Beach driving starts Oct. 1 in Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills; new speed limit 15 mph

[Courtesy Kill Devil Hills]

Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills’ beach driving permits are available for purchase for the 2021-2022 beach driving season, and the speed limit along both town’s beaches has been reduced to 15 mph.

Beach driving is allowed in both towns, with a permit, from Oct. 1 through April 30. The towns of Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head have a reciprocal program that allows a KDH beach driving permit holder to drive on Nags Head beaches and vice versa.

Permits are available at all tackle shops in Nags Head and both town halls by appointment only due to COVID-19 restrictions. Seasonal permits are $25 and temporary permits are $10 (good for 14 days).

In addition to payment, the following information will need to be provided: driver’s license, proof of insurance, and the vehicle’s registration certificate (VIN number and license plate number).

For additional beach driving information, including maps and safety tips, visit the town’s website at

Click here for information on beach driving in Nags Head.