How to Purchase the Senior Pass for Federal Public Lands

Get discounts to more than 2,000 U.S. recreation areas with this card

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If you're a U.S. citizen or permanent resident age 62 years or older who likes to travel, the Senior Pass allows free access and discounts at National Parks and other federal recreation sites. The official name of the Senior Pass is America the Beautiful—the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, which replaced the Golden Age Passport. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about the Senior Pass.

General Information About the Senior Pass

What is the Senior Pass?
It is a pass available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are 62 years and older. It provides access to recreation areas managed by six federal agencies. It also provides the pass owner a discount on some amenity fees, such as camping.

What does it cost, and how long is it valid?
As of August 2017, the cost of a lifetime Senior Pass is $80. An annual pass is $20. An annual pass can be traded for a lifetime pass if four annual passes were purchased in four consecutive years. Annual passes cover two people. Annual passes do not cover expanded amenity fees (e.g., camping).

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 want the new Senior Pass, you may purchase one 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 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. Passes can also be purchased by mail or online at these participating agencies. Additional fees may apply.

Purchase a pass online by uploading documentation issued by an authorized U.S. agency that proves U.S. citizenship or permanent residence and your birthdate. Acceptable documentation is a driver's license, passport, green card, U.S. birth certificate, or state-issued identification card.

Purchase a pass by mail and include photocopies of documentation showing your citizenship, permanent residence, and birthdate.

If your pass doesn't arrive before your trip, purchase a pass when you arrive at the recreation site. After your pass arrives, return it for a refund. Do not sign it before returning it.

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 he or she dies, does the Senior Pass automatically transfer to me?
No.

The Senior Pass is not transferable.

If I am a Canadian citizen 62 years or older, 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 home in the United States where I reside part 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.

How to Use the Senior Pass

What does the Senior Pass cover?
The Senior Pass admits pass owners and passengers on bicycles or in a noncommercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas, and the pass owner plus three adults, not to exceed four adults, where per-person fees are charged. Children younger than 16 years are always free.

The Senior Pass may also provide the pass owner a discount on some expanded amenity fees such as camping, swimming, boat launching, guided tours, transportation systems, and special-use permit fees. Discounts do not apply at onsite bookstores or gift shops.

Remember: Photo identification will be requested to verify pass ownership.

Where is the Senior Pass honored?
The Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers honor the Senior Pass at sites where entrance or standard amenity fees are charged.

In addition, the 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.

What if I forgot to bring my Senior Pass?
You can buy another Senior Pass with proper documentation or pay the 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).

A damaged Senior Pass can be replaced for free at a recreation site as long as identification is provided to validate ownership and a portion of the pass is identifiable. You can also get a replacement card by mail by returning the damaged pass. Replacement by mail requires a processing fee.

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.

Benefits of the Senior Pass

Does the Senior Pass include any discounts at federal recreation sites? 
At many sites, the lifetime Senior Pass provides the pass owner a discount on expanded amenity fees (e.g., camping, swimming, boat launching, guided tours). Annual passes do not cover these amenities. Inquire at the places you plan to visit.

What are the discount guidelines? 
The pass program is managed by six federal agencies that operate under different regulations and have different fees. Therefore, the discount program for the Senior Pass is not handled the same way on all federal recreation lands. The best advice is to always inquire locally.

In general, discounts are honored as follows:

  • Individual campsites: The discount only applies to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass owner, not to any additional campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass owner's party.
  • Campsites with utility hookups: If utility fees are charged separately, there is no discount. The discount may apply if the utility fee is combined (seamless) with the campsite fee.
  • Group campsites and facilities (including, but not limited to, group facilities, picnic areas, or pavilions): There is no discount for group campsites and other group facilities that charge a flat fee. If the group campsite has a per-person fee rate, only the pass owner receives a discount; others using the site pay the full fee.
  • Guided tours: The pass offers discounts on some guided tours. Only the pass owner receives a discount if one is offered.
  • Transportation systems: Inquire locally.
  • Concessionaire fees: Inquire locally.
  • Special use permit fees: Inquire locally.

How can I tell the difference between a standard amenity fee, an expanded amenity fee, a special use permit fee, or a concessionaire fee? 
Since the pass program is managed by six federal agencies that operate under different regulations and charge different types of fees, it can be confusing to sort out fees and terminology, and to distinguish between a "federally managed facility/activity" versus a "concession-managed facility/activity." Your best bet is to inquire locally regarding your fee and pass-acceptance-related questions.

Does my Senior Pass provide any discounts at cooperating association bookstores or gift shops that are located in the federal recreation sites? 
No. The Senior Pass does not cover discounts in on-site bookstores or gift stores.

Is a Senior Pass valid at state parks or local city/county recreation sites? 
No. The Senior Pass is valid only at participating federal recreation sites. Visit the Recreation.gov website for more information about federal recreation sites.

BENEFITS OF THE SENIOR PASS

Does the Senior Pass include any discounts at Federal Recreation sites?
At many sites the Senior Pass provides the pass owner a discount on expanded amenity fees, such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours). Inquire at the places you plan to visit.

What are the discount guidelines?
The pass program is managed by five Federal agencies that operate under different regulations and have different fees.

Therefore, the discount program for the Senior Pass is not handled in the same way on all Federal recreation lands. The best advice is to always inquire locally.

In general discounts are honored as follows:

  • Individual Campsites: The discount only applies to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass owner, not to any additional campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass owner's party.
  • Campsites with Utility Hookups: If utility fees are charged separately, there is no discount. The discount may apply if the utility fee is combined (seamless) with the campsite fee.
  • Group Campsites and Facilities (including, but not limited to, group facilities, picnic areas or pavilions): There is no discount for group campsites and other group facilities that charge a flat fee. If the group campsite has a per person fee rate, only the pass owner receives a discount; others using the site pay the full fee.
  • Guided Tours: The pass offers discounts on some guided tours. Only the pass owner receives a discount if one is offered.
  • Transportation Systems: (Inquire Locally)
  • Concessionaire Fees: (Inquire Locally)
  • Special Use Permit Fees: (Inquire Locally)

How can I tell the difference between a Standard Amenity Fee, an Expanded Amenity Fee, a Special Use Permit Fee, or a Concessionaire Fee?
Since the pass program is managed by five Federal agencies that operate under different regulations and charge different types of fees, it can be confusing to sort out fees, terminology, and to distinguish between a "Federally-managed facility/activity" versus a "concession-managed facility/activity".

Your best bet is inquire locally regarding your fee and pass-acceptance related questions.

Does my Senior Pass provide any discounts at Cooperating Association bookstores or gift shops that are located in the Federal Recreation sites?
No. The Senior Pass does not cover discounts in on-site bookstores or gift stores.

Is a Senior Pass valid at State Parks or local city/county recreation sites?
No. The Senior Pass is valid only at participating Federal recreation sites. Visit [LINK URL=http://www.recreation.gov]http://www.recreation.gov[/LINK] for information about Federal recreation sites.

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BENEFITS OF THE SENIOR PASS

Does the Senior Pass include any discounts at Federal Recreation sites?
At many sites the Senior Pass provides the pass owner a discount on expanded amenity fees, such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours). Inquire at the places you plan to visit.

What are the discount guidelines?
The pass program is managed by five Federal agencies that operate under different regulations and have different fees. Therefore, the discount program for the Senior Pass is not handled in the same way on all Federal recreation lands. The best advice is to always inquire locally.

In general discounts are honored as follows:

  • Individual Campsites: The discount only applies to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass owner, not to any additional campsite(s) occupied by members of the pass owner's party.
  • Campsites with Utility Hookups: If utility fees are charged separately, there is no discount. The discount may apply if the utility fee is combined (seamless) with the campsite fee.
  • Group Campsites and Facilities (including, but not limited to, group facilities, picnic areas or pavilions): There is no discount for group campsites and other group facilities that charge a flat fee. If the group campsite has a per person fee rate, only the pass owner receives a discount; others using the site pay the full fee.
  • Guided Tours: The pass offers discounts on some guided tours. Only the pass owner receives a discount if one is offered.
  • Transportation Systems: (Inquire Locally)
  • Concessionaire Fees: (Inquire Locally)
  • Special Use Permit Fees: (Inquire Locally)

How can I tell the difference between a Standard Amenity Fee, an Expanded Amenity Fee, a Special Use Permit Fee, or a Concessionaire Fee?
Since the pass program is managed by five Federal agencies that operate under different regulations and charge different types of fees, it can be confusing to sort out fees, terminology, and to distinguish between a "Federally-managed facility/activity" versus a "concession-managed facility/activity".

Your best bet is inquire locally regarding your fee and pass-acceptance related questions.

Does my Senior Pass provide any discounts at Cooperating Association bookstores or gift shops that are located in the Federal Recreation sites?
No. The Senior Pass does not cover discounts in on-site bookstores or gift stores.

Is a Senior Pass valid at State Parks or local city/county recreation sites?
No. The Senior Pass is valid only at participating Federal recreation sites. Visit [LINK URL=http://www.recreation.gov]http://www.recreation.gov[/LINK] for information about Federal recreation sites.