Presentation on theme: "HOW TO ISSUE An Interagency Pass"— Presentation transcript:
1 HOW TO ISSUE An Interagency Pass America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands PassHOW TO ISSUE An Interagency PassANNUAL PASS● Collect $80 for each Annual Pass sold.● Validate pass. Punch out current month.● Ask visitor(s) to sign the pass. Any two individuals may sign the pass regardless of their relationship.● Validate hangtag. Punch out same month and year as on the Annual Pass.● Give visitor the Pass and hangtag.● Explain to the visitor how to use and display the Pass.Annual passSENIOR PASS● Senior passes must be issued in person.● Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident 62 or older.● Must show proof of age, which may be a state driver’slicense showing birth date, a birth certificate, or similar document.● Collect $10 for each Senior Pass.● Ask visitor to sign the pass. The pass is not valid until it is signedand must be signed in the presence of the seller.● Give visitor the pass and hangtag.● Explain to the visitor how to use and display their pass.Senior passINTERAGENCY DECAL● Ask if visitor needs a decal for an open-topped vehicle ormotorcycle.● To receive a decal, visitor must have vehicle registrationfor the vehicle that matches the pass holder name.● Validate decal. Record vehicle license plate number on Decal.Punch expiration month of annual pass, or punch one yearfrom issuance for lifetime passes. Attach to driver’s side of windowor front of motorcycle.● Explain to the visitor that the decal does not stand-alone in lieu of a pass.Now good for all Interagency Passes!Interagency Decal28 Apr 2010
2 HOW TO ISSUE An Interagency Pass America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands PassHOW TO ISSUE An Interagency PassACCESS PASSAccess Passes must be issued in person.● Must be a U.S. citizen or permanentresident with documentation of apermanent disability*.● Ask visitor to sign the pass. The passis not valid until it is signed and must besigned in the presence of the seller.● Give visitor the pass and hangtag.● Explain to the visitor how to useand display their pass.*Acceptable Documentation:The applicant must show ONE of the following documents:a. A statement signed by a licensed physician attesting to permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that limits major life activities.b. A document issued by a Federal agency, such as the Veteran’s Administration (VA), attesting that the applicant is medically determined to be eligible to receive Federal benefits as a result of permanent disability.c. A document issued by a state agency attesting that the applicant has been medically-determined to be eligible to receive benefits or services as a result of permanent disability.d. A Statement of Disability form (OMB ). Issuing offices should retain this form for 6 years and 3 months.Access PassUnacceptable documents include:A state motor-vehicle department disability sticker, license plate, or hangtag.VOLUNTEER PASS● Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident who volunteers at least 500 hours.● Validate pass. Punch out current month.● Ask visitor to sign the pass.● Validate hangtag. Punch out same month and year as is on the Volunteer Pass.● Give visitor the pass and hangtag.● Explain to the visitor how to use and display their pass.Volunteer PassFederal volunteercoordinator or feemanager must issuethe pass to an individual in personfree of charge.28 Apr 2010
3 Frequently Asked Questions About Interagency Passes America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands PassFrequently Asked Questions About Interagency PassesQ: Where is my Interagency Annual Pass accepted?Standard amenity sites (day use sites such as picnic areas and visitor centers). It does NOT cover free use of Expanded Amenity day use sites, such as boat launches and swim areas.Entrance fee areas (only at National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges)Q: Is my Annual Pass good at concession operated sites?In general, Interagency Passes are NOT accepted for day use at concession operated sites. Concessioners are not required to honor them.Q: Is my Annual Pass good for camping?Interagency Annual Passes do not have camping benefits.Annual passQ: Where is my Interagency Senior/Access Pass accepted?Standard amenity sites (day use sites such as picnic areas and visitor centers) It does NOT cover free use of Expanded Amenity day use sites, such as boat launches and swim areas, although some discounts may applyEntrance fee areas (only at National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges)Senior passQ: Is my Senior/Access Pass good at concession operated sites?In general, Interagency Passes are NOT accepted for day use at concession operated sites.Interagency Senior /Access Passes offer a 50% discount at Forest Service concession campgrounds.Q: Is my Sernior/Access Pass good for camping?Interagency Senior /Access Passes offer a 50% discount on a single campsite at federally operated campgrounds and Forest Service concession campgrounds. Concessioners for other agencies may not honor the passes.Q: Where can I use my Interagency Decal?Decals can be used on open-topped vehicles at unstaffed sites only.Visitors must show an actual pass at staffed sites.Q: Can I use my Interagency Decal as proof of having a pass?No. Pass holders must carry their Interagency Pass with them.Interagency Decal28 Apr 2010
4 Frequently Asked Questions About Fees and Passes Q: Why isn’t my pass good everywhere?When Congress created the Interagency Passes, they also assigned where the pass would be accepted. Unfortunately, some types of sites (such as swim areas, boat launches, and concession-operated day use sites) are not included in the program.Q: Why isn’t my pass accepted at concession operated sites?The Forest Service cannot require concessioners to honor passes for day use due to labor law restrictions.Q: Why do you use concessioners if they don’t honor passes?The Forest Services uses many tools to ensure that recreation opportunities are available. In many cases, appropriated funds cover the cost, but other tools such as fees, partners, concessionaires, and volunteers are also used to ensure that the public can enjoy these special places.Q: I don’t understand all these recreation fees. What is the difference?Recreation fee types can be confusing, and each agency was authorized by Congress to charge different fees.Standard Amenity Fees are day use fees that are often charged at picnic areas, trailheads, and visitor centers. Sometimes they can cover multiple sites, so that the same fee covers a large area. Interagency passes cover Standard Amenity Fees.Expanded Amenity Fees are charged for day use at areas like swim areas and boat launches. Unfortunately, Interagency Passes cannot be accepted for free EAF use. Campgrounds are also expanded amenity fees, and lifetime passes do offer a 50% discount for a federally operated or FS concession operated campsite.Special Recreation Permits are used for specialized services or areas. Some examples are wilderness permits, OHV permits, and shooting range permits. Interagency passes cannot be accepted for these types of fees.Entrance Fees are charged ONLY by the National Park Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service. The Forest Service does NOT charge entrance fees or parking fees. All Interagency Passes cover entrance fees.Q: Why do you charge recreation fees? What are they used for?Recreation fees are one tool that the Forest Service uses to provide sustainable recreation opportunities for visitors.95% of recreation fees stay right where they are collected. They are used to take care of recreation sites, and to provide staff and services to help visitors.Your fees make a difference. Thanks for helping to protect these special places!28 Apr 2010
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