NOTICE: No new ORV education certificates will be issued for the 2020 season. All vehicles must be removed from the islands by the end of December (Thursday, December 31, 2020) Be sure to check with the ferry for their operating schedule and last run for the year.
NEW! -- Starting with the 2021 season -- The ORV Driving Permit replaces the ORV Educational Certificate. While there was no charge for the Educational Certificate, there will be a charge for the ORV Driving Permit.
All vehicles will need to have this permit to drive on the islands. The ORV Driving Permit must be purchased online, for a fee of $25, prior to arriving on the islands through the recreation.gov website. Park staff will not be able to issue the permits on the islands. The permits will not be available until February of 2021.
Permits must be carried in the vehicle while it is on the island.
Once you have purchased the permit, a window decal will be issued by the park through the following steps:
- Through the Harkers Island Visitor Center -- picked up in person
- Through the Great Island Cabin Camp office during its normal business office hours of 8:00 am to 3:00 pm daily during the season.
- Through any Law Enforcement Park Ranger on the island after they have stopped you for not having one. Must show proof of purchase of the permit. (the permit itself or the email saying the permit has been purchased.)
Failure to have the decal while driving on the island may result in a citation.
Be aware that the Cape Lookout National Seashore ORV Driving Permit is a seperate permit from the permit purchased for Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
More information regarding price, valid period and other questions about the ORV permit will be made available in late January or early February.