Beach Driving

The 2020-21 Beach Driving Season has concluded.

Permits will be available for the 2021-22 season starting in August. 


Sign up for your beach driving permit here: 



Read Beach Driving Regulations 2020-21 Season.

View View Beach Driving Map

View Important Beach Driving Message

Starting in August 2021, a beach driving permit may be purchased online by visiting or at the Emerald Isle Police Department (7500 Emerald Drive, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday).

Authorized beach access ramps are located at the Ocean Drive “dog-leg” (near mile marker 15 on NC 58), at the end of Black Skimmer Drive (across from Police Department), and at The Point (at the terminus of Inlet Drive at Bogue Inlet).  Driving on primary dunes, as well as other vegetated areas, remains strictly prohibited. 

Beach Driving Period: The period for Beach Driving is scheduled to occur from September 15 to April 30, with the exception of the 10-day period near Easter.  This period includes the Friday prior to Easter, until and including, the Sunday that occurs 7 days after Easter. 

Highly Important Disclaimer:  By purchasing a 2020/2021 beach driving permit, permit holders understand that there will be no refunds or discounts provided due to beach closures of any kind.  Closures may be caused by nourishment activities, beach conditions, and/or other unavoidable events.

For more information, contact the Emerald Isle Police Department at 252-354-2021.

Handicapped persons of any age (whether they are Emerald Isle residents / taxpayers or not) are eligible for one free permit.  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. The four-wheel drive vehicle which is to be permitted must be registered to the handicapped person.