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Old 06-16-2012, 09:02 AM   #1
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coe parks and golden age pass

do the coe parks now require an id/drivers license with the golden age pass ?
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I stayed at a COE park in May and they did ask for my drivers license.
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:39 AM   #3
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They do generally require some form of verifying identification in order to keep someone from borrowing a card from one of us 'oldsters.'.

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Old 06-16-2012, 01:18 PM   #4
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We stayed in a National Parks RV Campground (South Beach,WA) last week on the Washington coast. It was first come -first serve self check-in no on site staff. DW wrote the pass number on the check-in card and noone came to ask for any ID. $5.00 per night. Nice place-clear ocean view-well maintained. No water-power-sewer. Picnic tables and fire rings only. 1.5 miles South of Kalaloch.

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It seems that they do. They used to just find me in their computer, but now they ask for a drivers license for confirmation....
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:35 PM   #6
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Just returned from Yellowstone last week, they did check drivers license when I used my Golden Age Passport at entry gate. They did the same last year at Glacier National Park. It seems they are checking for ID more than they did in the past. Not a problem for me.
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:13 AM   #7
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when i go to a coe park and they ask for picture i.d. i tell em i dont need it

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I have noticed it much more lately, use to be they never asked. Maybe there has been quite a few abusing the system.

I think it depends on the employee. Some rangers are "letter of the law" type and not flexible. Girl at badlands.. we were leaving for a few minutes and she had a fit that the passenger with me forgot to bring her picture ID as we were just going out to the store for maybe 5 minutes. Same girl that checked us in the night before. I felt the reprimand from her was a bit over the top. I said to her if she wanted it , we would go back to the campground and get it...She let us go "this time"
Person at yellowstone was much better and remembered our faces the next day even and a quick show of the pass let us in.
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It does seem to vary with location and which Park service you're dealing with. When we checked into Lake Mead earlier this spring I was asked for my Driver's License when I showed my America the Beautiful pass. Later that day Donna (not yet 62) had to leave the Park to do some shopping. When she returned they gave her a hard time at the gate because she wasn't the pass holder. Even though she was carrying the receipt from the campground they still didn't want to let her in without paying. Mind you, this is a gate that is not manned 24/7 and is actually a main thoroughfare between Boulder City and Henderson, NV.

One NF park gave me a rear view mirror display card hanger and asked me to use it while in the park. No request for ID here though. Most recently we entered the Yaquina Head Nature Area in Newport, OR, which is operated by the BLM, and upon display of the pass were told by the young lady at the gate that we were "Good to Go".

So far as I've been able to discern, pass holder identity verification checks are being enforced at a local level if not a personal level by whoever happens to be at the gate at the time.
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I automatically show upon check in. I don't what to screw up the best deal going!
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I'm at Glen Canyon Natl. Rec and have showed my ID every time I come back to the CG which is in the park.
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We have visited a few National and State parks which we have passes for. I have been asked for ID at both types. Now I just automatically have my driver's license available for them to see. Speeds the process up, even if they don't require it.
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Some of the parks are getting very hard to get into and more campers are trying to take advantage of the discount by using others senior cards. Ususlly they will ask for a drivers license or a picture id
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