A Federal Recreational Lands Pass covers entrance fees to more then 2,000 sites—including national forests and grasslands. There are a number of passes available, many of them discounted or free for certain groups. These include seniors, youth, volunteers, military and their families, and those with permanent disabilities.
Those with permanent disabilities can receive a free, lifetime pass to these Recreational Lands.
The Interagency Access Pass can be issues to citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who have been medically determined to be permanently disabled as defined in 29 U.S.C 705(20). This defines a permanent disability as a permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more of the person’s major life activities.
Passes must be applied for in person. The issuing officer will need to see appropriate documentation. Applicants are required to show one of the following forms of identification:
- A statement signed by a licensed physician attesting that the applicant has a permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that severely limits one or more major life activity;
- A document issued by a Federal agency, such as the Veteran’s Administration, which attests that the applicant has been medically determined to be eligible to receive Federal benefits as a result of disability. Other acceptable Federal agency documents include proof of receipt of Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) due to disability.
- A document issued by a State agency, such as the vocational rehabilitation agency, which attests that the applicant has been medically determined to be eligible to receive that agency’s benefits or services as a result of medically determined permanent disability. Showing a State motor vehicle department disability sticker, hang tag, or license plate is not acceptable documentation because those items do not identify the individual to whom that disability related permit was issued.
You can find more information on the Access Pass by clicking on this link.