Passport to the Parks Fee
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Passport to Parks?
A. Connecticut wants to make state parks, forests, trails, historic sites and beaches more available to our residents so they can enjoy the many attractions and beauty they offer. Under this program parking fees are now eliminated at Connecticut State Parks for those with Connecticut registered vehicles. To make this possible, an increase in registration fees was passed by the General Assembly.
Q. How does the increase benefit Connecticut residents?
A. It goes toward operating our state parks and eliminating the day-use parking fee for all those entering in Connecticut-registered vehicles. Q. What is the increased cost of the registration?
A. It is $5 per year, which means $10 for the customary two-year registration renewal for all non-commercial motor vehicles. It also will be assessed on all non-commercial motor vehicles obtaining plate transfers and new non-commercial registrations whether done at DMV or at a dealership. However, seniors 65 years old and older with a one-year registration renewal will have only an additional $5 fee each year.
Q. What is a non-commercial vehicle?
A. These are passenger cars and vehicles with combination plates as well as motorcycles, campers/motor homes and vehicles with antique car plates. Combination plates are issued to a motor vehicle that is used for both private passenger and commercial purposes if that vehicle does not have a gross vehicle weight in excess of 12,500 pounds.
Q. When does the new fee start?
A. The state law authorizing the fee was passed in 2017 and the fee will be applied beginning in February 2018.
Q. Why is everyone being charged the fee?
A. Connecticut has many beautiful state parks, forests, trails, historic sites and beaches. These are all included in the new free parking for Connecticut-registered vehicles. Our residents should have equal access to these wonderful natural resources that are the economic driver for our state and the communities in which they are located. When people visit our state parks they also visit local restaurants, shops and local farms. This program brings many economic benefits for our state.
For additional information or questions you can contact Connecticut State Parks at 860-424-3200 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org