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Beach Driving Permits: 

NASSAU COUNTY BEACH DRIVING PERMITS are issued pursuant to Nassau County Ordinances 2002-41 and 2002-31, as amended by 2015-13, and Resolution 2002-106.

Click here for map of prohibited beach driving areas 

Q.   Do I need to obtain a beach driving permit? If so, what is the process?

A.   Out-of-County residents shall obtain a permit to drive or park on the beach. No permit is required if you are a Nassau County resident.  Additionally, a disabled person may display their disabled person’s parking permit placard issued by the Tax Collector’s office in lieu of a beach driving permit; or if you are a senior citizen age sixty five (65) or older you may obtain a beach driving permit at no charge from the Office of the Clerk upon showing proof of age. 

Out-of-County applicants will need to bring their driver’s license and know the type of vehicle and tag number in order to obtain a beach driving permit. The cost is $5.00 for a daily permit or $25.00 for an annual permit which is valid for one year from date of purchase (effective October 1, 2015). Individuals may contact the County’s Parks and Recreation Department at 904-530-6120 in order to ascertain the permitted beach driving access locations or request a copy of the County ordinances referenced above through the Clerk’s offices (locations listed below). Please note that beach driving permits are not transferable; each vehicle will require a separate permit.

Beach driving permits are available at the following locations:

Robert M. Foster Justice Center, 904-548-4660
76347 Veterans Way, Clerk Services/BOCC, 2nd floor
Yulee, Florida 32097
Hours of Operation: Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Accepts cash and checks made payable to the Nassau County Clerk of Court.

Historic Courthouse, 904-491-6430
416 Centre Street
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Hours of Operation: Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Accepts cash and checks made payable to the Nassau County Clerk of Court.

AIA Express Discount, 904-310-6163
3331 South Fletcher Avenue
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Hours of Operation: Monday thru Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday thru Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Accepts cash, credit or debit cards.

Flash Foods, 904-261-3113

5518 South Fletcher Avenue
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours
Accepts cash only.


Permit for Disabled Persons to Leave Items on the Beach Overnight:

Nassau County Ordinance No. 2016-06 prohibits and regulates personal property left unattended on Atlantic Beach oceans within the unincorporated areas of Amelia Island. Personal items left unattended on the unincorporated area of the County beach from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. will be declared a public nuisance and will be removed and destroyed (Map of Unincorporated Area of Beach).

Personal property includes but is not limited to: tents (including tent frames), cabanas, umbrellas and other shading devices, beach chairs, and other furniture such as picnic tables, tiki huts, volleyball nets, hammocks, floats, sailboards, surfboards, kites, jet skis, sailboats, water cycles, and other watercraft, beach toys, grills, nets, coolers, canoes, kayaks, and general items for beach recreation.

Persons with disabilities may apply for a permit at no charge by filling out the attached form (Application for Permit) and returning it along with verification of their disability from their State of residence. Applications will not be accepted without documentation of your disability. 

Please note that completed applications must be submitted at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance to issuance of permit.

Applications can be returned to the County Manager’s Office by any of the following methods:

Mail: 96135 Nassau Place, Suite 1, Yulee, FL 32097
Fax: (904) 321-5784
E-mail:  

You will be notified when your permit is ready. It can be picked up from the County Manager’s Office Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. If you are arriving on the weekend or on a holiday, please notify the office so that your permit can be mailed to you prior to your arrival.


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