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The Recreation Passport is your key to accessing state parks and recreation areas, boating access sites, state forest campgrounds, thousands of miles of trails and other outdoor spaces – all year long!
The state's parks and recreation system is largely self-supporting. Funds derived from the Recreation Passport go right back into maintaining and improving the outdoor spaces we all love, and protecting natural resources for the next generation.
Check “YES“ for the Recreation Passport when you renew your license plate through the Secretary of State.
When purchased at the time of license plate registration renewal, your license plate tab will have the letter "P." When purchased at a different time, you'll receive a sticker that must be permanently affixed to the lower passenger-side windshield. The passport is valid for one year and/or until your license plate registration expires.
- Vehicles: $12 when purchased at time of license plate registration renewal through the Secretary of State. A two-year option is available for $24.
- Vehicles: $17 when purchased at state parks, most DNR customer service centers or at the Secretary of State outside your license plate registration renewal cycle. (passport fee + $5 convenience fee = $17).
- Motorcycles: $6 when purchased at time of your license plate registration renewal through the Secretary of State.
- Motorcycles: $11 when purchased at state parks, most DNR customer service centers or at the Secretary of State outside your license plate registration renewal cycle. (passport fee + $5 convenience fee = $11)
- Moped: $6 when purchased at state parks and most DNR customer service centers.
- Commercial daily pass: $18 when purchased at state parks (24k+ lbs and/or seating capacity of 16+).
- The purchase of a separate Recreation Passport is required for unhitched towed vehicles.
Things to keep in mind
- There's a $5 convenience fee (except for Belle Isle Park) when passports are not purchased at the time of your license plate registration renewal through the Secretary of State.
- Self-registration envelopes and fee pipes are available at many state parks, boating access sites and state forest campgrounds.
- A resident Recreation Passport cannot be purchased online.
- Annual: $39
- Daily: $11 - good for entry and re-entry to any state park for the day.
- Towed motor vehicle: $8 - required if unhitched vehicle is being driven at state parks (valid for length of stay). A nonresident annual pass is required for towing vehicle.
- Commercial daily pass: $20 - (24k+ lbs and/or seating capacity of 16+).
- A $5 convenience fee is not applied to nonresident passes.
Annual nonresident passports expire Dec. 31 of the year it was purchased. The annual passport sticker must be permanently affixed to your lower passenger-side windshield.
Where to purchase
- MiDNRReservations.com/Store (annual only with a 2-3 week processing time).
- Michigan state parks and recreation areas (annual, daily, towed vehicle and commercial).
- Most DNR customer service centers, (annual only) except Baraga, Bay City, and Marquette. Cash and checks only. No credit or debit cards.
- Self-registration envelopes and fee pipes at many state parks, boating access sites and state forest campgrounds (annual, daily and towed vehicle).
- Kiosks at Duck Lake State Park and Belle Isle Park (annual and daily).
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.
- School and public transit authority buses.
- Snowmobiles (Vehicles trailering or carrying snowmobiles still need a passport to enter or park).
- Michigan registered vehicles with a valid resident:
- Ex-prisoner of war plate.
- Disabled veteran plate.
- Medal of honor plate.
- Congressional Medal of Honor plate.
How to use your passport
You must display your Recreation Passport on your motor vehicle, motorcycle or commercial motor vehicle when entering or parking in any Michigan state park or recreation area, state forest campground, designated boating access site or parking lot, state-designated trailhead, recreation staging area or access site related to trails/pathways.
How the funds are used
- State parks and recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, trails and boat launches.
- Historic sites within state parks.
- Outdoor recreation facilities and opportunities.
- Local park improvements via Recreation Passport Grants.
Recreation Passport Grants
The purchase of a Recreation Passport not only gains you vehicle access many outdoor spaces, but 10% of the funds go toward the local grants program and back into local communities. Last year, nearly $2 million was awarded to local communities for local park development and improvement projects, such as playgrounds, sports and fitness facilities, walkways, trails and more. Learn more about the Recreation Passport Grants.