Driving and Commuting
Onslow County is intersected by two U.S. highways and several state routes.
Within Onslow County, two major U.S. highways meet in the city of Jacksonville. U.S. Highway 17, the Coastal Highway, runs north to south through the county and across the state lines into South Carolina and Virginia. Highway 258 connects Jacksonville with the Inner Banks communities of Kinston, Snow Hill, Farmville, Tarboro and Murfreesboro. In addition to the U.S. highways, numerous state routes in Onslow County link it to neighboring South Carolina and Virginia.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation offers commuter strategies at www.ncdot.gov/fortifync/driver-resources.
NCDOT provides free real-time traffic information, work zone maps and commuter options. There are also resources and information encouraging the use of commuting alternatives such as transit, vanpooling/carpooling, walking, biking, telecommuting and alternate work schedules.
North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
299 Wilmington Highway
Jacksonville, NC 28540 910-347-3613
The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms and general information at www.ncdot.gov/dmv/downloads.
Military personnel and their spouses who are stationed in North Carolina from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all North Carolina residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license once residency is established.
The state spells out what is required for licensing and insurance under various scenarios in its North Carolina Driver’s Handbook, which can be downloaded at www.ncdot.gov/dmv/help/Pages/handbooks.aspx.
The state of North Carolina does not prohibit drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle, though there are two exceptions: All novice drivers under age 18 and all school bus drivers are banned from using handheld wireless telephones while driving, unless they need to call 911 in an emergency.
Texting while driving is prohibited in the state of North Carolina.
Information associated with vehicle registration is available online at www.ncdot.gov/dmv/title-registration, including DMV forms, requests for driving records and more.
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Visit the North Carolina Department of Transportation online (www.ncdot.gov) for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, ferry reservations and to view live traffic cameras.