Free Lifetime Liberty Pass for ALL Veterans

Beginning today, The Lifetime Liberty Pass allows qualified New York State (NY State) Veterans and Gold Star Parents, Spouses, and Children discounted use of state parks, historic sites, and recreational facilities operated by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NY State Parks) and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Once issued, the Lifetime Liberty Pass will never expire.

The Lifetime Liberty Pass benefits include free vehicle entry to most state-operated parks and DEC-operated day-use areas, as well as numerous state-operated boat launch sites, historic sites, arboretums, and park preserves; free greens fees at state-operated golf courses; free swimming pool entrance at State Park pools; and discounted camping and cabin rentals at most State Park and DEC campgrounds. The pass holder must be present when utilizing the pass for its intended benefits.

The Lifetime Liberty Pass is not valid for amenities, including some services or locations operated by concessionaires or partners. A listing of these locations can be found at the bottom of this webpage.

To see a complete listing of benefits, restrictions, and rules, refer to the Lifetime Liberty Pass Guidelines For Use.

How to Apply as a Veteran

NY State Department of Motor Vehicles photo document (ID) with Veteran status designation can be used at all staffed facilities without a Lifetime Liberty Pass. Simply present your ID to NY State Parks staff.

If you intend to visit unstaffed locations, a No-Fee ticket can be obtained at the Park Office, or order a free Lifetime Liberty Pass to ensure seamless entry. Unstaffed locations can be found on the map at the bottom of this page.

Need to add the Veteran status designation to your ID? Visit the NY State DMV website for more information.

If you do not have the Veteran status designation, place an order for a free Lifetime Liberty Pass to ensure seamless entry.

After placing your order, follow the directions in your order summary email to submit one of the following indicating an honorable discharge:

  • A copy of your NY State DMV ID with Veteran status designation
  • DD-214
  • DD-215
  • NGB Form 22
  • WD AGO 53, 55 or 53-55
  • NAVPERS 553
  • NAVMC 78PD
  • NAVCG553
  • NA Form 13038