Beach Use Permits –  North Beach 4x4 Driving


Vilano Beach Driving Access and Surfside Park Parking Lot Closed Beginning September 8 – Due to a beach renourishment project that will restore critically-eroded shoreline and dunes, vehicular access to Vilano Beach will be restricted beginning September 8. In addition, the Surfside Park parking lot and pedestrian beach access point will be closed, and on-beach driving, horseback riding, and commercial fishing will be restricted from Vilano Beach to Serenata Ocean Villas. The project is scheduled to be complete in early 2021. For more information, please call 904.209.0260. Follow the progress of this project.

Driving on North Beach

North beach drivers must obtain a permit by completing Protected Species Training (below). Approved drivers are allowed access at Surfside access ramp. The general public is not permitted to enter the beach at this location. Permits are free. Training must be completed annually.

North Beach Boundary 4 x 4 Driving Map


Current annual pass affixed to passenger side of windshield, 4x4 or all-wheel drive vehicle (no ATVs, motorcycles, etc.) Annual passes can be purchased at any toll booth from March 1 – Labor Day. Preseason beach passes can be purchased at the Tax Collector’s offices, St. Johns County Fishing Pier, and the Recreation & Parks Department.

Getting Your Permit

5 Steps to Your North Beach 4x4 Driving Permit
1. Watch Watch the Protected Species Training slideshow.
Please use Internet Explorer to watch the training and complete the quiz.
2. Quiz Complete Quiz at end of Training.
3. Complete Complete and sign application.
4. Come In Vehicle Inspection Appointments – Are only available on Mondays. Please call (904) 209-0619 to schedule your appointment. 
Bring your application and arrive in the vehicle you are obtaining a permit for with an annual beach pass affixed to dashboard. 
Jade O'Neill
3171 Coastal Hwy
St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 209-0619

Attn: Beach Driving Permits
5. Receive Permit You're ready to go.
Need Technical Assistance? Adobe Flash Player is required to view and complete the training.

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is required to view and/or complete the application on your computer.

Please use Internet Explorer to watch the training and complete the quiz.

If you have technical difficulty with the training, please email so that we may assist you.

Contact Us

For more information or to arrange a group workshop, please contact: Jade O'Neill, (904) 209-0619.