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How to Get/Renew a MCAS Miramar Stowe Trail Permit during COVID-19

I drove out this morning to MCAS Miramar to renew my Stowe Pass. Here’s how it went/things to know:

  1. I printed the 2 documents and filled them out at home, taking with me the needed identification to verify what’s on the documents. Documents are here:
  2. I arrived to MCAS Miramar. A sign says to remove your face mask when driving up to the guard/check station.
  3. I simply said, “I’m here to renew my Stowe Pass at Vehicle Registration.” She pointed me in the direction right there off to the right. I did not have any Department of Defense ID. I was not asked for my driver’s license.
  4. Parked. Go up to the Vistor Center/Vehicle Registration door. There are several signs on the door, including one that had me thinking I wasn’t going to get my pass. You’ll see it. I saw another sign saying that only 2 people are allowed inside at one time. I opened the door, with my face mask on my face, peeked in, and immediately a gentleman behind the glass asked me to wait outside. Nice enough. No issue.
  5. I waited outside, the first one in line. There are yellow X’s on the pavement indicating where to stand. Wait time: about 10 minutes. A resident rabbit was eating a weed and hopping about the area.
  6. A woman walked out and then I walked in.
  7. The gentleman behind the glass took my documents, identification, and my current Stowe Trail permit. It expires tomorrow. I was then asked to sit and wait on one of the benches inside.
  8. I waited less than 10 minutes. I was called over and handed my new permit. I then exited and drove home.
  9. Note: a new photo/head shot was not taken. They used the one on file from last year.
  10. I’d guess that new permits would be authorized.
2019 Poppies on the Stowe Trail

4 comments on “How to Get/Renew a MCAS Miramar Stowe Trail Permit during COVID-19

  1. Susie A. Murphy

    Thank you for updating everyone! This is Great! Happy and safe trails to all!

    • James Murren

      You’re welcome, Susie! Will update other trail info as I experience things/when they open. Stay safe, SDMBA’ers and San Diego gente! And, get outside since “summer” is here! — James

  2. Thanks James. I had pretty good luck Wednesday Nov 24 to get my initial permit. Filled out everything in advance. Being retired military, I had an ID for easy access to base. I was very pleasantly surprised when the staff told me I would get the permit in just a few minutes while I waited. I noticed the picture on the permit is the same as my military ID; so I’m in their database and a background check is probably constantly monitored for us with access to bases. Thanks again.

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