Beginning on October 1, 2010, Michigan residents can purchase a $10 Recreation Passport with their annual license plate tab renewal. This $10 tab replaces the $24 motor vehicle permit state park sticker and is available from any Secretary of State office. Michigan residents must display the Recreation Passport tab on the license plate, not on the passenger corner of the window as they have in years past. The Recreation Passport is non-transferable between vehicles just as MVP (motor vehicle permits) have always been non-transferable. Separate Recreation Passes must be purchased for each vehicle in a family. Motorcycle Recreation Passes are available for $5 each.
The motor vehicle permit (MVP) has always been required for entrance into any of Michigan’s 98 state parks and over 1,000 boat launches. Motor Vehicle Permits and now Recreation Passports are necessary to gain park entrance in a car year-round. Recreation Passes work like a parking sticker for state parks and boat launches. Camping and other park recreational use may have other fees. Generally, the state park sticker (now Recreation Passport) is the only fee required for day use of park facilities. The only parks that the Recreation Passport does not cover are the three Mackinac Island state parks.
Michigan residents have seen a steady climb in MVP, also called state park sticker, prices over the past few decades. We were expecting the annual fee to be as high as $30 per vehicle per year. The new $10 Recreation Passport was adopted when Michigan state parks saw a decline in state park use and boating due to rising cost of state park stickers. The Michigan DNR (Department of Natural Resources) relies on sales of state park motor vehicle permits to fund park and facility maintenance.
With reduced fees and ease of use, the new Recreation Passport being available from the Secretary of State when renewing car license plate tabs, it is hoped that Michigan will enjoy more visitors to the lovely state parks and boat launches. More people being able to afford the reduced prices will generate more income from tourism to our state parks. Our family has always enjoyed our state parks and purchased a state park sticker annually. When costs rose over $20, we could no longer afford it. This is one family that is delighted with the new affordable Recreation Pass.
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