Overview of the Access Pass Pass Use | Benefits
The easiest way to get your pass is to take your VA award letter to Cabrillo National Park in Point Loma, and take your
paperwork to the main office and they will issue you a card or you can follow the directions below.
Where can I get an Access Pass?
You can obtain an Access Pass in person, with proper documentation, from a participating Federal recreation site or office. See Site Locations that issue the Access Pass.
Access Passes may also be obtained via mail order from USGS. Mail-order applicants for the Access Pass must submit a completed application, proof of residency and documentation of permanent disability, and pay the document processing fee of $10 to obtain a pass through the mail. Once the application package is received, the documentation will be verified and a pass, with the pass owner's name pre-printed on it, will be issued to the applicant.
Access Pass applications are usually processed and shipped within 3-5 business days from the day they arrive at USGS. Due to an unexpected increase in volume, access pass applications are currently being processed in about 7 business days. Transit time varies, and is dependent upon the service selected:
• USPS - typically 5-10 business days
• FedEx Ground - typically 3-5 business days
• FedEx 2nd day - typically 2 business days
• FedEx Overnight - typically 1 business day
What is the Access Pass?
A free, lifetime pass - available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability - that provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies.
At many sites the Access Pass provides the pass owner a discount on Expanded Amenity Fees (such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours).
See Access Pass Benefits section.
Who qualifies for the Access Pass?
The Access Pass may be issued to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of any age that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability that severely limits one or more major life activities.
A permanent disability is a permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
If I am partially disabled do I qualify for the Access Pass?
The disability requirements for the Access Pass are not based on percentage of disability. To qualify for the Pass the disability must be permanent and limit one or more major life activities.
How do I prove I'm permanently disabled?
Some examples of acceptable documentation include:
Statement by a licensed physician;
Document issued by Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income, or Supplemental Security Income;
Document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.
Some examples of documentation that is accepted and not accepted:
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