Recreation Passport

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Explore Michigan state parks, trails and waterways, while supporting Michigan's great outdoors for future generations

Check "YES" to the Recreation Passport when you renew your license plate with the Secretary of State. The two small "P"s on your license plate tab are your proof of purchase and gain you vehicle access to:

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

Where to purchase (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 can not be purchased online.

  • Purchase the annual pass when renewing your license plate with the Secretary of State. Just check "YES!"
  • Bring your registration to a Secretary of State branch office at any time to receive a replacement license plate tab.
  • Purchase a window sticker at a state park or customer service center and place on inside, lower-right side of the passenger window.

Where to purchase (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.

  • 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).  

What does it support?

Proceeds from the sale of the Recreation Passport funds support:

  • 103 state parks and recreation areas, 138 state forest campgrounds, non-motorized trail heads and boat launches
  • community grants for local park improvements via Recreation Passport Grants
  • historic sites within state parks
  • outdoor recreation facilities and opportunities

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


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.