After applying for a Long-distance Permit

After applying for a Long-distance Permit #

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours confirming your application.

It can take up to three weeks for us to review permit applications. If your application has errors, it may be canceled, delayed, or denied. We review applications in the order that they were submitted.

You can check the status of your permit at any time by logging in using the button below.

Too many emails and phone calls checking on the status of permits will slow down the process for everyone, but if it has been more than three weeks since you submitted and the status in the management portal is still “pending”, feel free to get in touch.

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Permit changes are limited #

Plan your trip carefully. Permits are locked in once they are issued three weeks before your start date, and you can only be issued one permit per year. The only change that can be made to an issued permit is to adjust the end date or location.

Before your permit is issued, you can change most of your trip details. To do so, log into the management portal and click “change”. Once you’ve selected your new trip details on that screen, click “update” to submit your change request.

If you’re starting at a trailhead with a quota, you are free to change your start date if there is space available and if your permit has not been issued.

If you applied for a permit during the first release, you can try to change it by logging in on the second release date and clicking the “Change” button at or after your appointment time. Everyone who is registered receives a random appointment time, regardless of whether they’re applying for a new permit or trying to change their date.

Three weeks before your start date, approved permits will be issued and available to print from the Permit Management Portal. You must print it out and carry a physical, paper permit with you on the trail.

You must print your permit before your start date. You won’t be able to print your permit after your start date has elapsed.

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Sacramento, CA 95833

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