Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about the Senior Pass (which replaced the Golden Age Passport in 2007)
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SENIOR PASS
What is the Senior Pass?
It is a lifetime pass available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are 62 years and older. It provides access to recreation areas managed by five Federal agencies. It also provides the pass owner a discount on some amenity fees such as camping (see Senior Pass Benefits section).
What does it cost and how long is it valid?
The cost of the Senior Pass is $10, and it is valid for the lifetime of the pass owner.
If I have a Golden Age Passport is it still valid?
Yes, Golden Age Passports are valid for a lifetime and are equivalent to the new Senior Pass.
What if I have a plastic Golden Age Passport and want a new Senior Pass instead?
Plastic Golden Age Passports are valid for a lifetime. However, if you do want the new Senior Pass, you may purchase one for $10, with proof of identification (e.g., driver's license, birth certificate, or similar government-issued document).
What if I have a paper Golden Age Passport and want a new Senior Pass instead?
Paper Golden Age Passports will be exchanged free of charge for the new Senior Passes with proof of identification, e.g., driver's license, birth certificate, or similar government-issued document.
HOW TO OBTAIN THE SENIOR PASS
Where can I purchase a Senior Pass?
A Senior Pass can be obtained in person from a participating Federal recreation site or office. Participating agencies include:
You must obtain the Pass in person because the official issuing the Senior Pass must verify your age and residency.
Can I purchase a Senior Pass before my 62nd birthday?
No. To be eligible for the pass you must have turned 62.
If my spouse was the pass owner and s/he passes away, does the Senior Pass automatically transfer to me?
No, the Senior Pass is not transferable.
If I am a 62-year-old Canadian citizen can I purchase a Senior Pass?
No, the Senior Pass is available only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents, age 62 years and older.
If I'm a foreign citizen and have a winter home in the United States (Phoenix, for example), where I reside six months of the year, do I qualify for the Senior Pass?
No. Owning property or paying taxes in the U.S. does not automatically qualify you for a Senior Pass. You must be a permanent U.S. resident, or a U.S. citizen.
USAGE OF THE SENIOR PASSWhat does the Senior Pass cover?
The Senior Pass admits pass owner/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where per-person fees are charged. (Children under 16 are always admitted free.) Remember: Photo identification will be requested to verify pass ownership.
The Senior Pass also provides the pass owner a discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees such as camping (see Senior Pass Benefits section).
Where is the Senior Pass honored?
The Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation honor the Senior Pass at sites where entrance or standard amenity fees are charged.
In addition, the Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority may honor the Senior Pass. (Visitors are always encouraged to contact the site they plan to visit and inquire about pass acceptance before visiting).
Why is the US Army Corps of Engineers accepting Interagency Senior Passes but not selling them?
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) was not included in the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004, which gave agencies the authority to create the new America the Beautiful - the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Although the Corps will not sell or issue the new passes, the Corps will accept the new Interagency Senior and Interagency Access Passes or previously issued Golden Age or Access Passports as proof of eligibility for age- and disability-related discounts. More information may be found at: http://www.CorpsLakes.us/fees.
What if I forgot to bring my Senior Pass?
You can either buy another Senior Pass with proper documentation, or pay the applicable Entrance or Standard Amenity fee(s).
What if my Senior Pass is lost, stolen or damaged?
- The Senior Pass is not replaceable if lost or stolen. You can either buy another Senior Pass with proper documentation, or pay the applicable Entrance or Standard Amenity fee(s).
- The Senior Pass is replaceable if damaged as long as identification is provided to validate ownership and a portion of the pass is identifiable.
My family is traveling in two cars; will one Senior Pass let all of us into the site?
No. Only the vehicle with the pass owner is covered. The second vehicle is subject to an entrance fee, or must have (or buy) a second pass.
My spouse and I are each riding our own motorcycle or scooter; will one Senior Pass cover both our entries?
No. At sites with per vehicle entrance fees the Senior Pass will cover entrance for the pass owner on one motorcycle only.