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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 processing fee).


Rec Passport Information
How much does it cost?  »

Just $11 when purchased with your annual license plate renewal, the Recreation Passport is your very own key to exploring Michigan’s state parks, trails, historic sites, boat launches and more. It’s the easiest way to support and protect these resources for the next generation.

  • ​​Michigan Resident (vehicle) annual pass when purchased:
    • during time of annual plate renewal via Secretary of State - $11
    • at Michigan state parks, DNR customer service centers and other designated locations (good until next vehicle registration) - $16
       
  • Michigan Resident (motorcycle) annual pass when purchased:
    • during time of annual plate renewal via Secretary of State - $5
    • at Michigan state parks, DNR customer service centers and other designated locations (good until next vehicle registration)  - $11
       
  • Non-resident annual pass - $32
  • Non-resident daily pass - $9   
  • Towed vehicle permit (good for length of stay) - $7
  • Commercial vehicle daily pass (24k+ lbs and/or seating capacity of 16+) - $17

* Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the DNR began charging a $5 convenience fee for Recreation Passport purchases made at state parks, DNR customer service centers and other designated locations. View details on new $5 convenience fee and exceptions.

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 avoid paying the $5 convenience fee, residents should purchase their Recreation Passport at the time of license plate registration renewal with the Secretary of State. This transaction can be made by mail, at a self-service station, in person at a SOS branch office or online at expressSOS.com.
  • If a resident wants to add a Recreation Passport to a vehicle after their license plate has been registered, they can return to the Secretary of State or visit a state park and have it issued for $16 ($11 passport fee, plus $5 convenience fee).
  • The resident option cannot be purchased online.
How do I buy it? (non-residents)  »

The non-resident Recreation Passport is sold for $32 (annual) or $9 (daily). It is valid until the end of the calendar year and comes in the form of a window sticker (please place on the inside, lower-right side of the passenger window). The non-resident Recreation Passport can be purchased:

The non-resident option is not sold at the Secretary of State, so the $5 convenience fee does not apply to purchases made at state parks.

New $5 processing fee & exceptions »

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

A Recreation Passport is not required for:
  • Entry on foot or bicycle into state parks, trails, historic sites, boat launches and other state-managed destinations.  
  • Vehicles with 100 percent disabled veteran, ex-POW and Congressional Medal of Honor license plates to enter parks.

There are a few exceptions where the $5 processing fee will not be charged:

  • The $5 processing fee will not be assessed on non-resident Recreation Passports purchases. Those prices remain $9 for a daily pass and $32 for an annual pass.
  • The $5 processing fee will not be assessed for purchases made at Belle Isle Park, because that park’s entry fee was introduced only recently to the state park management system. The $5 convenience fee will be assessed beginning Jan. 1, 2019.
  • The $5 processing fee will not be assessed on Recreation Passport purchases for non-street-legal vehicles at the ORV area at Silver Lake State Park in Oceana County.
  • Because Recreation Passport purchases for non-annual renewing vehicles (ie. municipal, manufacturer, antique and tribal license plates) are possible only at state parks, the $5 processing 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.