What is the Access Pass?
It is a lifetime pass - available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability -- that provides access to recreation areas managed by five Federal agencies. It also provides the pass owner a discount on some amenity fees such as camping (see Access Pass Benefits section).
What does it cost and how long is it valid?
The Access Pass is free, and it is valid for the lifetime of the pass owner.
Who qualifies for the Access Pass?
The pass may be issued to U.S. citizens or permanent residents that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability that severely limits one or more major life activities. A permanent disability is a permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
If I am partially disabled do I qualify for the Access Pass?
The disability requirements for the Access Pass are not based on percentage of disability. To qualify for the Pass the disability must be permanent and limit one or more major life activities.
How do I prove I'm permanently disabled?
Some examples of acceptable documentation include:
An Access Pass can be obtained in person from a participating Federal recreation site or office.
Can my permanently disabled child get an Access Pass?
Yes. This allows the caregivers to enter Federal Recreation sites for free when accompanying the child.
Why can’t I order an Access Pass online or through the mail?
You must obtain the Pass in person because the official issuing the Access Pass must review the documentation of your disability and verify your residency.
What does the Access Pass cover?
The Access Pass admits pass owner/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, where per-person fees are charged. (Children under 16 are always admitted free.) Note: Photo identification will be requested to verify pass ownership.
The Access Pass also provides the pass owner a discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees such as camping (see Access Pass Benefits section).
Where is the Access Pass honored?
The Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation honor the Access Pass at sites where entrance or standard amenity fees are charged.
In addition, the Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority may honor the Access Pass. (Visitors are always encouraged to contact the site they plan to visit and inquire about pass acceptance before visiting).