How to Obtain a Golden Age Passport

eHow may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story. Learn more about our affiliate and product review process here.

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass allows people age 62 and older to visit all of the federal recreation sites that charge an entrance fee. The pass, which replaced the Golden Age Passport, costs $10 and never expires. Passes are easy to obtain at any federal recreation site or office.


Step 1

Present valid photo identification to the attendant. To qualify for a senior pass, you must be at least 62 years old, a U.S. citizen and a permanent resident.

Step 2

Pay the $10 fee. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, at least 80 percent of the pass proceeds are used for improvements to visitor recreational services.


Step 3

According to the USGS, the senior pass is honored by the Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation at sites where entrance or standard amenity fees are charged.


The senior pass provides a 50 percent discount on some expanded amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching and specialized interpretive services, according to the National Park Service.


Report an Issue

screenshot of the current page

Screenshot loading...