Beach Driving in KDH and Nags Head begins Oct. 1

By on September 30, 2021

Night driving reopens at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

(Town of Kill Devil Hills)

Driving on the Beach in Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills is permitted from October 1 Through April 30.

Through a reciprocal agreement between Kill Devil Hills and the Town of Nags Head, a beach driving permit in one town is recognized in the other.  As a result, a holder of a KDH beach driving permit is permitted to drive on Nags Head beaches, and vice versa.

Four-wheel drive, state inspected vehicles with a proper Town permit, are allowed on the beach in both Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills from October 1st through April 30th each year. Vehicles having permits may be operated on the beach only from one-half hour prior to sunrise to one-half hour following sunset daily.

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:
  • Nags Head Town Hall
    5401 S Croatan Highway
    Nags Head NC 27959
    From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m
    Face Coverings Required Indoors at Town of Nags Head Facilities
    For more information on beach driving in Nags Head, please call Nags Head’s Town Hall at 252-441-5508 or visit the Nags Head website.
  • Online: If you have access to a printer, you can purchase online. (Available 10/1/2021)
    Must place printed receipt on driver’s side dash until sticker is received in the mail.
  • Kill Devil Hills Town Hall
    Beach driving permits are available at the second floor Cashier’s Window in KDH Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive (Town Hall hours are M-F, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Town Hall is open by appointment only.  Call 252-449-5338 to schedule an appointment to get your beach driving permit.
    KDH seasonal permits are $25 and KDH temporary permits are $10 (good for 14 days). Temporary permits are only available for purchase at the KDH Town Hall. In addition to payment, the following information will need to be provided: driver’s license, proof of insurance, and the vehicle’s registration certificate (VIN number and license plate number).
    Please note: The new beach driving speed limit is 15 mph. In addition, storms and high tides can cause rough beach conditions and may limit driving room. During high tides, portions of the beach are likely to become impassible. Obey all closure signs and notices. Check the Town’s website and social media pages (FBIG) regularly for any possible closures.
    For additional beach driving information, including maps and safety tips, visit the Town of KDH website or call 252-449-5338.
  • Nags Head tackle shops

You will need your current registration and driver’s license, so be sure to bring that with you when you purchase your permit.


PermitCostLength of TimePlacement on vehicle
Seasonal$25October 1 – April 30Left front bumper
Temporary$10Up to 14 days from issueDriver’s side in windshield


Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Night driving (24 hours a day) will be allowed at many designated off-road vehicle (ORV) ramps beginning September 15. To find out which ramps no longer have night driving restrictions, and which ramps still have opening and closing times due to sea turtle nests, visit To purchase a Cape Hatteras National Seashore ORV permit, go to





See what people are saying:

  • Paula Barlowe

    So only 4 wheel Drives are allowed on the beach ?
    Thanks in Advance~
    Paula Barlowe~

    Monday, Sep 27 @ 12:58 am
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