Beach Access and Park Issues
February 1, 2012

ORV permits will cost $120 a year and go on sale Feb. 15

The new off-road vehicle permits for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore will cost $120 a year or $50 a week and will go on sale on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The permits are required by the final rule for ORV use at the seashore, which was released to the public on Jan. 20 and becomes effective Feb. 15.

The Park Service says there will be transition period between Feb.15 and March 15 before the rule is fully implemented and enforced. This will allow time for the seashore to install new ORV route markers and informational signs and for people to obtain the permit.

“Visitor contacts during the transition will focus on informing the visiting public about the ORV permit and other beach driving requirements under the special regulation,” park officials said in a media release.

Permits will be sold at three Park Service offices located at Coquina Beach, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center (Buxton), and the Ocracoke Visitor Center. The offices are temporarily located in trailers at those sites.

The 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.

Those applying for permits will watch a seven-minute educational video on operating an off-road vehicle on the beach and the seashore’s ORV regulations. And they must bring a driver’s license and vehicle registration with them.

To provide more information about the rule and its requirements, the Park Service has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) information sheet and a map showing designated ORV routes, as well as pedestrian areas where ORVs are not authorized. 

The FAQ and map are now available on the Seashore’s website located at: or by clicking on the links at the end of this article.


Click here for the Park Service’s frequently asked questions about ORV use on the seashore.

Click here for a map of ORV routes and vehicle-free areas.

Click here to read the final rule for ORV use at the seashore.

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