Craven County is served by two U.S. highways and several state routes.
Within the county, two major U.S. highways intersect in the city of New Bern. U.S. Highway 70 heads east from New Bern, past MCAS Cherry Point, to the Port of Morehead City on the Atlantic Coast, west to Interstate 95, and then on to Raleigh, North Carolina. From New Bern, U.S. Highway 17 runs north to Winchester, Virginia, and south through Wilmington, North Carolina, ending in Punta Gorda, Florida.
In addition to the U.S. highways, numerous state routes in Craven County join it to neighboring South Carolina, Tennessee 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
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
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/forms.
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/download/dmv/handbooks_ncdl_english.pdf.
The state of North Carolina does not prohibit drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle. There are a couple of exceptions to this law, including novice drivers under age 18 or school bus drivers.
Texting while driving is prohibited in North Carolina.
Applications associated with vehicle registration are available online at www.ncdot.gov/dmv/vehicle/registration, including DMV forms, requests for driving records and more.
North Carolina Department of Transportation
Visit the North Carolina Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel advisories, ferry reservations and to view live traffic cameras.