NCPass is a weigh station pre-clearance program that is voluntary and provided by the state of North Carolina. The program allows participants the opportunity to bypass fixed weigh stations across the state of North Carolina. International Road Dynamics (IRD) is the administrator of the program on behalf of the state. The program has been fully functional and operating successfully since October 2007.
Any trucking company can apply to enroll in the program and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will authorize trucks to participate based on their credentials and compliance history. Enrollment in NCPass is available to trucking companies for an annual fee varying from $40 to $70 per truck, based on whether the company already has compatible transponders, the number of trucks the company is enrolling and length of time the company elects to be part of the program.
International Road Dynamics handles the enrollment process and fee collection for the NCPass program, through a contract with the State of North Carolina.
Enrollment requires a signed service agreement, payment of annual fees, submission of carrier and vehicle information including photos of the trucks enrolled. North Carolina uses these photos for identification purposes which can save drivers time if they are required to enter a weigh station. There are multiple options for enrollment including lease or purchase of a NCPass transponder and use of a NORPASS or BESTPASS pre-clearance transponder.
Bypass rates range from 35-90% and are determined by a carrier’s past performance at roadside inspections (Safestat scores) and good weight compliance history. Typically a carrier that has a history of good inspections and a “Satisfactory” rating issued by FMCSA will qualify for a favorable bypass rate. These rates are determined by formulas developed by North Carolina State Highway Patrol and are subject to review on a regular basis.