ORV Permits

Image of the sunset along the dunes leading out the ORV corridor at the ORV Permit Office in Race Point.

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The ORV permit office will be closed for the season beginning November 16, 2020 and will reopen April 10, 2021. Please check back on this page in March for updated 2021 ORV permit information.

For the health and safety of National Park Service staff and the ORV community during COVID-19, in 2020, Cape Cod National Seashore utilized a remote application and payment method for the issuance of Annual ORV Permits.

You may, and you are encouraged to apply for a permit online if you:
  • Have had a Cape Cod National Seashore Oversand Vehicle Permit in 2017, 2018, or 2019
  • Your permit application is for the same vehicle that was previously registered

You must apply for a permit in person at the Oversand Station if you:
  • Have not had a Cape Cod National Seashore Oversand Permit in 2017,2018, or 2019
  • You have had a permit but are driving a newly acquired vehicle that has not been permitted previously.
The 2021 ORV Permit season will open on April 10, 2021. Please check back on this page in mid-March for updated information.

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How to Get a Permit in Person

Bring 4-wheel drive and/or self-contained vehicle (SCV) to Off-Road Permit Station at Race Point Beach, Provincetown, MA for a vehicle inspection between April 15 and November 15. If not the owner of the vehicle, you must have a letter of authorization and a copy of the owner's drivers license.

  • Have all required safety equipment.
  • Show valid driver's license and registration.
  • View orientation program.
  • Pay permit fee (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Diner's Club.
  • Agree to abide by Cape Cod National Seashore regulations and the "Low and Slow" initiative.


ORV Office Information

The ORV permit office is closed for the season beginning November 16, 2020. The office will reopen April 10, 2021.

ORV Annual - $150
ORV 7-Day - $50
SCV Annual - $225
SCV 7-Day - $75

There will be up to 400 7-Day permits active at any time and 3000 annual permits available.

Call the Off-Road Information Line for station hours, current driving conditions, closures and other information: (508) 487- 2100, ext. 0926. The direct phone number to the Oversand Office is: (508) 487-2100, ext. 0927. This office is staffed daily, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, from April 10 through November 15 (8 AM to 4 PM in fall 2020). Off season: From November 15 - April 10, please call the Race Point Ranger Station at (508) 487-2100, ext. 0928

The Oversand Program issues permits in person, on a first-come, first-served basis at the Oversand Station located adjacent to Race Point Beach in Provincetown. Permit sales begin on April 10, 2019. Four hundred (400) weekly permits may be active for any 7-day period during the season. Since 2006, permits have been available throughout the season.

When considering a 7-day permit, be aware that during shorebird nesting season, as protected populations, such as the piping plover and least tern increase, the area of the ORV corridor may decrease significantly, particularly during the months of June and July. The ORV program cannot predict changes in the corridor area, and these changes may happen without warning and/or advance notice. All 7-day permit sales are final. The ORV program does not issue any refunds.

Credit card is the preferred method of payment for all ORV permits. The ORV program does not accept pre-paid debit cards.


License and Registration Requirements

Registered owners and other operators must have a valid state operator's license; view an educational orientation program each season; and abide by all Seashore and off-road regulations.

4-Wheel/All Wheel Drive Vehicles or Self-Contained recreational vehicles must have: a valid state registration, inspection sticker, insurance, tires meeting standards outlined in this brochure and all required accessory equipment. Rental vehicles are never allowed on the ORV corridor.

Last updated: November 16, 2020

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