On Veterans Day 2022, the National Park Service will unveil a lifetime pass providing free entrance to national parks for Veterans and their families. The Interagency Military Lifetime Pass waives entrance fees for the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and standard amenity recreation fees for the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sites for current military service members and their dependents, Veterans and Gold Star Families.

Veterans and their families have free access to approximately 2,000 public locations spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands, which host activities to fit any lifestyle—from serene to high octane, including hiking, fishing, paddling, biking, hunting, stargazing, camping, and much more.

The Military Pass has been expanded to include a pass that does not expire for Veterans and Gold Star Family members. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2022 authorized a free lifetime pass to national parks and other federal recreational lands for eligible Veterans and Gold Star Families. In recent years, they were able to receive annual passes.

Are you eligible?

For purposes of this program, a Veteran is identified as an individual who has served in the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserve, and is able to present one of the following forms of valid (unexpired) identification:

Gold Star Families are next of kin of a member of the United States Armed Forces who lost his or her life in a “qualifying situation,” such as a war, an international terrorist attack, or a military operation outside of the United States while serving with the United States Armed Forces.

The America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass (Interagency Pass) Program

The Interagency Pass Program includes a free annual pass for active-duty members of the U.S. Military and their dependents. Current Military service members must show a valid (unexpired) Department of Defense ID. Dependents of current service members must show a valid (unexpired) DD Form 1173 AD or DEC.

Other free or discounted passes, including some lifetime passes, are available for persons with permanent disabilities, fourth grade students, volunteers and senior citizens age 62 years or older.

How to get your Interagency Pass

Interagency Passes can be obtained in person while visiting a participating site. Visit Places to Get Interagency Passes for a searchable list and be sure to contact the site before you go, to make sure they are open and have passes in stock. In addition, Military passes, as well as those for seniors and persons with permanent disabilities, are available online through the USGS Online Store with an additional processing fee. Existing passes remain valid. You do not need to obtain a new pass if you already have a Lifetime Senior or Access Pass.

For more information about eligibility and passes, visit Free Entrance to National Parks for Veterans and Gold Star Families (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).

The participating agencies also offer several fee-free days for everyone throughout the year to mark days of celebration and commemoration. Examples of fee-free days include the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., National Public Lands Day, Veterans Day and the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act.

Fee-free days and fee policies vary among the agencies, so it’s best to check the agency website or contact the site you plan to visit in advance of your trip.



By Courtesy of the National Park Service

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  1. William Sandstrom November 29, 2022 at 11:14 am - Reply

    I went to Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area in Las Vegas Nevada, Had my DL, Digital Vet ID, (the only form of ID the VA gives out anymore), and My DD Form 214. I was told by the attendant I needed a hard card from the VA to get my Pass. I was also told The National Park Service is administering this.
    Why is it so difficult to do something that should be so simple? I have only used one thing of my VA benefits in 40 years being a Vet, my Loan on my house and had to fight to get that. I guess I should have expected this! FUBAR people FUBAR

  2. Paul Lally November 28, 2022 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Went to Illinois Waterway in Ottawa Illinois and got the pass in five minutes.

  3. Dr. Turner Ray Roberts III, Ph.D. November 27, 2022 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Seeing is believing!

  4. raul flores November 27, 2022 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I’m in.. Pass

  5. Kathleen Bennett ( ROBERT) November 27, 2022 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    We’d like a Free Lifetime Pass.

  6. Richard F. Garcia November 27, 2022 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Yes, I would like to fill something out to qualify for a life time pass for all parks in the US!

  7. Bob November 27, 2022 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Could not believe how easy it was to get mine. The content in the paragraphs under the “How to get your Interagency Pass” heading worked great. Able to do via texting credentials. Pass and hangtag arrived on a Sat after texting my credentials on a Thu.

  8. Wylie phelps November 25, 2022 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    I drove to Holiday Ranch farm at Benbrook Lake, Benbrook and the employee was able to give me a one year pass (she was out of the lifetime passes until next year). It was quick and she was very polite and cheerful. I will go back to get the Lifetime pass at a later time. She also gave me a “look” pass to this COE park.
    Easy to get. Just so a search for where these are issued. My DL reflects veteran and so she declined to see my DD214 as a back up. Great experience

  9. Keith Allen November 25, 2022 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    How to apply?

  10. James Cala November 25, 2022 at 1:47 am - Reply

    Sounds good.

  11. David Adams November 24, 2022 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I would like to have a pass

  12. Terry E Dean November 23, 2022 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    All that info but don’t see where I can apply for a pass can you update me on getting a pass?

  13. Timothy Schryver November 23, 2022 at 11:56 am - Reply

    Can’t figure out how to get the free lifetime pass!!!!

    • richard d bergman November 24, 2022 at 8:14 am - Reply

      Go to listed locations, National Parks etc

  14. Carl L Waters November 23, 2022 at 9:00 am - Reply

    This says as of Veterans Day 2022 but I’ve had mine for years. Does this mean that I need to renew mine?

    • BRENT WATERS November 24, 2022 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      I think you’re good. At least I hope so, I’m in the same boat.

  15. NOT GIVEN November 22, 2022 at 7:18 pm - Reply


    • Timothy Clay November 23, 2022 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      Same here.

  16. Leland D Smith November 22, 2022 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    I know the answer is here and I’m just missing it but how do I get my pass? I’m a veteran with a VHIC.

    Thanks in advance for your help,

    Lee Smith

    • BRENT WATERS November 24, 2022 at 1:49 pm - Reply

      Your VHIC card will work. Unfortunately, you sometime have a hoop or 2 to go thru but you’ll get in free.

  17. Not a Cucumber November 22, 2022 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    And all it took was being denied Veterans Assistance for the tenth time because every administration in our history seems to refuse to care for the people they send out to fight other country’s wars.

  18. Brad Bradford November 22, 2022 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    I thank you for finally understanding that many of us disabled veterans do not receive info. concerning how to obtain national/state park passes & here we are! I may be able to obtain a permanent national park pass for my country I fought for. I am a 100% disabled veteran of the USCG and reside in Maine for good and I thank whom of you recognized that it would be a great, thoughtful benefit for all retired and/or disabled veterans!

  19. Kwasi F., USN(ret) November 22, 2022 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Thank you for these services to veterans!! Every bit counts & is appreciated!

    Kwasi F., USN(ret)

  20. Charles Blackburn November 21, 2022 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    For what it is worth. I do have an access card. I planned to go fishing at mauldin park located on lake Texarkana. I called the park to check and see if it was okay for me to fish from the bank inside the park. I was told I would be required to pay for a campsite before being able to fish. I was told I could get the site for 12 dollars. I explained I would only be fishing for three or four hours. This made no difference. I then asked if I brought my boat and used their boat ramp to launch. I got the same story about the campsite. I then asked why I could launch from Atlanta state park with no fee. I was told they are different in their regulations. I believe one should be able to bank fish and when needed be able to use the boat ramp without a fee. So as I see it the access card doesn’t help.

  21. Darla R staebler November 21, 2022 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    so this is onlty for National Parks, and not state? Like Custer state park?

  22. LAWRENCE November 21, 2022 at 3:17 pm - Reply


  23. Keith Mandahl November 21, 2022 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    What of us who have already purchased an “America the Beautiful Lifetime Senior Pass” for $80.00. Is a reimbursement in order, or S.O.L.?

  24. Greg November 21, 2022 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    I see a lot of comments below about no path to getting the pass. It is true that it is a little convoluted but if you look in the paragraph that says “How to get your Interagency Pass”. There is a link (indicated by blue text) that says “Places to get Interagency passes”. That link will take you to a page that lets you select which state you are in and will identify all the places that issue the passes. It has another link on that page (also blue text) that is for the “USGS Online Store”. That is where you purchase the pass online. It cost $10.

  25. Chuck November 21, 2022 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Will this cover parking at the boat launch

  26. L. konkus November 20, 2022 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Sounds like the free pass cost $ 10.00. If I go to the park, it”s $ 15.00 gas. thanks a lot.

  27. Lynn November 20, 2022 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Doesn’t tell where and how I get my life time park card.

  28. Spicuzza November 20, 2022 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    What is the mentality of offering this free lifetime pass to nat’l parks and only offering information on how to get our military I.D. ? Why isn’t there a place to actually get to the free pass sight? Why does all the VA stuff have to be a game with the VA? It does nothing other than frustrate us.
    See Cecotti November 18, 2022.

    • James Francis November 21, 2022 at 6:53 pm - Reply

      hey brother, it states just go to a park and ask. I got mine at the Arch in St Louis. No problem what so ever. I had purchased a ticket, in advance, to go to the top, they reimbursed me the cost, applied the discount and reissued the ticket. There are still some cost associated with access,

    • Glenn November 22, 2022 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      I drove up to the gate pass at Joshua Tree and showed them my VA health card, passed the lady $10 and got an on the spot Lifetime Pass.
      I was hoping for reindeers and sparkling Twinklebells but was told they were all on break, so all I got was four days of unbelievable starlight forever.

      Suck it up, recruit. That’s it. Do it.

  29. michael k loewe November 20, 2022 at 11:40 am - Reply

    va sends this with no link and no way of actually getting this pass or instructions

    [Editor: There are several links inside the story. Please click for more information.]

  30. Gary Baker November 20, 2022 at 11:23 am - Reply

    does this include for hunting in the National Forests?

  31. Priscilla Sparks November 20, 2022 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I think I already have this, is there a way of checking a system to see if I’m listed. I’m retired Air Force, disabled Veteran and VA patient. I have my retired military ID and VA patient ID card.

  32. Chuck Davis November 20, 2022 at 6:29 am - Reply

    Thanks VA and National Park Service.
    God Bless America

    (I already have a free Senior pass – but thanks for recognizing all veterans.)

  33. Roberto A Collado November 19, 2022 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    How is this card FREE when we are being charged $80 to get one?

    • beth congrove November 21, 2022 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Go to the bottom for the Veterans Lifetime Pass …. it’s $10, not free, but it depends on how often you’ll use it.

  34. Anton Maichl November 19, 2022 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Tried to register and get a pass for veteran but site not working- the dropdown menu for branch of service is not working so it wont ket me go on.

  35. Chris November 19, 2022 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    There are lots of versions of the Free Access pass. If you are over 60 and like to camp, the Senior Pass, although it costs $85, is worth it. The Se for pass allows free entry to the National Parks and Monuments AND gives you 50% off on individual campsites. (Yurts, cabins and group sites not included.)

  36. John E. Sellers November 19, 2022 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    We have a very large veteran community that lives around Military Bases. It would be great if us vets could go to a ticket and tour office on a Base or Post and get the pass.

  37. Charles Harold November 19, 2022 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Good News! Vets should have this boon for Vets and their families!

  38. David Soule November 19, 2022 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Where is the camping? I called the Forest Service but they say no discounts on camping. It would be excellent if camping is included!

  39. David Soule November 19, 2022 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    “Veterans and their families have free access to approximately 2,000 public locations spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands, which host activities to fit any lifestyle—from serene to high octane, including hiking, fishing, paddling, biking, hunting, stargazing, camping, and much more.”

    Where is the camping? I called the Forest Service but they say no discounts on camping. It would be excellent if camping is included!

  40. Glen Matteson November 19, 2022 at 11:46 am - Reply

    The way I read this Bill was if you already have a VA ID, then you only have to show that at one of the federal parks etc. to gain entrance. I don’t believe you need a special park pass to get in these areas. But you can apply for a VA ID online anytime and you can print it out so you don’t have to wait.

  41. Ronald C Howard November 19, 2022 at 11:24 am - Reply

    I am a Vietnam Veteran how and where can I get the pass for the Federal Parks, Thank You, Ronald Howard

  42. M Soules November 19, 2022 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Frankly, the comments in here scare me. Our country’s security was in the hands of people who read a well-written article describing who qualifies and how to get one then ask, “Do I qualify?” and “How do I get one?” or complain that the VA is playing games. Our recruiting standards must not have included reading comprehension.

    Right there in big bold letters: Are you eligible? and How to get your Interagency Pass.

    Thanks for your service, but oh, brother.

  43. Edward Torres November 18, 2022 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    This is great news, my wife and I love U.S.A. National Parks

  44. Thomas Cole November 18, 2022 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    VA makes everything complicated.

    • M Soules November 19, 2022 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Yeah, that “Go to the park and get one free” is pretty complicated.

    • Dave November 19, 2022 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      The VA isn’t complicating this. It is the National Park Service that is offering the free pass. The VA is only offering to help vets get a VA identification that will work to obtain a pass from the Parks Service of you don’t already have ID that identifies you as a veteran. They are offering you a solution and a service.

  45. Joseph Styczynski November 18, 2022 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Here is a url to purchase a lifetime military pass, I contacted a ranger at Acadia National Park, one of the designated sites. The cost is $10.00 bucks for processing, if you go to the park with id in hand there is no charge.
    This process is how to do it online without having to go to the park

  46. Russ Jobe November 18, 2022 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    I live in Minnesota and I’m looking forward to getting a pass to the National Park’s, I have a 100% disability If you could let me know where to get, the pass!

  47. Cecotti November 18, 2022 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    What is the mentality of offering this free lifetime pass to nat’l parks and only offering information on how to get our military I.D. ? Why isn’t there a place to actually get to the free pass sight? Why does all the VA stuff have to be a game with the VA? It does nothing other than frustrate us.
    Well, thanks for nothing (again).

    • M Soules November 19, 2022 at 8:35 am - Reply

      I suppose you didn’t read this part? Sheesh. You want them to come to your house? Why expend taxpayer money to fund the infrastructure for a website? Just to the park and get one.

      How to get your Interagency Pass
      Interagency Passes can be obtained in person while visiting a participating site. Visit Places to Get Interagency Passes

    • Dave November 19, 2022 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      The VA isn’t the one offering the free passes. They are reporting that the National Parks Service is offering them. All the VA is saying is that you can get a VA card which is acceptable identification that can be used to obtain the pass from the Parks Service if you lack another method of identification.

    • Gary Baker November 20, 2022 at 11:25 am - Reply

      it isn’t difficult, just take your military ID, or veterans ID and present it to the ranger at the entrance to the park. you will get a pass on the spot.

  48. Robert Collins November 18, 2022 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    I have my Veterans designation on a state-issued U.S. driver’s license or identification card and other documents if needed. How do I apply for a lifetime pass to national forests?

  49. Richard A. Seeger November 18, 2022 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    This is an outstanding program for all Veterans and Gold Satr Families!

  50. Gerald R. Chrastil November 18, 2022 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    I would like to know where and how I can apply for a free pass to National Parks? I am a 100% service connected veteran and live in Lincoln, Nebraska.

  51. Richard W Loop Sr November 18, 2022 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    i live in northwest Indiana, where can i go to get the pass

  52. Rodney R Dibble November 18, 2022 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    I,m a veteran us army and a senior 64 Year old Minnesota

  53. Janice November 18, 2022 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    My husband was a Veteran and 100% disabled. I am his spouse and my husband pass away 2 years back. Am I eligible to receive the free pass to state parks


    • Bobbie Jo Baglin November 19, 2022 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      I lost my pass card so how do I get a replacement? or do I have to reapply?

  54. Frederick L Eades November 18, 2022 at 7:13 am - Reply

    I live in Dyersburg, TN where is the nearest park I can pick-up my pass?

  55. Alfred M Collins November 17, 2022 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    I would to have more information r: The National Parks Free Pass

    • Manuel Canino November 20, 2022 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      Retired ID ????

  56. Homer Money November 17, 2022 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    How can I get a VHIC I’m being seen at the VA med clinic in Searcy,Ar.

  57. Eddie Adame November 17, 2022 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    I’m a disabled veteran and wanted know if I qualify

    • Daniel Draper November 24, 2022 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      You qualify. Just goto a National Park and show your VA medical card and ask for the lifetime pass

  58. Edward Lopez November 17, 2022 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    My son is my Caregiver and my question to you is can he get a card as well ? Reason being is at 99 years old I can’t get around by myself anymore. Hence my son Gabe who not only helps me get around he actually watches everything I do. So for me to use a card like this I would have to rely on that Gabe would want to go as well. Can’t go if he doesn’t come along.

    • James Carl November 18, 2022 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      99 yrs old…wow!! I’d love to hear the stories you must have

  59. Luis Tijerina November 17, 2022 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    how can I apply online for a pass

    • Joseph Styczynski November 18, 2022 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Go to this address, go down the page and cklick on military passes, click button that says check eligibility, at that point you will be in the usgs (US government store) you will have to upload a copy of your veteran id, and will cost $10 bucks for processoing, if you go to a national park with id on hand irs free

  60. Frank Uhle (FU) November 17, 2022 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Screw your whole system!!!!!!

  61. Wade Ray November 17, 2022 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Does this mean I do not need a fishing license and or a hunt license?

    • James Carl November 18, 2022 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      Wade, if you are at least 50% disabled through the VA you can apply for a hunting/fishing license through your local VA office. It’s a lifetime license & should only be $100 to $125 one time. Mine was $110 here in NC

    • Raymond Turner November 18, 2022 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      If u live in Texas and 100% your hunting and fishing license or free

  62. Stefanie Green November 17, 2022 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    I’m just a vet, but I might be able to clear up some of these questions. This program is new because it is for all veterans, all veterans. The previous life, Time passes were for 100% disabled, Purple Heart, POW, and some other exceptions. Veterans outside of this category were previously allotted one year passes which had to be renewed. They are now offering lifetime passes for all veterans. I think this is wonderful as all veterans should have the use of national parks for free, along with firefighters policeman, and possibly some other public servants. Congratulations veterans we have been heard. !!!

  63. Robert Thompson November 17, 2022 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Are family eligible?

  64. Linda Saling November 17, 2022 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    My husband had a Golden Age Pass but lost it a couple of years ago. He has recently started receiving VA benefits and his VA medical care. But…they say (In Florida VA office) that he has to wait til he gets up to Ohio this coming summer before he applies for his Free Lifetime Military Pass. His Drivers’ License and legal address in in Ohio, even though he lives in Florida for 7 months and in Ohio for 5 months. Is there any way the VA can assist him in getting his pass before this coming summer?

  65. Roger D . Williams November 17, 2022 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    I would like a card for all parks

  66. Nicholas J Pate November 17, 2022 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Is this different than the free lifetime pass I got a couple years ago?? This article makes it sound like something new but I got one years ago….I am not sure what the requirements were when I got it. Maybe it was a free lifetime pass for wounded vets??? I am a purple heart recipient, maybe that was it?? Anyway, they sent me the pass and a decal that is supposed to be hung on your rearview mirror for parking etc (which may answer some of those asking why you just cant show your id when entering)

    • Bellow Wood November 18, 2022 at 11:25 am - Reply

      Yeah, I availed of this program last year, and I ‘m just a regular former military no combat no injuries (just the good memories) but I guess last year they didn’t have enough cards to issue out, so what you would do is just provide your VA card and or a Drivers License with VETERAN affixed (which you get thru the VA then present to DMV). and you got in for FREE.

  67. Ken November 17, 2022 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    I’m hearing that if you have service connected disability rating (per VA Health Benefits Card or other verified source) that the ACCESS Pass will give me added benefits, like discount on camping site fees and maybe other park amenities.? Where can I verify & find more info on this?

      • Ron M. November 17, 2022 at 5:34 pm - Reply

        Most federal campgrounds you receive 50% off.

        • John Goehner November 18, 2022 at 3:29 pm - Reply

          I was aboard the USS Galveston Navy ship from Nov. 1963-Nov. 1967. My VA records show that we were in Vietnam waters at this time and were exposed to Agent Orange.
          Can I get this Free Pass to these National Parks?
          And if so, how do I apply?

          Thanks, John

    • Robert Jordan November 18, 2022 at 8:17 am - Reply

      This is GOOD

  68. L W Calhoun, USMC November 17, 2022 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    I don’t have any of the documents listed above.

    I can get a copy of my DD-214.

    Will that do ?

    • James Carl November 18, 2022 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      You can get an ID from your local VA it’s free

  69. L W Calhoun, USMC November 17, 2022 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    I don’t have any of the documents listed above.

    I can get a copy of my DD-214.

    Will that do ?

    • Ron M November 17, 2022 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      You can not use the DD-214 but you can go to any VA hospital, walk in the front door, show your DD-214 and drivers license and they’ll issue you a picture VA card. With it you can get the pass. I got my pass at a rangers station in a National Forest.

  70. Bill Reid November 17, 2022 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I decided to go through the USGS Store. It was easy to get to but a bit of a hassle setting up my account and ordering. Probably due to my lack of computer savvy. Pass will be mailed to me in 7-21 days. Worth the $10 fee to me.

  71. sr November 17, 2022 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Thank you

  72. Arthur M Hibner November 17, 2022 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Why not just accept active military or veterans IDs. KISS!!!

    • Joe Welcome November 18, 2022 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Because it is a federal bureaucracy.

  73. Bob Beaulieu November 17, 2022 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    I already have the Park Pass as the 62 and older – it was $10 when I go it and now it’s $80. I have used it to a few places and it’s great! If I lost the card, I would need to pay the current price for a new one. This way, I’d get a new one for free! Very cool.

    You just need to show your vet card at the park station you’re going to and get it there for free with no extra charges. Everyone in your vehicle gets in for free!

    • Bill November 17, 2022 at 5:09 pm - Reply

      I had never heard of this pass if not for the woman at the gate I showed my va service connection disability card to I would have never got it !!!
      It’s shameful how this country gos out of its way to stick their veterans out of something every chance they get

  74. Thomas Aspinwall November 17, 2022 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    My husband and I go to Sturgis, bad lands and Custer, National Parks DO NOT HONOR free entrance to the National partks! even with and ID, Military or otherwise!

    • Stefanie Green November 17, 2022 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      I go to Sturgis to, and I found out that Custer is a state park not a national park. Therefore it is not covered under the pass and also parking at some venues is not covered, but is for most.

    • Michael Hafke November 18, 2022 at 7:59 am - Reply

      I’m retired military (Army 26 years) and have been to numerous National Parks including the Badlands twice. I’ve never had an issue getting in for free.
      Maybe you had a new park Ranger working the front entrance.

  75. Annette L Rocha November 17, 2022 at 2:40 pm - Reply


    • Ron M. November 17, 2022 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      If he lost his life during war or a campaign you can.
      Other ways if you are 62 or disabled you can.
      Or everyone can buy an America the Beautiful annual access pass for $80. If you like to camp, it’ll pay for itself in one trip.

    • Annette L Rocha November 18, 2022 at 11:37 am - Reply


  76. Rick Hane November 17, 2022 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Make it clear and simple to apply on line here for the veterans lifetime pass! This definitely does NOT do that!

    • Olivia November 17, 2022 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      My husband had 100% disability rating. As a wife, am I qualified for these passes?

      Thank you.

      • Fred Brungardt Jr. November 17, 2022 at 4:20 pm - Reply

        I’d like to apply for the free card

  77. Theresa L Todd November 17, 2022 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Really Appreciate this site, there’s always something of interest & now this info on National Parks offering free pass to them is well-deserved by those eligible. I proudly keep my Veteran ID card w/me at all times right next to my driver’s license.

  78. Pipeline Drive November 17, 2022 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    It’s already posted but here it is again: If a government issued military ID, or veteran status on a state driver’s license, is required to get the pass, why not just use that without the additional requirements? But at least this veteran’s perk is available to all vets and not just disabled vets (like 99% of VA benefits). A better name for the VA is DVA: Disabled Veterans Affairs. ALL veterans should have all benefits and disabled veterans should have these plus additional benefits they require for their disabilities.

  79. Elwood Fennimore November 17, 2022 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    I am a disabled combat veteran of the Korean war. I am 90 years old and dont know where I can get my pass. My wife is
    my full provider.

    • Ron M. November 17, 2022 at 5:45 pm - Reply

      Every national forest has a ranger station. Just walk in the front door and the receptionist will take care of you and issue you a card in a few minutes. Make sure you have your VA id.

    • John T Mason November 18, 2022 at 10:21 am - Reply

      Would like to correspond with you. I am 91, Sgt. USMC. Combat Vet, Korean War. Was good friends of some Fennimore’s in Scouting, back in 1945-1948

  80. George Williams November 17, 2022 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Will a DD-214 make me eligible

    • Stefanie Green November 17, 2022 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      I got mine with a DD 214. Just make sure you have a picture ID. I also did this in person, so I’m not sure if you can do this on the computer

  81. Norma Nieves-Blas November 17, 2022 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    As a Five- year WIDOW of a US Vietnam Veteran and a retired Senior, Do I Need to Apply for these Passes?

    • Ogden November 17, 2022 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Sure, if you want one.

  82. Joseph Styczynski November 17, 2022 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    There is absolutely no valid information on how to obtain the veterans lifetime pass to National Parks, roll out was not ready for prime time

  83. SF November 17, 2022 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    My husband died on AD and left me and 3 young children behind (18 mo, and 2x 5yos). Yet we don’t fit your definition of Gold Star due to the cause of death. Parks are cathartic for all military family survivors irrespective of how our AD loved ones died.

  84. Shawn Fishel November 17, 2022 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Well, this is pretty damn cool. I see a lot of complaints on here but come on this couldn’t be easier. You go to your local BLM office or to the park that you were going to visit anyway and get the pass. If, for some reason, you can’t wait and have to have it before you go it costs $10 bucks to have it processed online. You are paying for the convenience not the actual card. Too easy.

  85. LCPL Sebastian Drumpf November 17, 2022 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    I got mine this summer and used it at Olympic national park.

    Flew into Seattle, took the rail from airport to the ferry dock going to Bainbridge island, then took a bus from Clallam transit called the Strait Shot straight to Port Angeles, then hopped on a shuttle to the Visitor Center up top in the Olympic range.

    Oh, and i just walked into a local National Forest office presented my IDs and got one. Easy.

    Thank you National Parks!!!

  86. Lu Kay November 17, 2022 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    I agree with one of the commenters below. You need to go to your local agency to get your pass.


    Click on the link to find yours. Follow the directions.

  87. Dean Wilson November 17, 2022 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I have been using the Interagency Pass for the past 15 years…this not something New.

    The Pass is Lifetime and never needs to be renewed. It works at National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, US Army Corp of Engineers.

  88. Carl Corning November 17, 2022 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Amen Brother!

  89. JD Yuna November 17, 2022 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Judging by some of the comments here, some of you vets need to grow up and if you have something to say, do it in a constructive manner and contact the OPR for this directly.

    As a retired Mustang Officer since the Nam until I retired in 1997, really tired of you expecting the world and this nation to owe you anything past what you deserve. We got paid, some of us compensated with education benefits and for those of us career types, disability pay deducted from our retirements as non-taxable income.

    Beyond that and my military retirement, all else is gravy and most I will never use.

    Considering the present Democratic Party is sticking it to use vets once again and we are now less than 10% of the US population, we are now back where we were as Nam vets or worse yet, survivors of the Korean War.

    Again, respond with facts to this offer’s OPR and let’s look like we are not a part of the despicable rabble we all cam home to and truly care less about us until they are drafted for the coming World War.

    • James Christensen November 17, 2022 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks You! Well said.

      • Lance Corporal DL November 17, 2022 at 3:04 pm - Reply

        As someone who’s sat on bricks & bricks of $100 dollar bills meant for Iraqis and Afghans, I can tell you all the complaining for FREE stuff is well worth the effort. any FREE stuff , not just for vets but for all Americans.

  90. David H November 17, 2022 at 11:49 am - Reply

    I used to work for the parks and I believe the charges were only for camping. Would be really interested if you actually were charged entrance fees with an America The Beautiful Pass. It seems maybe at some parks you could have still had to pay for others in your party. It would come down to park by park rules regarding some things, which I am pretty well removed from now. One example that comes to mind is if a Cave Tour was run by a vendor, maybe you wouldn’t have gotten free admission in that case, and paid a reduced amount for the tour ticket.

  91. Dorys E Jackson November 17, 2022 at 11:41 am - Reply

    How do Igo about to get the free park pass “military lifetime” online…what is the website?

  92. Robert Bryan November 17, 2022 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Still laughing, 45 seconds in the video they say veteran’s and gold star family’s are not eligible. I doubt they will even publish my comments.

    • Bob Carlson November 17, 2022 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      Saw that! I think he meant to say NOW, instead of not.

  93. Don Hunt November 17, 2022 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Lots and Lots of complainers on here!! If you read the instructions you wouldn’t need to complain! It says go to a park (make sure it is open and has passes on hand) or FOR A FEE you can get it ONLINE. The previous Act I believe was only for disabled veterans with a valid VA disability card that said “service connected”, now it is open to ALL VETERANS, it is not a scam, there is no red tape, and it only takes a few minutes at the guest desk at a park. Quit whining and act like a veteran should act, with dignity!

    • Harry Thompson November 27, 2022 at 7:26 am - Reply

      Well said ! Its like cutting wood measure twice cut once. If we don’t understand lets just take a step back and read it again to try and understand.Try what they are telling us to do. As always if that doesn’t work Ask!

  94. Vinayakumari George November 17, 2022 at 11:27 am - Reply

    My husband Gabriel N. George was a Veteran. Passed away in 2010. Will the family be eligible to get free access national parks?

  95. Barry Lancette November 17, 2022 at 11:24 am - Reply

    I have been trying for two days to get my Military Pass. I was able to get an account and log on and enter all info and download proof. I even received a email back saying that my eligibility has been verified. It tells me to click on the USGS site to complete my order. However, for two days whenever I click on the link it tells me that the USGS site is under maintenance.. So I called the phone number and have now been on hold for over 20 minutes. This is terrible service and there doesn’t seem to be a solution. I want to get my lifetime pass from the USGS store as then my pass will have my name on it.

    Please advise me as to what I should do

  96. William Fernow November 17, 2022 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Is my Golden Age Passport still effective? Or do I need to get the new Interagencey Pass?

  97. Will November 17, 2022 at 11:10 am - Reply

    This was already enacted back in November 2020 by the previous administration. I went to Harper’s Ferry, WV 2 years ago and showed my Maryland driver’s license that had my veteran status on it, and they immediately issued me one of these cards. There was literally no reason to pass a new act unless it was to try to signal some kind of political statement.

    • Ned LEMIEUX November 17, 2022 at 11:35 am - Reply

      At that time, only disabled vets could get the card with the unlimited access.
      Please check yourself.

    • Julie November 17, 2022 at 11:53 am - Reply

      I got mine in 2014…They did away with the program for a little while, though if you have a card already you are good to go. Don’t make this a political thing. No one cares.

  98. John Gombita November 17, 2022 at 11:10 am - Reply

    I have a valid Pa. drivers license with the designated veterans id on it, do I just present this at any of the National Parks admissions or do I have to do anything further to get in for free?

  99. Clement P Busch November 17, 2022 at 11:08 am - Reply

    It is a scam like everything else with the VA.

  100. Roger Swearingen November 17, 2022 at 11:04 am - Reply

    This is SO WONDERFUL & soo appreciated! My husband is so proud of his service in the U. S. Airforce for 21 yrs. We are very excited to be able to use this pass ! Thank you so very much .
    Best regards,
    Roger Swearingen & family

  101. Betty McClanahan November 17, 2022 at 11:00 am - Reply

    They say it’s a free card to get into The National parks but then there’s an $80 card you have to buy does that make sense

  102. Gary D Carpenter November 17, 2022 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Is this different than the National Parks lifetime pass?

  103. Guy L Walker November 17, 2022 at 10:59 am - Reply

    hmm.. when i put the Military card in my cart, as instructed, it shows $10 with a $5 processing fee… how is that free?

  104. Lorraine Bernadyn November 17, 2022 at 10:45 am - Reply

    It’s $80 to get this pass. So much for FREE.

  105. John Madden IV November 17, 2022 at 10:42 am - Reply

    When I saw this, I went out and applied and have received my card. However, it is a annual pass and expires in a year. Sounds like “lifetime pass” is no so and will have to keep re-applying every year. I’m going to find out what the deal is.

  106. David Berran November 17, 2022 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Why do we have to go to a park to get the pass? I don’t live near one so going to one would be part of a special trip. To go there and find out that they have no clue about the free pass program for vets is nuts! Why can’t you set up an application process online to obtain the pass, everything else is done online, this makes no sense!

  107. Greg November 17, 2022 at 10:22 am - Reply

    Why can’t you just show your veterans card at each park? Why the need to have a pass ,?

    • Felix Velez November 17, 2022 at 11:08 am - Reply

      Why not just show the veteran’s ID card. Save the money creating a new card.

    • Guest November 17, 2022 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      Pass can be displayed in the park. You aren’t going to display your card for personal information reasons, etc.

  108. John J. Potts November 17, 2022 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Post my first comment. Post it. Why should I show “moderation” with the truth?

    Moderation: The avoidance of excess or extremes, especially in one’s behavior or political opinions:
    “he urged them to show moderation”

  109. RichB November 17, 2022 at 10:16 am - Reply

    So is there any benefit for a service-connected disability Access Pass holder to get this Veteran’s card?

  110. marshall ortiz November 17, 2022 at 10:15 am - Reply

    where do i apply I’m 100 disabled

    • Will November 17, 2022 at 11:13 am - Reply

      If you have a veteran status on your state issued ID (i.e., driver’s license), show it to the park ranger at the gate on entry and they should just give you one.

    • PJ November 17, 2022 at 11:20 am - Reply

      Same here. I got mine at the gate of the Petrified forest in AZ. Have used same card at several other Parks since. All I did was show the gate guy my VA card and he made one up on the spot. Took 5 mins. Free

  111. Robert Speer, November 17, 2022 at 10:14 am - Reply

    How do you apply for this card

  112. John J. Potts November 17, 2022 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Where is my first comment? Are you pulling a “Facebook”?

    • John J. Potts November 17, 2022 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Definition of moderation.

      The avoidance of excess or extremes, especially in one’s behavior or political opinions:
      “he urged them to show moderation”

    • John Gonzalez November 17, 2022 at 10:53 am - Reply

      While the free pass sounds great, many park like Mt Rushmore and Great Smokey Mountains now charge a parking fee which is not covered by the pass. Parking is now considered a concession which the pass espressly does not cover.

  113. John J. Potts November 17, 2022 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Another Governmental clusterf-ck, as far as I can tell. If it means another piece of governmental plastic in my wallet, you can keep it. You act like a group of E-4s trying to mop a floor. It will never be done correctly and the easy way will not enter your minds. Easy way: A single card for retired/disabled veterans. Between Feds, State, and local officials I have 7 cards. WTF? BTW, I use VA benefits as little as I can. You folks abandoned me when I was at my worse medically. Look it up. You f-cking abandoned me. You f-cking abandoned me!!!

    • Diane November 23, 2022 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      Dear Mr. Potts,
      You were abandoned, as were so many vets, in time of need. I hear you. I am sorry for you. I hope things can be better for you going forward. I am the wife of a disabled vet, and understand your frustration and disappointment. Please never stop seeking help…every now and then a gem will appear.

  114. John Paul zwaduk November 17, 2022 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Would love to get one of these passes from the national park

  115. Mitchell K. Ray November 17, 2022 at 10:00 am - Reply

    I’m a veteran and did not know this program ever existed. I’m going to apply right now. Thank you.

    • mark reynolds November 17, 2022 at 10:41 am - Reply

      let me know how you apply online if you go that route……….thanks!

      • Rodger Seid November 17, 2022 at 11:49 am - Reply

        You can click on the link to the USGS where you can order the pass online. Make sure you click on the right one. Other options will cost more than the $10 processing fee.

        Of course, getting it in person is free as they have a ready stock of them (and rangers to staff the office), and don’t have to buy envelopes and postage.

        • mark reynolds November 25, 2022 at 6:51 pm - Reply

          I clicked the link to the USGS to order online. I see the Military passes available at the link but there is no ordering link online. I can only order online, there is no ordering online available.

  116. Frank V Davis November 17, 2022 at 9:54 am - Reply

    I had understood that vets were able to get the free lifetime pass since the beginning of the year, and had got that info from this site, the VA News. When I went to the local US Parks Office to obtain that pass they had no clue what I was talking about. I was told to come back at another time and maybe they’d have the info I was talking about including any forms that I would have to fill out. Over the year, I went a total of 3 times and as of date they’ve received no information or forms concerning free lifetime passes for military vets. So, until they receive such information, this vet will not be able to obtain that free lifetime pass, even if the VA News says it is so. Although, since the News says it is so, again, I’ll be taking another trip to the local US Parks Office to see if they got the same info as the VA News. But isn’t that how government entities work, left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. It would be nice to be able to have access to the Parks, especially since not being able to, due to costs……..

    • Miles Constantine November 17, 2022 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      Take this information with you during your next visit. The program started on 11 Nov, and they may not have had the information available when you went. They can enter the website and respond accordingly. Hope this helps.


  117. Bruce Melillo November 17, 2022 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Please clear up my confusion. I currently have an Access America the