• Getting Started

    With some exceptions, all businesses must be prequalified to provide services to NCDOT. The types of firms that regularly do business with NCDOT are prime contractors and subcontractors, which perform construction and/or maintenance for transportation facilities, including highways, airports, ferries, etc. Private consulting firms offer professional services, such as engineering design, research, studies, etc. for these same facilities. Each provider is detailed below.
    Prime Contractors
    Prime contractors serve as the general contractor for a given project. Prime contractors may pursue two contract options: 

    Central-let contracts (central letting)
      Prequalification required.
    Purchase order contracts (division letting)
      Prequalification required.

    Note: Small Business Enterprise contracts do not require prequalification, but does require SBE certification to bid. 
    Be sure to read the guidelines for SBE certification.

    Subcontractors may perform work under the prime contractor on central-let, purchase order and small business enterprise (SBE) contracts.  

    Central-let contracts (central letting)
      Prequalification required.
    Purchase order contracts (division letting)
      Prequalification required.
    Small business enterprise (SBE) contracts
      The firm can either be a prequalified subcontractor or a certified SBE.  Be sure to read the guidelines for SBE certification.

    Private Consulting Firms
    Private consulting firms are those companies that work in NCDOT contracts concerning design, planning, environmental, traffic or right-of-way services. Most of the work of private consulting firms is performed during the pre-construction phase of a project. Prequalification is required before submitting a Letter of Interest for all contracts, unless otherwise specified.


    For prequalification details for each provider, click on the appropriate link below:

 Prime Contractor


  • Get Prequalified Subcontractor

    As a subcontractor, you must be prequalified prior to performimg work on a project. Prime contractors who are already prequalified may forego  this process to provide services as a subcontractor.

    Prequalification process for subcontractors

 Private Consulting Firm

  • Get Prequalified Private Consulting Firm

    Your private consulting firm must prequalify before submitting a Letter of Interest. In some cases, the advertisement may allow you to submit the Letter of Interest at the same time as the prequalificaiton application.

    Prequalification for private consulting firms 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ ​Delegated Administration Portal

​This portal facilitates access to contract-specific project documentation as contracts are awarded, planned, executed, managed, and closed out. 

To register your organization or to learn more about Delegated Administration, please visit Delegated User Administration.

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