Beach Driving

Beach Driving

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Driving is allowed as a means of transportation only and is restricted to the open oceanside beach seaward of the dunes and on marked trails. Speed limits are posted and enforced. All drivers must obtain the ORV Beach Driving Permit and have the decal on their vehicle before they can drive on the islands.

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Seasonal Beach Driving Information: As of August 1, , beach driving permits for the season are on sale online only. New this year: All applicants must watch a short educational video and take a 10 question quiz. Beach driving is allowed from September 15 to April 30, with the exception of the day period from and including the Friday prior to Easter until and including the Sunday that occurs 7 days after Easter.

Beach driving is allowed from 5 a. Daily driving hours are 5 a. Important Beach Driving Message Placement of Permit Decals: The permit decal must be permanently affixed and displayed on the lower corner of the windshield on the driver’s side of the vehicle to which it is issued.

All decals from previous years must be removed. The Doe Drive ramp is closed to the general public. Closed sections will be posted and roped, and beach drivers must avoid these areas entirely. No driving is allowed on the beach without an official Town of Emerald Isle beach driving permit. A beach driving permit may be purchased at the Town Police Department at Emerald Drive physical address during normal business hours.

Call if you have any questions. Mailed applications should be sent to: Town of Emerald Isle, Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle, NC and must include a copy of your vehicle registration and drivers license for processing. In person applications please apply at the Police Deparrtment, Emerald Drive and you must have your vehicle registration and drivers license with you for processing. Please note: The Police Department will not hold permits for anyone unless special arrangements have been made through Town Hall during normal business hours.

The Police Department hours are Sunday through Thursday 8 a. If payment is due at the time of permit pick-up, you may pay with cash, check, or credit card. If paying by cash, you will need the exact fee amount, as the Police Department does not carry change for cash payments. Handicapped persons in addition to providing copies of vehicle registration and drivers license must also provide a copy of their handicap placard and DMV registration card for their placard.

The four-wheel drive vehicle which is to be permitted must be registered to the handicapped person.

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