New Distinguished Veteran and Disabled Discount Passes

 

In an effort to protect public health and safety

as the state responds to the spread of novel coronavirus also known as COVID-19,

the California State Parks Pass Sales Office in Sacramento, California

is temporarily closed to the public as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

 

Annual Passes may be still be purchased by visiting the 

California State Parks Store or use the Contact Us option.  

  

We continue to accept Discount Pass applications by mail.  

You can mail your Discount Pass applications attention to:

Park Pass Sales Office, PO Box 942896, Sacramento, CA 94296 

 

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at parkpassinfo@parks.ca.gov.

 Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.

 

UPDATE (May 22, 2020): As access to the State Park System increases, State Parks advises Californians to recreate responsibly. Plan ahead, stay close to home, continue to practice physical distancing, avoid congregating with others outside of your immediate household and abide by the new COVID-19 visitor guidelines to limit the risk of exposure to the virus in the outdoors. Your actions save lives. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) has modernized the way it manages the Distinguished Veteran (DVP) and Disabled Discount (DDP) pass programs. On June 1, 2017, State Parks began issuing new credit card design passes for current DVP and DDP pass holders as part of its transition to California’s new reservation system: ReserveCalifornia™. 

Effective March 1, 2018 old cardstock Distinguished Veteran Passes and Disabled Discount Passes are no longer valid and will not be accepted for associated benefits.

Please see below for sample of new credit card style Distinguished Veteran Pass and Disabled Discount Pass.  In order to receive the applicable discount associated with these passes, individuals are required to reapply with a new application as denoted below.

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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.


Disabled Discount Pass - $3.50 fee:

Application may be made in person at designated locations (please contact in advance to ensure availability) or at 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 Disabled Discount Passes are issued, click here: Alphabetical | Geographical

Or, send completed application (see below) with required documentation including copy of Photo ID (interim/temporary not accepted) issued by the state or federal government or current school ID and $3.50 check/money order payable to CA Dept of Parks and Recreation to:

California State Parks
Attn:  Disabled Discount Pass Program
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, Ca 94296-0001

Please allow 8-10 weeks for processing mailed applications. Once pass is received, pass holder may use passcard for reservations and applicable benefits.  This is a lifetime pass and is valid for use of the pass holder only.  Although the benefits are lifetime, the pass holder's passcard will need to be renewed every five years.  The pass holder is required to present the Disabled Discount Pass and a valid California Driver License or other suitable photo identification, along with any campsite reservation, and to pay any supplemental fees at the park. 

 Download the Disabled Discount Pass Application (Accessible form when downloaded)pdf icon

For a detailed list of required documents pertaining to this application, click here.

Information relating to the 5-year renewal process for the passcard will be provided to the pass holder prior to the expiration date printed on current issued credit card style passcard (5-years from date of pass issuance).  Pass holder should notify the Park Pass Sales Office of any change of name, address, e-mail address, or telephone number in order to continue to receive benefits.


Distinguished Veteran Pass – no fee:

Applications are only processed at the Park Pass Sales Office either in person at 1416 9th Street, Room 116, Sacramento, California (Click here for a location map

Or, by mailing completed application with required documentation including copy of valid California Driver License or California Identification Card to:

California State Parks
Attn:  Distinguished Veteran Pass Program
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, Ca 94296-0001

Please allow 8-10 weeks for processing mailed applications. Once pass is received, pass holder may use passcard for reservations and applicable benefits.  This is a lifetime pass and is valid for use of the pass holder only.  Although the benefits are lifetime, the pass holder's passcard will need to be renewed every five years. The pass holder is required to present the Distinguished Veteran Pass and a valid California Driver License or California Identification Card, along with any campsite reservation or tour ticket, and to pay any supplemental fees at the park.

 Download the Distinguished Veteran Pass Application (Accessible form when downloaded)pdf icon

For a detailed list of required documents pertaining to this application, click here.

Information relating to the 5-year renewal process for the passcard will be provided to the pass holder prior to the expiration date printed on current issued credit card style passcard (5-years from date of pass issuance).  Pass holder should notify the Park Pass Sales Office of any change of name, address, e-mail address, or telephone number in order to continue to receive benefits.