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Senior Discounts and Passes

California State Parks Pass Sales Office - Will be closed on the following holidays: 

Monday, December 24, 2018 at 12:30pm and Tuesday, December 25, 2018 for Christmas Holiday

Reopening on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 9:00am 

Monday, December 31, 2018 at 12:30pm and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for New Year's Day

Reopening on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 9:00am 


SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT

For persons 62 years of age or older. Proof of age based on valid state-issued driver license or other suitable photo identification. Permits year-round $1.00 discount for vehicle day use and a $2.00 discount for family camping in most California State Park operated units regardless of income status without the need to purchase any pass.

The discount does not apply to fees under $2.00 or oversize vehicle fees, extra vehicle fees and is not valid at units operated by local government, private agencies or concessionaires. It is not valid for per-person entry or tour fees (such as museums), special events, group sites, commercial use, or for supplemental fees and cannot be used in conjunction with any other pass and/or discount.


GOLDEN BEAR PASS - $5.00
Calendar Year (January - December)

Under the law, any qualifying person receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) [CA State Welfare and Institutions Code Section 12200]; any person receiving aid under the applicable aid codes in the CalWORKS Program; or any person 62 years of age or older with income limitations specified on the application form is eligible to receive the Golden Bear Pass.

The pass must be renewed each calendar year.  Entitles the bearer and spouse or registered domestic partner entry to most California State Park operated units where vehicle day use fees are collected at no charge.  The pass is not valid at units operated by local government, private agencies or concessionaires. It is not valid for per-person entry or tour fees (such as museums), boat use, camping,  group use or sites, special events, commercial use, additional/extra vehicle fees, or for supplemental fees and cannot be used in conjunction with any other pass and/or discount. Admittance and use subject to available space.  For complete Golden Bear Pass Program Terms and Conditions, click here.

2019 Golden Bear Pass Application - Valid January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.  For additional information, see footnote below.**

Download the 2019 Golden Bear Pass Application PDF icon

2018 Golden Bear Pass Application - Valid January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018:

Download the 2018 Golden Bear Pass Application PDF icon

Application may be made in person at designated locations of the California State Park System (please contact in advance to ensure availability) or the Park Pass Sales Office located at 1416 9th Street, Room 116, Sacramento, California.  Click here for a location map

For complete list of designated locations where Golden Bear Passes are issued, click here: AlphabeticalGeographical.

Or, send completed application with required documentation including copy of Photo ID and $5.00 check/money order payable to CA Dept. of Parks and Recreation to:

California State Parks
Attn:  Golden Bear Pass Program
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA  94296-0001

Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing. Once pass is received, you may use passcard for applicable benefits. The pass holder is required to present the Golden Bear Pass and a valid California Driver License or other suitable photo identification and to pay any supplemental fees at the park.

For questions or more information, please contact the Park Pass Sales Office at (800) 777-0369 ext. 2 or (916) 653-8280 or via email at passinfo@parks.ca.gov.

Note: A lost or damaged pass may be replaced only through reapplication and no refunds can be issued.

**2019 Golden Bear Passes (Valid January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019) will be issued starting Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in-person at designated locations. For complete list of designated locations where Golden Bear Passes are issued, click here: Alphabetical | Geographical

The Park Pass Office location (only) will begin processing mail-in applications starting December 1, 2018 in date order.  Please note, issued 2019 Golden Bear Passes will be mailed to pass holders starting Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in order of date received. This will allow ample time for the passes to be received by mail, with a reminder that passes are valid beginning January 1, 2019.

  Golden Bear

 


LIMITED USE GOLDEN BEAR PASS - $20.00
Calendar Year (Jan-Dec) / Non-Peak Season

Persons 62 years of age or older are eligible to receive the Limited Use Golden Bear Pass.  The pass entitles the holder and spouse or registered domestic partner entry to most California State Park operated units during non-peak season where vehicle day use fees are collected at no charge.

The pass must be renewed each calendar year.  It is not valid for use during the peak season from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day at most state parks, and the Friday before Labor Day through Memorial Day at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Picacho State Recreation Area and Salton Sea State Recreation Area.  The pass is not valid at units operated by local government, private agencies or concessionaires. It is not valid for per-person entry or tour fees (such as museums), boat use, camping, group use or sites, special events, commercial use, oversized vehicle fees, additional/extra vehicle fees, or for supplemental fees and cannot be used in conjunction with any other pass and/or discount.  Admittance and use subject to available space.  For complete Limited Use Golden Bear Pass Terms and Conditions, click here.

2019 Limited Use Golden Bear Pass Application - Valid January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.  For additional information, see footnote below.**

Download the 2019 Limited Use Golden Bear Pass Application PDF icon

2018 Limited Use Golden Bear Pass Application - Valid January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018:

Download the 2018 Limited Use Golden Bear Pass Application PDF icon

Application may be made in person at designated locations of the California State Park System (please contact in advance to ensure availability) or the Park Pass Sales Office located at 1416 9th Street, Room 116, Sacramento. Click here for a location map.

For complete list of designated locations where Limited Use Golden Bear Passes are issued, click here: Alphabetical | Geographical

Or, send completed application including copy of Photo ID and $20.00 check/money order payable to CA Dept. of Parks and Recreation to:

California State Parks
Attn:  Limited Use Golden Bear Pass Program
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA  94296-0001

Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.  Once pass is received, you may use passcard for applicable benefits. The pass holder is required to present the Limited Use Golden Bear Pass and a valid California Driver License or other suitable photo identification and to pay any supplemental fees at the park.

For questions or more information, please contact the Park Pass Sales Office at (800) 777-0369 ext. 2 or (916) 653-8280 or via email at passinfo@parks.ca.gov.

Note: A lost or damaged pass may be replaced only through reapplication and no refunds can be issued.

**2019 Limited Use Golden Bear Passes (Valid January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019) will be issued starting Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in-person at designated locations. For complete list of designated locations where Limited Use Golden Bear Passes are issued, click here: Alphabetical | Geographical

The Park Pass Office location (only) will begin processing mail-in applications starting December 1, 2018 in date order.  Please note, issued 2019 Limited Use Golden Bear Passes will be mailed to pass holders starting Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in order of date received. This will allow ample time for the passes to be received by mail, with a reminder that passes are valid beginning January 1, 2019 as applicable.

  Limited Use Golden Bear

 


FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more information, please contact the Park Pass Sales Office at (800) 777-0369 ext. 2 or (916) 653-8280 or via email at passinfo@parks.ca.gov.