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Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD)

Commissioner's Policy #3

The MAPPWD permit is a temporary revocable permit (TRP) that provides motor vehicle access to certain state lands administered by DEC. MAPPWD permit holders are permitted uncommon access to activities such as hunting, fishing, camping and wildlife observation. The permit is only issued to qualified people with disabilities, who must complete and submit the application linked below.

Permit holders can use a permitted vehicle to travel beyond the reach of public roads, to areas where others must hike or bike. The permit provides access for those who seek solitude, connection to nature, undisturbed wildlife habitat, and inclusion with fellow sportspeople.

MAPPWD Routes have been carefully selected in order to protect natural areas and recreational activities. Access is restricted to designated routes only.

Application Instructions and Forms

Designated Routes

List of Designated MAPPWD Routes (PDF) Includes a list of local DEC offices. Revised May 2020.

September 2019 update:

User Survey

Please complete this brief survey to share your thoughts on the MAPPWD program and tell us how you use the permit.

User Survey (PDF)

More about Motorized Access Program for People with Disabilities (MAPPWD):

  • MAPPWD Policy (CP-3) - This page contains Commissioner's Policy 3 (CP-3) which establishes the rules under which the Department issues motorized access permits to people with qualifying disabilities.
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