Updated Information For Driving Permits on Cape Hatteras Seashore

The final rule has been established to require permits for ORV use on the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.  In this blog we have gathered the latest information on permit costs, location of designated permit offices, and the effective date on this new ruling.

 To obtain an ORV permit, you must complete a 7-minute educational video program, and acknowledge in writing that you understand and agree to abide by the rules governing ORV use at the Seashore, and pay the appropriate permit fee.  You may purchase a 7 day permit for $50, or an annual permit for $120, at either of the 3 permit office locations.  The ORV permit offices are located at Coquina Beach, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center (Buxton), and the Ocracoke Visitor Center.  These offices will be open year-round, seven days a week (except Christmas Day), from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with expanded hours on weekends and holidays during the summer season. You must purchase a permit for each ORV you plan on driving on designated routes.  You must purchase a permit in person at one of their designated permitting sites. 
In order to provide the public with ample time to obtain a permit, there will be a transition period between February 15 and March 15 before the rule is fully implemented and enforced.  During the transition period, the NPS will install new ORV route markers and information signs, and will focus on informing the visiting public about the ORV permit and other beach driving requirements under the special regulation.
For further information please visit http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/off-road-vehicle-use-new.htm


  1. In a time where the economy is bad and people have it hard enough time affording a vacation. They expect someone to pay 50 dollars to drive on the beach this is so sad this is nothing but a way to stop people from doing it altogether. We have already rented a house so we are stuck but this will be the last time we go to hatteras. I would just rather stay in nagshead where there are convenient beach access. I truely feel sorry for the businesses in Hatteras because this will end up hurting them in the long run because people will just stop coming to Hatteras! I know i will.


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