Interagency Military Pass

Cost: FREE

Annual Military Pass


  • Honored nationwise at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish and Wildlife Service sites charging an entrance fee or standard amenity fees.
  • Valid for 12 months from the month of issue. Expires the last day of the month punched.
  • Two people may be on the pass. 
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private, non-commercial vehicle. 
  • At per-person free areas, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge. 


  • The date is validated by the issuer at the time of issuance. The pass is not valid for use until at least one person signs the pass.


  • At staffed sites, show your pass to the booth attendant.
  • At unstaffed sites, use hangtag to display pass from rear-view mirror.
  • At per-person sites, present pass upon request.

Eligibility Requirements

Effective 11/11/2020

All cooperating agencies have agreed to expand the current interagency Military Pass to include both veterans and Gold Star Families. On November 11, 2020, the six participating agencies may begin issuing Military Passes to veterans and Gold Star Families. 

For purposes of this program, a veteran is identified as an individual who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, and is able to present one of the following forms of identification when entering or using federal lands:

  1. Department of Defense Identification Card (CAC Card)
  2. Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)
  3. Veteran ID Card
  4. Veterans designation on a state-issued U.S. driver’s license or identification card

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.

Gold Star Family members must download and print a voucher from

After printing, the Gold Star Family member must read the Self-Certification statement on the voucher, check the box affirming they are eligible for the program, and both print and sign their name.  Upon arriving at the recreation site, Gold Star Family members must present the signed and checked voucher along with their photo ID at staffed sites, or leave the voucher face up on the vehicle dashboard at unstaffed sites.

Other Important Details

  • Non-transferable. Two active member military members or dependents can sign and use the pass - both are considered pass holders. However, once signed, the pass may not be given or used by anyone whose name is not on the pass.
  • The pass belongs to the signer(s) only and he/she must be present to use the pass - photo ID may be required. 
  • Concessionaires may or may not honor the pass according to the terms of their current permit. 
  • Decals for open topped vehicles may be issued with this pass - Decals can only be used for motorcycles and open-topped vehicles at unstaffed sites. 
  • This pass does not cover expanded amenity fees or special recreation permits.