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Title: Minnesota State Parks Annual Permit
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With the purchase of this Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) permit, visitors have unlimited access to special events, scenic places, historic sites, a whole roster of outdoor activities Minnesota’s 75 state parks and recreation areas.

Subject: State Parks
Creation Date: 9/11/2008 2:15:05 PM
Modification Date: 2/16/2024 12:58:54 PM
Agency Name: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL:
Agency Description: The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the state's natural resources, hunting, fishing, state forests, state parks, lakes, rivers, streams, boating and water safety, trails, snowmobiling, skiing, education, enforcement, wildlife management, lands and minerals.
Agency Phone: 651-296-6157
Agency Fax: Agency URL:
Agency Address: Natural Resources (DNR), Minnesota Dept. of
500 Lafayette Rd.

St. Paul
MN 55155

Audience: Hold Application URL:
Renewal URL:
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Minnesota State Parks Vehicle Permit

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A $35 year-round vehicle permit provides unlimited visits to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.

By purchasing a vehicle permit, you help maintain and improve the natural resources, facilities, and education and outreach programs that make Minnesota's state parks among the best in the nation.

Vehicle permits are valid for one year from the month of purchase. Plus, you can receive a discount on additional year-round permits for other vehicles you own.


State Park Rules 

State Park Reservations required

Common Questions

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$35 - Year-round vehicle permit

$26 - Additional year-round vehicle permit

$12 - Year-round special permit

$30 - Year-round motorcycle permit

$7 - One-day vehicle permit

$5 - One-day group permit

Disabled veterans and active duty military personnel can get discounted or free vehicle permits.

Credit for a daily permit toward buying an annual permit: This may only be done the same day a one-day permit is purchased. As long as it is still valid, a daily permit may be exchanged for a $5 credit toward the purchase of an annual permit, with a limit of one $5 credit per year-round permit.

Discounts for vehicles with disability tags: If your vehicle has been issued Minnesota Wheelchair icon from license plate or hang tag disability license plates or a rear-view mirror hang tag, or if you have a Federal Access Pass, you can get a reduced rate special annual vehicle permit with proof of disability and proof of vehicle ownership. If you have multiple vehicles you may purchase additional special permits at the same rate for your other vehicles. You can get the special permit from the DNR central office in St. Paul, or from a staffed office in a Minnesota state park.

If you qualify for the reduced rate special annual permit but do not have a vehicle, you may purchase a special permit "wallet card" for the same price as the special permit sticker, to be carried with you rather than affixed to a particular vehicle. Contact the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or for an application for the special permit wallet card. You will need to send the completed application back to St. Paul, and your permit will arrive in the mail.

A daily vehicle permit will be issued free of charge for any vehicle transporting K-12 students, chaperones, teachers and coaches for school sanctioned activities.

Permits may be purchased:


  • DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 (Twin Cities area)
  • Toll free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367)


  • Any Minnesota state park, and purchase from self-serve kiosk or the front office
  • REI locations in Bloomington, Roseville, and Maple Grove
  • Minnesota DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul
  • Hennepin County Service Centers in Brooklyn Center, Edina, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, and Minnetonka
  • Minnesota's Bookstore, St. Paul

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Period of Issuance:

A Minnesota state park vehicle permit is valid for one year, from the day it is purchased through the last day of that month one year later.

Daily vehicle permits that are purchased for one day expire at 10:00 p.m. and are dated the day of purchase. If you are camping overnight (or staying in a cabin or camper cabin), your daily permit will be dated with the following day's date and your vehicle may remain in the park until camping check-out time.

Length of Determination: Immediate.
Other Info:
Activity: Recreation
State Parks
License Detail URL:

How to purchase

Online Visit
  • Any Minnesota state park, and purchase from self-serve kiosk* or the front office
  • Minnesota DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul
  • REI Stores in Bloomington, Maple Grove and Roseville. Call ahead to check availability. 
  • Call the permit fulfillment center at 218-595-7118. Follow the prompts and leave a voicemail.

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