New York State Parks introduces online 'Empire Pass' renewals


    Existing pass-holders who renew their "Empire Pass" online will save $10 off the standard $80 price when they “Keep The Card" (Courtesy: Gary Woodward).

    You now have a new, cheaper option to renew your state park pass.

    Monday morning, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced the introduction of online renewals for the 2019 Empire Pass beginning now through March 31, 2019. By renewing online, customers will get to keep their card and receive a special loyalty savings of $10 per card for the 2019 season.

    Existing pass-holders who renew online at parks.ny.gov, will save $10 off the standard $80 price when they “Keep The Card”.

    The Empire Pass program provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to state parks, boat launch sites, arboretums, park preserves and Department of Environmental Conservation forest preserves. By renewing online, Empire Pass-holders will keep their existing card and will not have to wait for the pass to be mailed to them nor face waiting in line at the park to pick up a new pass during peak season.

    The special renewal savings is good through March 31, 2019, and applies to the single-year pass, as well as three- and five-year passes. On the Empire Pass page, pass-holders can simply find “Renew My Pass”, enter their existing Empire Pass card number located at the bottom left of the card and their email address and then follow instructions for renewals and payment. Cards become activated 24-48 hours after purchase.

    New customers can purchase Empire Passes for $80 online at parks.ny.gov, or by phone 518.474.0458. Three- and five-year Empire Passes are available to new customers for $205 and $320 respectively. The Lifetime Empire Passport costs $750.

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