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Washington Expands Use of Discover Pass in State Parks

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April 2, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

A single, state recreation land pass now can be used on either of two motor vehicles in the state of Washington, thanks to new legislation signed March 30 by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

The change takes effect immediately. Holders of previously issued $30 annual passes may enter a second vehicle license number on their existing pass.

Pass transfer between two vehicles also applies to vehicle access passes (VAPs) issued free with purchases of annual fishing and hunting licenses for access to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recreation lands and water-access sites.

One-day passes are available for $10 but are not transferable.

“The Discover Pass is a great way to experience some of Washington’s most extraordinary places and this legislation makes it even easier to visit our state parks and recreation lands,” said Gov. Chris Gregoire in a press release. “Our parks, some of the best in the world, rely on user support and this small investment to enjoy our public lands is well worth it.”

The Discover Pass was created by the 2011 Legislature and took effect last July. The pass — required to park motor vehicles in state parks and other state recreation lands — was created to make up for reductions in state general fund support for state recreation lands. The new modifications were adopted in Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 2373, originally sponsored by Rep. Kevin Van De Wege and Rep. Steve Tharinger, both of the 24th District.

The annual Discover Pass provides vehicle access to millions of acres of state recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, WDFW and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Discover Pass is sold through state vehicle-licensing outlets, at state parks, at some retail businesses and through WDFW’s recreational licensing system, known as the Washington Interactive Licensing System (WILD). Transaction and dealer fees may apply.

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