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How do I qualify for an Individual Access Pass?

In order to qualify for an Individual Access Pass, you must be a resident of New York State, must provide proof of disability, in the form of certification from the appropriate agency or by a physician, as described on the application and must provide a recent photo of yourself that will be affixed to the Access Pass.

How do I qualify for a Group Access Pass?

To qualify for a Group Access Pass, all members of the group must be residents of New York State. The group's Authorized Representative must provide proof of the group's members' disability(ies) in the form of certification from the appropriate agency or by verification of disability(ies) by a physician as described on the application.

What disabilities are eligible?

  • AM - amputee
  • BL - blind
  • DD - developmentally disabled
  • DF - deaf
  • MH - mental health
  • VA - disabled veteran
  • WC - non-ambulatory wheelchair user

(a detailed description for each is explained on the application)

If my disability is not listed on the application what do I do?

If your disability does not appear within the qualifications on the Access Pass Application then it is not eligible for Access Pass benefits and you are not eligible for the pass.

How do I prove my NYS residency?

New York State residency can be proven by providing a copy of your currently valid New York State Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card (do not send original) or a copy of your New York State tax return (IT 201 or IT 150) for the current, or if not yet filed, the preceding tax year (financial information may be hidden). These must be in the name of the applicant or, in the case of a minor, in the name of the parent or legal guardian.

Where do I mail my application?

All applications must be mailed to:
Access Pass
New York State Parks
Albany, NY 12238

Please note: A completed application can only be accepted by mail. Applications cannot be processed on site at any of our locations.

How will I know if my application has been received?

If you would like to be sure that your application has been received by the Access Pass office, you are encouraged to mail your application via "Return Receipt" through your local Post Office.

How long will it take to process my application?

Your application can take 2 – 4 weeks to process.

What if my application is returned?

Applications can be returned for various reasons. If your application is incomplete, a letter will be included to indicate what item is still required in order to qualify. If your application has been returned because you do not meet the designated qualifications, a letter stating this will be included and the pass will be denied.

How long is the pass valid?

An Access Pass is valid for 4 years.

What do I do if the pass has expired?

Each pass comes with an expiration date. It is your responsibility to reapply every 4 years to obtain a new pass. In the case of a Group Access Pass, it is the responsibility of the Authorized Representative to reapply.

What do I do if my Individual Access Pass is lost or stolen?

A replacement pass can be issued if the pass is still currently valid. A letter explaining the need for a replacement pass, a new picture to be placed on the pass, and a copy of the pass holders NYS Driver License or Non-Driver Identification Card (or a copy of a New York State tax return (IT 201 or IT 150) can be used) must be mailed to the Access Pass office for the replacement to be issued. Be sure to include the mailing address of where the replacement pass should be sent.

What do I do if the Group Access Pass is lost or stolen?

A replacement pass can be issued if the pass is still currently valid. A letter explaining the need for a replacement pass must be mailed to the Access Pass office for the replacement to be issued. Be sure to include the mailing address of where the replacement pass should be sent.

If you have any additional questions regarding the Access Pass program, please call 518-474-2324 during normal business hours.

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