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The Dare County Detention Center is a medium-level security facility that holds individuals awaiting trial or those serving a sentence of no more than 24 months. The facility can accommodate up to 133 inmates. It is located at 1044 Driftwood Drive in Manteo, North Carolina.

How to Send Mail or Package

Inmates housed in the Dare County Detention Center may receive general mail. All incoming mail will be opened and inspected for contraband before getting delivered to the inmate. General mail should include the sender’s complete name and return address. Books, magazines, and newspapers may be mailed to an inmate. However, they should be direct from the publisher. Any money sent in the mail will be deposited in the inmate’s account. The staff at the facility will not accept money orders in the mail. All mail must be addressed in the following manner:

Inmate’s Name
c/o Dare County Detention Center
P.O. Box 2179
Manteo, NC 27954

To deposit funds into an inmate’s account, family and friends may visit the McDaniel Supply Company website ( which accepts debit and credit cards. If you have any questions, you may contact the company at 912.427.9022. You may also deposit money using the kiosk located in the lobby of the detention center.

Visitation Hours

Inmates housed in the Dare County Detention Center are allowed visitation. All visitors must be on the inmate’s visitation list in order to visit. The list can only contain a maximum of 5 people. Up to 4 individuals including children may visit at a time. Each inmate is allowed 30 minutes of visitation on their scheduled day. Those in lockdown are limited to 15 minutes of visitation on their scheduled day. The schedule for visitation is as follows:

Every Saturday 2pm to 4pm
Every Wednesday 7pm to 9pm

The Dare County Sheriff’s Office does not post its jail roster online. If you are looking for an inmate housed in its detention center, you can get in touch with Captain Shaun Barrera at 252.475.9220 or via email at [email protected].

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Dare County Sheriff Information

The Dare County Sheriff’s Office is a full service law enforcement agency that serves the communities in the county including the Outer Banks and Roanoke Island. The head of the DCSO is Sheriff Doug Doughtie. You can get in touch with him directly by calling 252.475.5980 or via email at [email protected]. The Sheriff’s Office consists of several divisions including Civil, Narcotics, Patrol, School Resource, Communications, and Traffic Enforcement. The Sheriff’s Office has sattelite stations in Buxton and Kill Devil Hills.

Dare County Sheriff’s Office Address:
962 Marshall C. Collins Drive Room 105
Manteo, NC 27954

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Dare County is the easternmost county in North Carolina. The county seat is Manteo while the largest town in the area is Kill Devil Hills. Based on the 2021 census, it has an estimated population of 37,826. The total area of the county is 1,563 square miles which makes it the largest county in the state.

2018 Annual Average Violent Crimes: 90
Data Source: North Carolina County Health Rankings

Dare County Public Records Information

Copies of public records in Dare County can be requested through the the Dare County Public Information Officer, Dorothy Hester. You can submit a written request using the form provided online, via email at [email protected], or over the phone by calling 252.475.5903. For court-related records such as estates, wills, traffic violations, and divorce records, you can get in touch with the Clerk of Court’s office at 252.475.5200.

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