Beach Driving Educational Certificate

Want to enjoy the beauty and independence of driving on the beach at Cape Lookout National Seashore? Follow these simple steps:

Please obtain an ORV Educational Certificate.
All vehicles will need to have this certificate to drive on the islands. The ORV Educational Certificate is free and only takes a few minutes to complete. For a UTV or ATV provide the make and color in place of the license plate number.

Coronavirus protocols for obtaining an ORV Educational Certificate:

South Core Banks/ Great Island Cabin Camp -- Due to higher visitation than anticipated this year, all remaining certificates & decals have been sent to the Great Island Cabin Camp office on South Core Banks to issue to those arriving by vehicle ferry. The cabin office is open from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm. If your vehicle ferry arrives after the office has closed, a park volunteer may be available to issue the certificate & decal. If there is no volunteer, please return to the office the following day to have them issued.
For those visiting North Core Banks (Portsmouth Island), the certificate & decal will be mailed to the address you provide in your email request.
If you have time before your trip, you can have your certificate and decal mailed to you by following the email directions listed below.

North Core Banks (Portsmouth Island) -- No cabin office available this year due to damage inflicted by Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. Certificates and decals are not available to be issued to be issued in person to those arriving by vehicle ferry. In order to obtain your decal, please send an email (calo_sup@nps.gov) to Special Use Permits providing the information requested below. Your certificate and decal will be mailed to the address your provide in your email request.

There are different requirements for vehicles (trucks, jeeps, etc.), ATVs/UTVs that are on a trailer being towed/carried to the island, or for ATVs/UTVs which are being ridden (no trailer) onto the ferry and then onto the island. Be sure you include the information requested for your vehicle situation.

Email should contain: your name and physical mailing address and when you are going to arrive in the park so your decal can be mailed to you AND for each vehicle the following information for each vehicle you are taking to the island. Please remember to allow at least 5 days for for your ORV certificates and decals to arrive by mail.

For vehicles

Vehicle tag and state:

Make, Model, Color of vehicle:

Is this visit for cabin rental, beach camping, or day use?:

Which island are you visiting? _____________________

OR

For ATV/UTVs towed or carried onto the island

Towing (or carrying) vehicle tag and state:

Make, Model, Color of ATV/UTV:

Is this visit for cabin rental, beach camping, or day use?:

Which island are you visiting? ____________________________________

OR

For ATV/UTVs ridden onto the island

Your last name:

Last four digits of your driver's license and state of driver's license:

Make, Model, Color of ATV/UTV:

Is this visit for cabin rental, beach camping, or day use?: _

Which island are you visiting? _____________________________________

Send this information to:
email: calo_sup@nps.gov OR
regular mail:
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Special Use Permits
131 Charles St.
Harkers Island, NC 28531


Once you receive the proof-of-certificate decal place it on the bottom corner of the driver's side windshield (or to the driver's side front bumper/fender if no windshield).

Certificates are good for the calendar year issued.

That's all there is to it. We thank all ORV users for your cooperation and hope that you enjoy your visit to Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Cape Lookout National Seashore
Special Use Permits
131 Charles St.
Harkers Island, NC 28531

Last updated: October 17, 2020

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Mailing Address:

131 Charles St
Harkers Island, NC 28531

Phone:

(252) 728-2250

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