Permits and Passes

  • Permits

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country. Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law. Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife. Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.

    Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered Species, Law Enforcement, and Migratory Birds. Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System website for Special Use Permits.

    For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a Permit, FAQs/Facts or Application Forms.

  • Passes

    The America the Beautiful Passes are a series of passes that cover the entrance and standard amenity fees charged for using federal recreational lands – including some national wildlife refuges.

    Existing Golden Eagle Passports and National Parks Passes with an expiration date will be honored until they expire. Paper versions of the Golden Age or Golden Access Passports should be exchanged for the new Senior or Access passes. However, plastic Golden Age or Access passes are valid for the pass holder's lifetime and do not need to be exchanged.

    The Senior and Access passes are good for the lifetime of the holder and make available (to the pass holder only) 50 percent discounts on some expanded amenity fees. There are also annual, military, volunteer, and 4th grade passes.

    Decals and hangtags are available: decals for those who park open-topped vehicles (like Jeeps) or motorcycles at unstaffed federal recreation sites, and hangtags for those who anticipate parking closed vehicles at unmanned facilities.

    WE DO NOT SELL/ISSUE AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PASSES AT MONTEZUMA NWR. We do not charge and entrance fee.

    Please visit the National Wildlife Refuge System website for more information about passes.