As a subcontractor, you must be prequalified before you can perform work on a project. General contractors (Prequalified Bidders and POC Primes) who are currently prequalified can also do work for NCDOT as a subcontractor and do not need to go through the subcontractor approval process.
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. However, subcontractors must be prequalified prior to starting work.
Once your firm is approved, its name will show up in the Department's
Directory of Firms as a subcontractor.
Prequalification — Step One
There are two ways to currently apply for initial prequalification:
- To apply for prequalification, 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.
Paper - You can apply for prequalification by sending in a form. Download the form from this link:
Prequalification — Online Option
If you selected the Online application, you will next 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
If you have any prequalification-related questions, please
Prequalification — Online Option - Continued
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.
Renewal and Requalification
Once your company is prequalified, it is not considered prequalified indefinitely. You must renew each year and requalify every third year. The purpose of the annual renewal is to make sure NCDOT has a current Safety Index and address on file.
Next Steps After Prequailifed