• 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 three contract options: 

    Central-let contracts (central letting)
      Prequalification required.
    Purchase order contracts (division letting)
      Prequalification required.
    Small business enterprise (SBE) contracts
      This option does not require prequalification, but does require SBE certification.  Be sure to read the guidelines for SBE certification.

    Subcontractors
    Subcontractors also do work on central-let, purchase order and small business enterprise (SBE) contracts. They are allowed to bid as prime contractors on non-SBE purchase order contracts (POCs). The same options as prime contractors apply:   

    Central-let contracts (central letting)
      Prequalification required.
    Purchase order contracts (division letting)
      Prequalification required.
    Small business enterprise (SBE) contracts
      This option does not require prequalification, but does require SBE certification.  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.

     

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

 Prime Contractor

 
 

 Subcontractor

 
  • 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 
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