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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.

Effective Jan. 1, 2018 the price is $16 when purchased at state parks.
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the DNR added a $5 convenience fee for Recreation Passport purchases (Michigan-registered vehicles only) made at state parks, DNR customer service centers and other designated areas. It can still be purchased for $11 (or $6 motorcycles) when purchased at the time of the annual license plate renewal at the Secretary of State.


Rec Passport Information
Cost / where to purchase (Michigan-registered vehicles) »

Where can it be purchased for Michigan-registered vehicles?

Secretary of State
Recreation Passports can be purchased at the Secretary of State at the time of the annual license plate renewal. Purchases can be made by mail, at a self-service SOS station, in person at a SOS branch office or online at expressSOS.com. If the Recreation Passport is purchased outside the annual license plate renewal cycle at the SOS, an additional $5 convenience fee will apply.
 

State parks, DNR customer service centers and other designated areas 
A Recreation Passport may be added to an existing Michigan-registered vehicle by purchasing it at a state park, DNR customer service or other Recreation Passport designated area. An additional $5 convenience fee will apply for a tatal purchase price of $16 ($11 passport fee, plus $5 convenience fee).

Please note: A Recreation Passport for a Michigan-registered vehicle cannot be purchased online.

How much does it cost?

Michigan-registered vehicles:

  • $11 when purchased at the time of annual license plate renewal via the Secretary of State
  • $16 when purchased at Michigan state parks, DNR customer service centers and other designated areaa ($11 Recreation Passport fee. plus $5 convenience fee)

Michigan-registered motorcycles:

  • $6 when purchased at the time of annual license plate renewal via the Secretary of State
  • $11 when purchased at Michigan state parks, DNR customer service centers and other designated areas ($6 Recreation Passport fee, plus $5 convenience fee)

Other

  • $7 - Towed vehicle permit (good for length of stay) 
  • $17 - Commercial daily pass (24k+ lbs and/or seating capacity of 16+) 
Cost / where to purchase (non-residents) »

Where can it be purchased for vehicles not registered in Michigan (non-residents)?

How much does it cost?

  • $32 - annual non-resident Recreation Passport
  • $9 - daily non-resident Recreation Passport
  • $7 - Towed vehicle permit (good for length of stay) 
  • $17 - Commercial daily pass (24k+ lbs and/or seating capacity of 16+) 
Exceptions »

The purchase of a Recreation Passport is not required for the following:

  • Entry on foot or bicycle into state parks, trails, historic sites, boat launches and other state-managed destinations.  
  • Vehicles with a valid ex-prisoner of war plate.
  • Vehicles with a valid disabled veteran plate.
  • Vehicles with a valid medal of honor plate.
  • Vehicles with a Congressional Medal of Honor plate.
New $5 processing fee (Michigan-registered vehicles only) »

$5 Convenience Fee for Michigan-registered vehicles only

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the DNR added a $5 convenience fee for Recreation Passport purchases (Michigan-registered vehicles only) made at state parks, DNR customer service centers and other designated areas. It can still be purchased for $11 (or $6 motorcycles) when purchased  at the time of the annual license plate renewal at the Secretary of State.

There are a few exemptions. The $5 convenience fee will not be applied to purchases made at/or:

  • Belle Isle Park (it will be assessed beginning Jan. 1, 2019).
  • non-resident Recreation Passports.
  • non-street-legal vehicles at the ORV area at Silver Lake State Park (Oceana County). 
  • non-annual renewing vehicles (ie. historical/authentic vehicles, street-legal moped, tribal government plates, school buses, dealer plates, temporary plates, manufacture plates, non-profit organization plate (Y) plates.
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.