The new Passport replaces the current $40 annual pass, and will be available at all Idaho county Department of Motor Vehicle offices, where, if they choose, Idahoans can add on the $10 pass when they register their vehicles each year.
“It’s a bargain any way you look at it,” said state Parks Director Nancy Merrill, who initiated the program as part of a big push to make Idaho’s parks system self-sustaining, as its annual state funding has dropped from $6.2 million to $1.3 million.
Out-of-state residents still will pay $40 for the passes; a single entry fee at an Idaho state park is $5.
The passes are non-transferable window stickers, so each is good for only one vehicle. Idahoans also will have the option of buying a two-year Passport for $20.