Annual Pass Purchase and Tax Deductible Contribution Program
Purchase a California State Parks $195 California Explorer Annual Pass When Filing Your California State Income Taxes
Now you can purchase a California State Parks $195 California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass when you file your California State Income Taxes by directing a portion of your refund to California State Parks. The first $195 of your contribution to the California State Parks Protection Fund buys the California Explorer Annual Pass that will grant access to over 130 State Parks operated parks and recreation areas that charge a Vehicle Day Use Fee. Plus, if you make a contribution above the price of the $195 California Explorer Annual Pass to the State Parks Protection Fund, your additional contributions are tax deductible on your 2017 State Income Taxes. With our new tax deduction program, supporting State Parks can be rewarding to your bottom line and your inner spirit.
For more information contact your income tax professional or use this link to email the California State Franchise Tax Board: Email Franchise Tax Board
You can also call the Franchise Tax Board Information Line toll free at 800-852-5711, available from 7am to 5pm, Monday through Fridays, except holidays.
Annual Passes purchased through the State Parks Protection Fund program will be mailed directly to the residence of the tax filer by California State Parks. See the Frequently Asked Questions at the right for more details.
Below is the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) description of the State Parks Protection Fund and our Annual Pass Purchase and Tax Deductible Contribution Program:
Code 423, State Parks Protection Fund
California residents can make a voluntary contributions to the funds listed on Form 540, Side 3 or Form 540A, Side 2.
You can contribute any amount to the State Parks Protection Fund/Parks Pass Purchase. To receive a single annual park pass, your contribution must equal or exceed $195. When applicable, FTB will forward your name and address from your tax return to the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) who will issue a single $195 California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass to you. Only one pass will be provided per tax return. You may contact DPR directly to purchase additional passes. If there is an error on your tax return in the computation of total contributions or if we disallow the contribution you requested because there is no credit available for the tax year, your name and address will not be forwarded to DPR. Any contribution to the State Parks Protection Fund/Parks Pass Purchase will be considered a voluntary contribution. Amounts contributed in excess of the parks pass cost may be deducted as a charitable contribution for the year in which the voluntary contribution was made. For more information, go to the Franchise Tax Board Website.
About the $195 California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass
The State Parks $195 California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is valid for motorcycles or passenger vehicles with a capacity of nine persons or less and is valid at over 130 California State Park operated units where vehicle day use fees are collected. Use the link on the right side to see what park units accept the California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass. The pass must be displayed on the rearview mirror or dashboard as applicable. The $195 California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is valid for 12 months from month of purchase. California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass Cost: $195
Note: The $195 California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is not honored at Off-Highway Vehicle units. The California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass is not valid for camping, oversize vehicle fees, extra vehicle fees or other supplemental fees such as for tours, swimming pools, sanitation dump use, boat use, or at parks charging per-person entry fees. Lost or stolen passes cannot be replaced and no refunds can be issued.