look Up” to search for your firm. When you find it, click on it and then select what type of application you wish to complete. Click “Next” and complete the information on your screen.
Once your firm is approved, its name will show up in the department's Directory of Firms as a "Prequalified Bidder." Firms that are prequalified as subcontractors and purchase order primes let by the division offices and central units will currently show up as “subcontractors” on the directory. If you have any prequalification-related questions, please Contact Us.
Renewal and Requalification
Once your company is prequalified, it is not considered prequalified indefinitely. You must renew annually and requalify every three years. The purpose of the annual renewal is to make sure NCDOT has a current Safety Index and a Non-Collusion Affidavit and Debarment Certification on file.