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How To Get A New York State Empire Passport

- Find out how to get a NYS Empire Passport for access to parks and more


If you enjoy driving throughout Long Island and other parts of New York State, you can save money by purchasing a New York State Empire Passport. It will allow you unlimited day-use vehicle access to most of New York State's 178 state parks and over 50 Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Preserve areas. You'll also be given access to most boat launch sites, arboretums, seashores and park preserves.

You're allowed to bring as many friends or family as you want in your car or other passenger vehicle. The Empire Passport is valid from one year starting April 1 through March 31 of the following year. (If you buy it during the year, you will not get a discount on the months that have passed since April 1st.) Camping, golf and other special activity fees are not included in the price of an Empire State Passport, and having the passport does not guarantee vehicle entry into parks.

Please note that the Empire Passport must be permanently attached to the driver's side window in the front or rear of the car, or on the left side of motorcycles, or inside the hull of a boat. (If your motorcycle or boat does not have a windshield, you can request a free clear protective cover for your Empire State Passport.)

For current fees and to purchase your Empire State Passport, you may go to

  • The Long Island State Park Regional Office, Belmont Lake State Park, Babylon, NY, (631) 669-1000 extension 223
  • Purchase over the phone by calling the LI Regional Office at (631) 669-1000 extension 223 or (518) 474-0458 during business hours and paying by credit card.
  • You may purchase your Empire State Passport online at NYS Parks and click on "Empire Passports" on the bottom left hand side of the page.
  • You may also go to NYS Parks and download an application, fill it out and then mail to:
    Empire Passport
    Empire State Plaza
    Agency Building 1
    Albany, NY 12238

Note that you'll receive a discount of $3 per Empire State Passport if you purchase 25 or more. Orders of 50 or more will receive a discount of $6 per passport.

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