Here's how to obtain a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Access Pass, which is a free lifetime entrance pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. The Access Pass replaces the old Golden Access Passport, which has been discontinued.
Time Required: Less than five minutes
- Go to any National Park Service facility that charges an entrance fee.
- Show proof of medically determined disability and eligibility for receiving benefits under federal law. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veterans Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.
- You will receive your Golden Access Passport, free of charge.
- All National Parks Passes, Golden Eagle, Golden Eagle Hologram, Golden Access and Golden Age Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes.
- The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free).
- The Access Pass provides a 50% discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction.
- The pass is non-transferable and generally does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.