Time Is Running Out

 Posted by at 12:48 am  Nick's Blog
Dec 142016

If you are aged 62 or older time may be running out for you to save a lot of money on a National Parks Senior Pass, which gives you and the passengers in your vehicle free admission to National Parks and Monuments, National Historic Sites, and discounts on camping at US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Corps of Engineers campgrounds.

On 12/10/2016, Congress passed a bill that increases the cost of the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes. Currently, U.S. citizens aged 62 or older can buy a lifetime Senior Pass for $10, but under the new law the cost of a Senior Pass will increase to $80. So if you are age 62 or older and do not have a Senior Pass yet, don’t wait too long to purchase yours.

You can buy a Senior Pass in person from a participating Federal recreation site or office. For a list of sites and offices, visit https://store.usgs.gov/pass/PassIssuanceList.pdf

You can also purchase a Senior Pass online by filling out an online application and uploading proof of age and residency, such as a drivers license. This may be done by photographing your document and uploading it with the order. You will need to provide a credit card payment of $20, which includes the cost of the pass and a $10 document processing fee. Once the documentation is verified and payment is received, a pass with the pass owner’s name pre-printed on it will be issued to the applicant.

While the bill does not specify when the price increase goes into effect, I wouldn’t wait too long. As the saying goes, if you snooze, you may lose. Our Senior Passes have saved Terry and I a lot of money and more than repaid the small investment we made in them.

My friend Jim Lewis arrived for a visit yesterday and after he got settled in and we had a chance to visit, the two of us went down to our fishing pier to watch the dolphins playing in the water and the boats going past. A little later on we drove into New Smyrna Beach to give him a quick tour, then stopped at New Smyrna Beach Seashack for a delicious seafood dinner. Jim says it is a completely different world from his home in Mission, Texas. I think he likes it here!

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Thought For The Day – I hate it when people use big words just to make themselves sound perspicacious.

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  3 Responses to “Time Is Running Out”

  1. We got wind of this price increase and went to the BLM office in Tucson to get my $10 pass–my husband already has Golden Access but I decided I should have a pass in my name as well. The office staff there (last week on 12/9) didn’t know anything at all about the new bill! Now that’s it official, better get in on the $10 pass while it still exists. But don’t depend on office staff to know anything about the increase!

  2. Thanks, Nick, for the info about the Senior Passes. Although DH, has one, I’ve never gotten one for myself. We call it the “Golden Geezer Pass” because it has saved use so much money.

  3. Thanks for the heads up. We stopped by the Ulysses S Grant NHS today to buy the passes. The park ranger did mention the steep increase, but was not sure when it would go into effect. Hard to believe they don’t register the card due to privacy issues and it’s too bad if you lose it.

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