Get a parking pass for Massachusetts state parks

Love the outdoors? Buy a ParksPass to save money on parking at most Massachusetts state parks.
After you apply, your pass will be mailed within a week.

Department of Conservation and Recreation

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What you need for Get a parking pass for Massachusetts state parks

To apply, you'll need:

  • Driver's license

  • License plate number

  • Proof of residency

If you're a member of a car-sharing program, you can still buy a ParksPass. Have your membership card ready while ordering your pass in person or over the phone. 

Please note:  Resident status is determined by the car’s plates. If you are in a car with out-of-state plates, an in-state ParksPass will be invalid even with an in-state driver’s license. Zipcar offers cars that have a ParksPass – search for a ParksPass car when booking.

Seniors can buy a lifetime pass for $10 - Massachusetts residents onlyGet a Senior ParksPass

Fees for Get a parking pass for Massachusetts state parks

Resident and non resident status is determined by the vehicle license plate

For $60, Massachusetts residents can park at most DCR parks across the Commonwealth without paying daily fees. DCR ParksPasses are valid for one calendar year – January to December.

These vehicles do not need a DCR ParksPass. Daily parking fees are waived for vehicles with a:

  • Handicapped license plate or placard
  • Purple Heart Recipient license plate or placard
  • Disabled veteran license plate or placard
Name Fee Unit
MA residents $60 each
Non-MA residents $120 each
Second car sticker $25 each

How to get Get a parking pass for Massachusetts state parks

Buy a ParksPass online through Reserve America. There is a $2.75 service fee, and you'll get your pass in the mail.

Passes will be mailed within 7 days.

Call Reserve America at (877) 422-6762 to buy a DCR ParksPass.

Passes will be mailed within 7 days.

You can buy a ParksPass at most parks and beaches that charge for parking.

  • Visit a contact station where parking fees are collected.
  • Bring a driver's license or proof of residency.

You can pay by cash or check at most facilities. 

Next steps for Get a parking pass for Massachusetts state parks

Using your DCR ParksPass

Place your DCR ParksPass in its placard and hang it from your car's rear-view mirror.

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Some libraries and recreation centers allow you to borrow a ParksPass free of charge. Contact a participating facility to learn more.

The ParksPass is not valid for camping or at the following locations – Quabbin Reservoir Boat Launch Areas, Squantum Point, North Point or Draw Seven Commuter lots.

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