Access Pass

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The Access Pass

The Access Pass is a card provided at no charge by the United States Federal Government to people with a permanent disability.[1][2] The pass, which works just like the Golden Age Passport,[3] allows the disabled person to enter any United States National Park for free, and to bring up to 3 other people when entering on foot or an unlimited number of people in a vehicle in which the disabled is traveling. Once obtained, it is valid for the remainder of the holder's life.[4]

The Pass provides a 50 percent discount on federal use fees charged for camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. Visitors must supply the pass number when making a camping reservation. In cases where there is a use fees, the pass holder receives the 50 percent price reduction.[5]

The pass is valid for admission at lands managed the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Reclamation.[6]

The pass is not valid for admission to state parks, but many U.S. states have similar programs that provide free admission to all their state parks.

The pass was established starting in 2007 as a result of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004.[7]


U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are blind or permanently disabled are eligible. Applicants may apply in person or through the mail, and must have proof of eligibility. The pass is nontransferable and does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.[8]


External sources[edit]

NPS Pass Information