This free pass entitles the bearer to free vehicle day use, family camping and boat use at over 100 California State Parks-operated units.   

WHO QUALIFIES 

Honorably discharged veterans who have California residency, and one of the following three criteria/criterion: 

  • An overall/combined service-connected disability at a rating of 50% or greater with service during periods of wartime or operations against a foreign power (See list below).
  • Held as prisoners of war by forces hostile to the United States. 
  • Recipient of the Medal of Honor. 

HOW TO OBTAIN THE DISTINGUISHED VETERAN PASS  

  1. Apply and submit your documents. 
  2. Get approved. 
  3. Receive your pass. 
  4. Enjoy free entry to the parks. 

Prepare for the application process by reviewing the Distinguished Veteran Pass Application Requirements. 

Online: For the fastest processing, as well as secure transfer of information, follow the Online Application Steps. 

By mailDownload the Distinguished Veteran Pass Application (PDF) and mail with required documents. 

In person: Only at Downtown Sacramento location on the third Thusday of the month. See Pass Sales Locations webpage for more information.

USING THIS PASS 

Note: Lifetime pass holders are not permitted to own more than one lifetime pass. 

Qualifying Service Dates

May 9, 1916 - November 11, 1918
December 7, 1941 - December 31, 1946
June 27, 1950 - January 31, 1955
November 1, 1955 - May 7, 1975
May 15, 1975
January 1, 1981 - Present

 

 

 

 

 LOST OR STOLEN PASSES 

A lost or damaged pass may be replaced only by reapplying for the pass. No refunds can be issued. Prior to reapplying, pass applicants must email passinfo@parks.ca.gov to report the pass as lost or stolen. 

For questions or more information, please contact the Park Pass Sales Office via email at parkpassinfo@parks.ca.gov.