A year-round permit provides unlimited visits to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.
By purchasing a permit, you help maintain and improve the natural resources, facilities, and education and outreach programs that make Minnesota's state parks among the best in the nation.
Permits are valid for one year from the month of purchase. Plus, you can receive a discount on additional year-round permits for other vehicles you own.
When you buy a $5 one-day permit, trade it in before you leave the park and get $5 off a year-round permit!* Already have one? Gift it—introduce a friend to unlimited good times with a year-round permit.
Not a fan of windshield stickers? Now there's another option—the new Minnesota State Parks and Trails license plate provides you with unlimited visits to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for an entire year, without requiring a separate vehicle permit. Plus it helps fund the operations and maintenance of Minnesota state parks and trails!
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* NOTE: Greenleaf Lake State Recreation Area and Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area do not have self-service kiosks.
No, you may purchase either a year-round or one-day permit when you arrive at the park, even if there is nobody in the office at the time.
Not a problem! There are self-registration kiosks at every Minnesota state park and recreation area for exactly this purpose, so you can always buy a permit or pay for camping, even if the park office is not staffed.
Self-registration envelopes can be used for one-day or year-round permits, and/or for camping. You can self-register using cash, check or credit card.
Follow the instructions on the self-registration form, put your cash, check, or credit card information for the correct amount in the envelope, and deposit it into the self-registration slot. There's a "user copy" section of the form for you to put on the dash of your vehicle as proof of compliance. Easy!
Your year-round Minnesota state park vehicle permit is valid from the day it is purchased through the last day of that same month one year later.
There is a reduced price year-round permit for multiple vehicles. After you buy one full-price year-round vehicle permit, you may purchase as many multiple-vehicle permits as needed for additional vehicles you own. (Vehicles must all be under the same ownership to qualify.)
Regardless of when you purchase them, your multiple-vehicle permits will be punched with the same month as your first permit, so they will all expire in the same month.
Motorcycle riders may purchase a "wallet card" type year-round permit. The motorcycle license plate number is written on the back of the card, which you will need to carry and present upon request.
Motorcyclists may also purchase regular and multiple-vehicle year-round permits, but these permits are not wallet style and must be affixed to your motorcycle.
Yes! For day use visitors, one-day permits are dated with the day of purchase and expire at 10:00 p.m.
If you are camping overnight (or staying in a cabin or camper cabin), when you purchase your one-day permit it will be dated with the following day's date, and your vehicle may remain in the park until camping check-out time.
Yes! You can only do this the same day you purchased your one-day permit. As long as it is still valid, a one-day permit may be exchanged for a $5 credit toward the purchase of a year-round permit, with a limit of one $5 credit per year-round permit.
Yes! If your vehicle has been issued Minnesota disability license plates or a rear-view mirror hang tag, or if you have a Federal Access Pass, you can get a reduced rate special year-round vehicle permit with proof of disability and proof of vehicle ownership. If you have multiple vehicles you may purchase additional special permits at the same rate for your other vehicles. You can get the special permit from the DNR central office in St. Paul, or from a staffed office in a Minnesota state park.
If you qualify for the reduced rate special year-round permit but do not have a vehicle, you may purchase a special permit "wallet card" for the same price as the special permit sticker, to be carried with you rather than affixed to a particular vehicle. Contact the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application for the special permit wallet card. You will need to send the completed application back to St. Paul, and your permit will arrive in the mail.
Yes! Disabled veterans and active duty military personnel can get discounted or free vehicle permits. Get the details.
Yes! A one-day vehicle permit will be issued free of charge for any vehicle transporting K-12 students, chaperones, teachers and coaches for school sanctioned activities.
Yes! If you have ten vehicles or more in your group, each one can purchase a one-day permit at the group rate of $3. One-day group permits expire at 10:00 p.m. on the day of purchase and may not be used for an overnight stay.
Contact the park at least 24 hours before you arrive. Some parks may issue one-day group permits in advance, and others will issue them as individual vehicles arrive at the park.
Damaged permits will only be replaced if you bring the actual damaged permit to a state park or to the DNR central office in St. Paul. It must be identifiable as a current year-round permit, show the type of permit (regular or special), display the month it expires, and contain at least part of the serial number. If these conditions are all met, you will be given a free replacement permit that is punched the same month as your damaged year-round permit.
Lost vehicle permits or vehicle permits damaged too badly to meet the above conditions will not be replaced for free. You may purchase a reduced price year-round permit for multiple vehicles as a replacement.
Employee vehicles and contractors' vehicles are legally required to display a valid vehicle permit, just like any other visitor's vehicle. If you are working in the park under the direction of the park manager, you may be able to get a "work permit" to meet this requirement. Contact the park manager well in advance to see if this is an option for your specific circumstances.
The only vehicles not required to have some sort of valid Minnesota state park permit associated with them are Minnesota State owned vehicles that have white and black "Minnesota State Vehicle" license plates AND are at the park on official business, and law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, and ambulances while they are on official business.