Cape Hatteras National Seashore Orv Permit

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the nation's first National Seashore is a dynamic barrier island ecosystem preserving unique plants and wildlife. The Seashore stretches approximately 67 miles along the Outer Banks of North Carolina and includes the islands of Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke. It is famous for its soft sandy beaches, renowned fishing opportunities, excellent surfing, coastal lighthouses and dynamic coastal processes.

It is important that all permitted drivers print proof of permit purchase and display proof on their dashboard or windshield. 

We understand that not all permittees have the ability to print their permits. An alternate printing solution has been developed. A self-certification card is available outside the Bodie Island, Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island Visitor Centers along with our four campgrounds and various local businesses. An ORV permittee that cannot print their permit at www.recreation.gov can simply pick up a self-certification card, fill in the information from their permit, sign the card, and display it in their vehicle. 

The Seashore is requiring that all permitted ORVs display proof of permit on their windshields or dashboards.

Notifications and Alerts

Permit & Season Information

The National Park Service off-road vehicle (ORV) management plan permits the use of vehicles on designated ORV routes (ocean and sound side routes) to help protect the park's treasured resources. These ORV routes are generally marked with posts seaward of the toe of the dune or vegetation line to the high tide line. ORV routes through vegetated areas are posted on both sides of the route. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended due to the soft and sandy conditions, two-wheel drive vehicles are allowed. If a vehicle gets stuck, commercial towing companies are available. National Park Service staff are not allowed to pull or tow stuck vehicles.

Two types of ORV permits are available: a 10-day permit and an annual permit valid for one year from date of purchase.

Need to Know

Rules and Regulations

It is important that all permitted drivers print proof of permit purchase or complete a self -certify card and display yhe proof on their dashboard or windshield. We understand that not all permittees have the ability to print their permits. 

An alternate printing solution has been developed. Self-certification cards are available outside each of our vistor centers (Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands), our campgrounds and various local businesses. An ORV permittee that cannot print their permit at www.recreation.gov can simply pick up a self-certification card, fill in the information from their permit, sign the card, and display it in their vehicle. 

Fee Policy

Recreation Fee:     

Annual Permits: $120.00

10 Day Permits: $50.00

Cancellation Policy

There are no changes or refunds allowed.

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