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Patriot Plan Benefit

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The Empire Pass is your key to all-season enjoyment at New York State Parks. It provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by New York State Parks and State Dept. of Environmental Conservation. Learn where the Empire Pass is accepted.

Who is eligible: As stated in New York State's Executive Order 125, issued by the Governor's Office, members of the New York State National Guard or military reserves who are currently serving on active duty in support of the war on terrorism is eligible for one free Empire Pass Card for use by his or her immediate family during deployment and/or for his or her own use when returning home. The member must be a New York State resident.

The Empire Pass Card is available any time of year and is accepted now through December 31st. This new wallet-sized card be shared within a household and is not assigned to a specific vehicle.

How: Complete an Empire Pass application, attach a copy of the orders (showing authorization/purpose/type duty code) calling the soldier to this active duty and mail it to:

Empire Pass
New York State Parks
Albany, NY 12238
or fax it to 518-486-7378 Attn: Empire Pass.

Once approved, a free Empire Pass Card will be mailed. Applications are available online, by mail or at any New York State park. For further assistance please contact our office at 518-474-0458 during normal business hours.

Note: Annual reapplication, including submission of orders, is necessary as long as this program is offered. Only one free Empire Pass per household.

Empire Pass Card Guidelines for Use

Empire Pass Frequently Asked Questions