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At just $11, the Recreation Passport is your key to exploring 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.

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 in a year that would only cost residents 4 cents a visit! 

  • $11 - Michigan annual pass (vehicle)
  • $5 - Michigan annual pass (motorcycles)
  • $32 - Non-resident annual pass
  • $9 - Non-resident daily pass
How do I buy it? (Michigan residents)  »

The Recreation Passport is $11 for residents and 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. It cannot be purchased online.

  • Purchase the annual pass when renewing your license plate with the Secretary of State. This is the best time to buy to avoid extra fees.
  • Bring your registration to a Secretary of State branch office at any time to receive a replacement license plate tab. You will be charged an additional $5 fee by the Secretary of State if you purchase outside the usual license renewal time.
  • Purchase a window sticker at a state park or customer service center and place on inside, lower-right side of the passenger window.
How do I buy it? (non-Michigan residents)  »

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.

  • Purchase a window sticker at a state park or customer service center and place on inside, lower-right side of the passenger window.
  • Purchase a window sticker in advance at (this option only available to nonresidents).  
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: 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.