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~ Overview of the Annual Pass for US Military and Their Dependents ~

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~ Military Pass Use ~

1. What are the benefits for the Annual Pass - Military?

Free admission at sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees for one full year from the month obtained (through last day of that month).

The pass Does Not cover or provide a discount on expanded amenity fees such as camping, boat launch or interpretive fees.

2. Who qualifies for the Annual Pass - Military?

US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173).

3. Can dependents of National Guard and the Reserve members acquire a pass?

Dependents of deployed military members with DoD Form 1173 may obtain a pass. If the military member has not been deployed, the dependent may be the second signer on their sponsor's pass.

4. Are there any benefits for veterans?

5. Where can I use my pass?

Please contact a site directly if you have a question about pass acceptance and fees. The Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation honor the Annual Pass at sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee(s) are charged:


6. How do I get my pass?

You can receive your pass by presenting your US military ID at most Federal lands that charge an entrance fee. A list of sites that sell pass is available (this is an Adobe pdf file). Sites that issue the Annual Pass will generally also issue the free US military version as well. Please contact the Federal Land you will be visiting in advance to ensure that they have the pass available.

7. Can I loan my pass to a friend to use?

No. The pass owner must be present when the pass is used and it is not transferrable.

8. Who can sign the Pass?

9. If I have more than four people in my car, how many passes do I need?

One pass covers the vehicle at sites that charge "per vehicle." At "per person" sites, the applicable fee will be charged for each additional person.

10. My family is traveling in two vehicles; will one 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 purchase) a second pass.

11. What about motorcycle drivers who obtain this Pass?

The pass permits entrance for the two individuals that sign the Pass on two separate motorcycles. Identification must match the signatures of the pass owner(s). If only one pass owner is present the pass will admit only one motorcycle.

12. I ride my bicycle into a Federal recreation site that charges an entry fee. Can my friends come in with me with my pass?

Yes, generally the pass owner and up to 3 other bicyclists can enter for free. Be sure to check with the recreation site you plan to visit before leaving because there can be differences in the way a pass is honored at different sites.

13. What is NOT covered by the Pass?

14. Can lost or stolen passes be replaced? Is there a way that the serial numbers can be tracked?

No. Due to privacy and logistical considerations, passes cannot be replaced if lost or stolen; a new Pass may be obtained.

15. How do I show my pass at a site that doesn't have an entrance station?

At Federal recreation sites that don't have entrance stations you need to display your pass or show proof of pass ownership to compliance officers via one of the two following methods:


A pass can either be displayed on your rearview mirror using a free hangtag or on your dashboard with the signature side showing. Remember, the hangtag itself is only a way to display your Pass, and is not valid for entry unless it holds a valid Pass.


If you own an open-topped vehicle (jeep, motorcycle, etc.) you may obtain a free decal to attach to your vehicle that will serve as proof of payment at sites that don't have a staffed entrance station.

16. If I forget to bring my pass to a site and pay the entrance or use fee, can I mail in the receipt and a photocopy of my pass and get a refund?

Refunds are not issued.

17. If I purchased an $80 Annual Pass earlier in the year can I return the pass and get a refund?

Refunds will not be issued for passes purchased before the free passes became available.

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