From Tom Greenwood’s column in the Detroit News:
Q. “I recently renewed my license plate and added the $10 park fee to the renewal. The tabs arrived and I placed them on my vehicle, but there was nothing that I can see that says I purchased the state park pass.
“What distinguishes the state park upgrade from a regular renewal?”
— Tom Barry, Livonia
A. Just to recap: The extra $10 Michigan residents may pay for the “Recreation Passport” replaces the traditional state park sticker that allows them into all state parks, state recreation areas and boat launches.
If you opt for this program, your vehicle registration and license plate tab are your proof of purchase, and your recreation passport is valid during the same period as your vehicle registration.
According to the Secretary of State Office, when you buy a recreation passport, your new tab will have a special “P” printed on it.
You will not receive a separate parks sticker.
I saw a copy of it on the SOS website, www.michigan.gov/sos, and have to admit the “P” looks pretty small. Check your tab. It should be there.