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Assateague Island National Seashore Over Sand Vehicle Permit 
Sales Go Online Soon

Superintendent Hugh Hawthorne announces that online purchasing of Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) permits will soon be operational at Assateague Island National Seashore. Online OSV permit sales will begin January 4, 2023. Visitors are invited to take an early tour of the https://www.recreation.gov/ website beginning December 15th to get familiar with this new procedure. This online option will help streamline the OSV sales process for visitors to the island as permits may be purchased in advance online and then picked up at the park office within 10 days of purchase. OSV permit sales will continue to be possible in person via online computer stations located at the North Beach Ranger Station in the Maryland District and the Toms Cove Visitor Center in the Virginia District.

Obtaining an OSV permit will be an easy process that takes only minutes and can be accomplished one of two ways:

1 Beginning January 4, 2023, you may purchase an OSV permit online by visiting https://www.recreation.gov/. You will need to choose which office you would like to pick up your permit, either the North Beach Ranger Station in the Maryland District or the Toms Cove Visitor Center in the Virginia District.
2  By visiting one of two National Park Service OSV permit sales locations:
     North Beach Ranger Station in the Maryland District
     7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, MD 21811
     9:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 days/week

     Toms Cove Visitor Center in the Virginia District
     8586 Beach Road, Chincoteague, VA 23336
     9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Friday-Monday from December – January
     9:00 am to 4:00 pm, 7 days/week from April - November.  

Both annual OSV permits are available: 

**OSV Permit ($110): allows 24-hr access to the Maryland OSV area. Permittee must be actively fishing from midnight to 5 am--no camping or sleeping. Allows access during Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (https://www.fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague) hours to the Virginia OSV.

**Bullpen Permit ($200): allows 24-hr access to the Maryland OSV area. Permittee must have a hard-shelled, slide-in camper with attached and enclosed toilet with a permanently installed waste storage tank that can hold 2-days’ worth of wastewater. Permitted vehicles may park overnight in the Bullpen area.

For more information on Over Sand Vehicle permits at Assateague Island National Seashore: https://www.nps.gov/asis/planyourvisit/osv.htm

Photo: K.Carpenter - 4WD truck driving on the beach in the Over Sand Vehicle zone at Assateague Island National Seashore.

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Still cheap at $200/year for me since I camp down there,  two nights and it is already paid for vs staying at frontier town or one of the other campgrounds.


As for being fully closed, it is days I most likely wouldn't be down there anyway.  Closed at 21.8 is better than nothing,  you get to know your neighbor better :kissthrow:


Online is nice and all, but a better announcement would be them fixing the dang card swipe at the entrance gate.

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2 hours ago, Steve Coleman said:

If they gave rebates for all the time the beach is either closed or severely restricted they would end up free.  So it would be nice to see a big price drop.

Probably the cheapest permit on the east coast.


And it could be as bad as Delaware so I'm glad it's not

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41 mins ago, luckyOC said:

Don't think the card swipe will come back soon, if at all.... the new policy for ID check along with the park pass kinda rules out that.  Now if it was available after hours, that would be cool, but the gate is always up at that point.

You are probably correct and at this point I'm not sure they could even put a gate on the VA side since the entrance changes with each storm


But imagine buying your permit on line and them sending you a card to swipe.


How simple life could be

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On 12/15/2022 at 8:55 PM, BLilly said:

Not sure how this streamlines anything since you still have to go to the visitor center to pick up the permit....

Right?  I mean if you walk in and walk out maybe.  I dont think I've ever been out in less then 20 on the VA side.  During covid I waited in line 45 minutes after I had the paper work filled out when they switched it to the window outside.  It was cutting it close too for the stupid hours they were open.

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So on the VA side there is no more filling out paperwork, or standing there and doing it on the TV screen.


They make you sign up on the reservation site and pay for the permit and then they will give you the permit once it hits their computers.


So save yourself some time and do it before you go

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