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For just $11 a year, the Recreation Passport is your key to exploring Michigan state parks, trails, historic sites, boat launches and other state-managed destinations. That's just 3 cents a day for a year's worth of exploration in Michigan's outdoors. Plus, it's the easiest way to support and protect our state parks, trails and waterways for the next generation.

  • Entry to more than 100 state parks and recreation areas.
  • Explore our waters with access to staffed public boat launches.
  • Unforgettably beautiful, rustic forest campgrounds.
  • Parking for hundreds of miles of trails.
  • Free family outdoor events and classes.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018 the price is $16 when purchased at state parks.
Starting Jan. 1, 2018, residents can purchase the $11 Recreation Passport online at expressSOS.com, by mail, at a self-service station or in person at a branch office at the time of registration renewal. If a resident wants to add a Recreation Passport to their vehicle after it's already been registered, they can return to the Secretary of State or visit a state park and have it issued for $16 ($11 Recreation Passport plus $5 convenience fee).


Rec Passport Information
How much does it cost?  »

The Recreation Passport gains vehicles access to more than 300 Michigan outdoor destinations. Just think, if you visited each destination throughout the year that would only cost residents 4 cents per visit! 

A Recreation Passport (resident) can be purchased through the Secretary of State at time of registration renewal for:

  • $11 - resident annual pass (vehicle) 
  • $5 - resident annual pass (motorcycles) through Dec. 31, 2017
  • $6 - resident annual pass (motorcycles) begninning Jan. 1, 2018 

* Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the DNR will begin charging a $5 convenience fee for Recreation Passport purchases made at state parks, DNR customer service centers and other designated locations.

A Recreation Passport (resident) can be added to an already registered vehicle at the Secretary of State, a state park or DNR customer service center for:

  • $16 - resident annual pass (vehicle) 
  • $11 - resident annual pass (motorcycles) begninning Jan. 1, 2018 

A Recreation Passport( nonresident) can be purchased at state parks, at DNR customer service centers and online at www.michigan.gov/estore for:

  • $32 for a non-resident annual pass 
  • $9 for a non-resident daily pass
How do I buy it? (residents)  »

The Recreation Passport is valid until the next vehicle license 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. 

  • To purchase the $11 Recreation Passport for no extra fee, residents can purchase it at the time of license plate registration renewal with the Secretary of State by mail, online at expressSOS.com, at a self-service station or in person at a SOS branch office.
  • If a resident wants to add a Recreation Passport to their vehicle after it's already been registered, they can return to the Secretary of State or visit a state park and have it issued for $16 ($11 Recreation Passport plus $5 convenience fee).
  • The resident Recreation Passport cannot be purchased online.
How do I buy it? (nonresidents)  »

The non-resident Recreation Passport is $32 (annual) or $9 (daily). It is valid until the end of the calendar year and comes in the form of a window sticker. It can be purchased:

The $5 convenience fee for purchasing Recreation Passports at state parks and DNR customer service centers does not apply to nonresidents.

New $5 convenience fee & exceptions »

Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the DNR will begin charging residents a $5 convenience fee for Recreation Passport purchases made at state parks.

To purchase the Recreation Passport for no extra fee, customers can buy it online at expressSOS.com, by mail, at a self-service station or in person at a branch office at the time of registration renewal. If a customer wants to add a Recreation Passport to their vehicle after it's already been registered, they can return to the Secretary of State or visit a state park and have it issued for $16 ($11 Recreation Passport plus $5 convenience fee). The $5 convenience fee does not apply to nonresidents.

There are a few exceptions:

  • The $5 convenince fee will not be assessed for non-residents that purchase the Recreation Passport at state parks.
  • The $5 convenience fee will not be assessed for purchases made at Belle Isle Park, because the park’s entry fee was only recently introduced to the state park management system. The $5 convenience fee will be assessed beginning Jan. 1, 2019.
  • The $5 convenience fee will not be assessed for Recreation Passport purchases for non-street legal vehicles at the ORV area at Silver Lake State Park.
  • Recreation Passport purchases for non-renewing vehicles are only available at state parks and the $5 convenience fee will not be applied.
 
Recreation Passport Grants  »

The purchase of a Recreation Passport not only gains vehicle access to park, trails and waterways, but the funds go toward local park improvements around the state. Learn about Recreation Passport Grants 2016 recipients.

Passport Perks  »

If you purchase the Recreation Passport through the Secretary of State, you will also receive discounts to your favorite local businesses and service via the statewide Passport Perks Shopping Discount Program


  • Did you know? The money you spend on your Recreation Passport goes right back into maintaining and improving the resources you use! Recreation Passport money helps to fund:

    • state parks and recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, trails and boat launches
    • local park improvements via Recreation Passport Grants
    • historic sites within state parks
    • outdoor recreation facilities and opportunities

    Questions? Please 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.