In which residents fool tourists

Bogus Permits

My dad sent me a few bogus permits last week. They’re pretty funny — Cape Cod Canal Resident’s Tunnel Permits. The web site has quite an assortment of fake permits. Get your “terrorist hunting license” or “Cape Cod Submarine Racing Team” decals now!

There are 9 comments on this post

  1. Hey…………… weren’t supposed to tell anyone they were bogus! Its a big goof on the Cape to have people ask “where the tunnel” is, usually a New Yawkah who is theah faw the first time…..oh well, you blew the secret….

  2. Driving into work this morning here in Austin, I was stuck behind a Ford Expedition (Texas Plates) with a Cape Cod Canal Tunnel Permit. Well its been 15 years since I have been to the Cape – and was wondering when they got a tunnel… thanks for the info!

  3. We saw a Cape Cod tunnel permit in San Francisco, next to a Golden Gate tunnel permit. Is there any place to buy the Cape Cod permit on the web?

  4. I picked up a ‘submarine racing team’ permit when on vacation in the Cape a couple of years back. It is now on our canal boat back here in the UK, causing great interest from fellow boaters ! They can be obtained over the net at

  5. Sorry, web site address should have read

  6. Hi…
    Our Son and Daughter in law sold their car – with the Cape Cod Tunnel permit…..and can’t find one for their new car. They have a summer home in Sandwich – (D-I-L) spent her summers there as a kid –
    They aren’t able to find one for their new car. Can you give me a source?
    Kindest regards,
    Trish Marsdale

  7. Our Son and D-I-L sold the car that had the Cape Cod Tunnel sticker on it and can’t find a replacement to put on their new car. Do you have a source for these? I’d love to surprise them with it!!!
    Many thanks,
    Trish Marsdale

  8. There are still a few places to find it, one is the rest area on Route 25 East between Exit 2 and 3 (formerly 2 and 1). There used to be a place called Cape Cod Caboose at the Cape Cod Factory Outlet Mall that sold them but it is gone .

  9. Check Tradewinds and the Christmas tree shops

Add to the discussion:

I'll never share your email address and it won't be published.

What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.