Get your Recreation Passport for four seasons of fun

Four seasons of fun with the Recreation PassportNEW: Michigan bloggers share their favorite trips using their Recreation Passport

Passports and Tortellini Salad
(Chocolate Slopes)

Six Reasons why I will be Renewing my Michigan Recreation Passport
(Michigan Dawn Patrol)

A Day at Newaygo State Park
(Life in the Between)

Road Trip to the Tip of the Mitt
(Life in the Between)

Staying Fit & Healthy on a Day Trip - Family Adventure to Lakeport State Park
(Chocolate Slopes)

What it is: When Michigan residents check "YES" for the Recreation Passport when renewing a Michigan license plate with the Secretary of State, they gain access to over 100 state parks, hundreds of miles of pathways and more. In addition, buying Recreation Passport means saying "YES" to protecting Michigan's natural resources for future generations, and supporting recreation opportunities in municipal parks and trails through a grant program funded by your Recreation Passport purchase.

Where to use it: State parks, state forest campgrounds, state trailhead parking lots and boating access sites managed by the DNR (Click on the FAQ link below for full list). Learn more about these sites at

Sample, Recreation passport, tab, registration

How to get it: Michigan residents just check "YES" for the Recreation Passport when you renew your license plate at a Secretary of State branch office, self service station, by mail or you can get the Recreation Passport when renewing plates online. It's valid until your next vehicle plate renewal date, and 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 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 with two small ‘P's indicating that you purchased the Recreation Passport. You can also purchase a window sticker for $11 at a state park or Customer Service Center. The sticker should be placed on the inside, lower right side of the passenger window.

Nonresidents can purchase an annual pass in advance at, or buy an annual or daily pass in person at a state park.


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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.