ATTENTION APPLICANTS:

The online application portal is currently experiencing issues in the final step of processing.

If you have an approved application and the pass type is not listed in the dropdown menu of ReserveCalifornia as described in step 3 of the online application steps, please email parkpassinfo@parks.ca.gov.

Mail-in and in-person applications at pass sales locations are not impacted by this issue.

This $20 pass entitles the pass holder and spouse or registered domestic partner free vehicle day-use access at over 200 California State Parks-operated units. Limited Use Golden Bear passes are not valid for use during the peak season, which is the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day at most state parks. Limited Use Golden Bear passes are valid from issuance until December 31 of the year in which the pass was issued.

WHO QUALIFIES 

  • Those age 62 and over. 

HOW TO OBTAIN THE LIMITED USE GOLDEN BEAR PASS  

  1. Apply and submit your documents, including payment. 
  2. Get approved. 
  3. Receive your pass. 
  4. Enjoy free day-use entry to the parks. 

Prepare for the application process by reviewing the Limited Use Golden Bear Pass Application Requirements. 

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

By mail: Download the Limited Use Golden Bear Pass Application and mail with required documents. 

In person: Apply in person at designated Pass Sales Locations of the California State Park System.   

USING THIS PASS 

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.