UPDATE: 2021 Beach Parking Passes

by Think Currituck, on 3/18/21 1:06 PM

Corolla beach parking pass

It's that time of year again, here in Currituck County.

Spring's official arrival means that peak beach weather is on the way. The beaches of the Currituck Outer Banks are open to everyone, but if you want to bring your car to catch some rays, you're going to need a permit to park.

All beach goers who wish to park on Currituck County’s 4-wheel drive beach during the summer are required to have a county-issued beach parking permit displayed on their motor vehicle.

The permit system will be effective from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Remember that the permit system does not apply to: county vehicles, emergency vehicles, any government agency conducting beach restoration, scientific research, animal protection, commercial fishermen, outdoor tour operators (when actively engaging in a tour) or hunters who are using state or federal land located within the Currituck Outer Banks.

Availability of 2021 Permits

Currituck County residents and property owners will be able to pick up their 2021 beach parking passes at the Moyock Welcome Center and the Corolla Visitor Center beginning Monday, March 22.
County residents and property owners may receive 2 free parking permits for each property they own by providing proof of residency/ownership within Currituck County.
Persons owning on the off road area north of the North Beach Access Ramp whose property contains a house may obtain 2 additional permits at no fee.
Long-term renters need to provide proof of residency (driver’s license with Currituck address, rental lease, utility bill, etc.).
Both the Moyock Welcome Center (252-435-2947) and the Corolla Visitor Center (252-453-9612) will be open from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, 7 days a week, beginning March 22. Residents and visitors must wear a mask to enter the facilities.
Permits will NOT be mailed, but you can pay online in advance.
Currituck County Corolla Beach Parking Pass
Types of Parking Permits

Seasonal – This permit is assigned to a specific vehicle and is good for the entire vacation season.   Seasonal permits are available to purchase for $150.

10-Day – This permit is available for purchase ($50) by individuals who want to park on the four-wheel drive beach but are not Currituck County residents or property owners.  This permit is assigned to a specific vehicle and is valid for a consecutive, 10-day term.

Resident/Owner – This seasonal permit is available at no fee to Currituck County residents and property owners.

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Rules for Driving on the Beach
  • Speed limit on the beach is 35 mph
  • Within 300 feet of any person, the speed limit is 15 mph
  • Watch for pedestrians, especially children
  • Be alert around the wild horses and other wildlife
  • Park vehicles in middle of beach strand
  • Watch for lane shifts
  • Vehicles are required to use driving lanes adjacent to the dune line between Milepost 14.5 and Milepost 17
  • Tire air pressure should be
    • 20 pounds per square inch (PSI) for SUV’s and 1/2 ton 4X4
    • 35 pounds per square inches (PSI) for 3/4 ton 4X4
  • Air up pressure stations are located at the Corolla Historic Park

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