Lifetime national park pass for seniors see drastic price hike

  • Lifetime national park pass for seniors see drastic price hike

Lifetime national park pass for seniors see drastic price hike

The National Park Service announced this week the pass price increase for people 62 and older will go into effect August 28.

The lifetime Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80.

The legislation mandating the increase was tied to the National Park Service centennial.

The change goes into effect August 28 and is meant to meet requirements set by legislation passed by Congress in December 2016.

"You can purchase them at any of our entry stations when you come up to the national park, provide you ID that shows your birthday, and $10 dollars, and we can take care of you", Richards said.

This could mean a lot of orders for $10 lifetime senior passes over the next six weeks. If the site charges a fee per person, the senior pass admits the senior and three other adults.

The legislation states that the cost of the lifetime Senior Pass be equal to the cost of the annual America the Beautiful - The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, which is now $80. Those who buy that yearly pass for four years can trade them in for a lifetime pass. She said the online agency that sells them usually dispensed 30,000 each year with a week-long turnaround. They also must upload documentation that shows their birth date and proves they're US citizens or permanent residents.

Lifetime Golden Age or senior passes bought before the increase are still valid. Additionally, access to the majority of National Park Service sites remains free-only 118 of 417 National Park Service sites have an entrance fee. In parks that charge per-vehicle admission, the passes cover entry for all occupants in a non-commercial vehicle.