When you check "YES" to the Recreation Passport when renewing your license plate, you gain access to 103 state parks and recreation areas, 138 state forest rustic campgrounds, and numerous free family-friendly events, as well as parking for hundreds of miles of trails and fee-based state boat launches. The Recreation Passport is required for access to most of these locations, there are only a few exceptions - view the full list of where the Recreation Passport is required.
The proceeds from the purchase of a Recreation Passport are used to:
- Fund outdoor recreation facilities and opportunities
- Fund state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trail heads and boat launches
- Support historic sites within state parks
- Provide grants to communities to improve neighborhood parks
How to get it
Michigan Residents: check "YES" for the Recreation Passport when you renew your license plate at a Secretary of State branch office, self service station or online. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next vehicle plate renewal date. The proof of purchase is the two tiny "P"s printed at the top and bottom of your license plate tab, as well as the words "Recreation Passport" on your vehicle registration.
If the Recreation Passport was not purchased when the vehicle registration was renewed, you can bring your registration to a Secretary of State branch office any time to pay the $11 and receive a replacement license plate tab. You can also purchase a window sticker at a state park or Customer Service Center. The sticker should be placed on the inside, lower-right side of the passenger window and is valid until the next vehicle plate renewal date.
If you purchase your Recreation Passport through the Secretary of State, you also receive access to the statewide Passport Perks shopping discount program, giving you discounts to your favorite local businesses and services.
How much does it cost?
- $11 - Michigan registered vehicles
- $5 - Michigan registered motorcycles
- $31 - Non-Michigan annual pass
- $9 - Non-Michigan daily pass
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact us: DNR-RecreationPassport@michigan.gov or call 517-284-7275.
Please note: Entry into state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, boating access sites and non-motorized trail head parking lots is subject to available parking spaces. To reduce vehicle traffic and ensure the safety and privacy of campers, campground access may be limited to registered campers without staff permission.