The Access Pass gives people with disabilities lifetime free entry to any of the over 2,000 Federal park and recreation sites.
Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or looking for a place to exercise, the Access Pass is a great way to enjoy America the beautiful. Use it at over 2,000 Federal recreation sites across America, including National Forest lands, National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks. Bring your friends while at it, because the Access Pass also grants up to three other adults (where per-person fees are usually charged), or anyone else traveling with you in a non-commercial vehicle (where per-vehicle fees are usually charged), free entry.
How to Get an Access Pass
- Visit any federal recreation site that charges a fee.Be sure to bring your ID that proves you are a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, and documentation from a licensed physician, a Federal agency, or a State agency, that shows you have a permanent disability. The pass is free and there are no processing fees.To be safe, call ahead of time to make sure they have passes available. Note that showing a State motor vehicle department disability sticker, or a hang tag is not acceptable proof of a permanent disability.
- Apply through the Mail. Complete this application form for the Access Pass and mail it along with photocopy proof that you are a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, and documentation of your disability. Note that applying through the mail will cost you a $10 processing fee.
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