Assateague Island National Seashore Osv Permits

Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Island National Seashore is a 37-mile (60 km) long barrier island on the Atlantic Coast of Maryland and Virginia. Famed for its wild horses, this barrier island is a constantly shifting ribbon of sand, altered daily by powerful wind and waves. Assateague Island, dedicated as a National Seashore on September 1, 1965, lays claim to a long and rich history. Today's visitors can explore sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests, and coastal bays. Only a couple of miles wide at its broadest point, the island's terrain offers shelter to the famed wild horses as well as sika deer, ghost crabs, and migrating birds such as the great blue heron and snowy egret. Favorite recreational activities include fishing, surfing, beachcombing, swimming, and sunbathing.

The Over-Sand Vehicle (OSV) zone at Assateague Island contains miles of unspoiled beaches managed by the National Park Service to accommodate OSV enthusiasts and other beach goers.

Vehicles using the OSV zone must display a permanently affixed OSV permit sticker valid for the area and time of use. The OSV permit document must be in the vehicle.

Notifications and Alerts

Permit & Season Information

Permit is valid as of the date of purchase and pickup must be made within 10 days of purchase.

An OSV Permit allows 24-hr access to the Maryland OSV zone. Permittee must be actively fishing from midnight to 5 am. Allows access during Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge hours to the Virginia OSV zone

A Bullpen Permit allows overnight camping (Maryland only) for self-contained/hard-sided vehicles with approved toilet and permanently installed waste-water storage tanks capable of holding two (2) days' volume of waste

Both types of permits are good for a full year from the month of purchase  

The OSV zone remains open year-round, although sections may close due to weather, over-wash, or resource management  

By completing the permit application, the permittee accepts the responsibility to know and follow all OSV regulations. Safety equipment is required (see Need to Know). Failure to comply with the terms of the permit may result in revocation of a valid OSV permit and/or federal prosecution

Need to Know

Park personnel may inspect vehicles to ensure compliance with the OSV permit.

For more information visit the park's website or Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) Use page or call the Assateague Island Ranger Station in MD - (410) 641-3030 OR Toms Cove Visitor Center at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in VA - (757) -336-6577.

Fee Policy

Permit Fee 

OSV Annual Permit : $110.00

Bullpen Annual Permit: $200.00 

Pemits are valid as of the date of purchase and must be picked up within 10 days.  

Recreation Fee

An entrance pass is required to enter Assateague Island National Seashore (MD) and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (VA). Entrance passes are available at the entrance gate.

Cancellation Policy

No modifications to permit details are allowed after online purchase. Cancellation may be made prior to pick-up by contacting the Ranger Station at (410) 641-3030. There will be a $6 processing fee - no exceptions. 

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