Four-wheel drive, state inspected vehicles with a proper Town permit (which costs $25), are allowed on the beach in both Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills from October 1st through April 30th each year. Driving times are thirty minutes prior to sunrise through thirty minutes after sunset daily.
For more information on beach driving in Nags Head, please call Nags Head’s Town Hall at 252-441-5508. For more information on beach driving in Kill Devil Hills, please call their police department at 252-449-5537.
Please drive extra cautiously and expect more people to be on the beach now than have been in years past.
Permits are available at the following locations:
You will need your current registration and driver's license, so be sure to bring that with you when you purchase your permit.
Upon purchasing a permit, be sure to pick up (or download from this page) a map denoting areas open to beach driving and beach driving rules and regulations for both towns.
Always drive on the oceanside of the sand fence!
The Town of Nags Head shares a border with Cape Hatteras National Seashore on our south end.
The Town does not provide permits for driving on the beach anywhere on Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Please visit the Seashore's ORV Permit web site for more information on driving on their beaches.