Excelsior Pass: What You Need to Know

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Anyone vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 in the State of New York is eligible for a Pass, and there are currently three different types of Passes:

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Pass
  • COVID-19 PCR Test Pass
  • COVID-19 Antigen Test Pass

The COVID-19 Vaccination Pass is currently valid for 365 days after the final dose of the vaccine was administered.

The COVID-19 PCR Test Pass is valid until midnight on the third day after your test. After your COVID-19 PCR Test Pass expires, a new test is required to retrieve a new Pass.

The COVID-19 Antigen Test Pass is valid for 6 hours after your test. After your COVID-19 Antigen Test Pass expires, a new test is required to retrieve a new Pass.

Retrieving a Pass

To retrieve a Pass, visit the Excelsior Pass website at https://epass.ny.gov. You will need to provide some basic personal information, including your first and last name, date of birth and zip code. You'll also need to verify your health information with three "challenge questions" whose answers are unique to you. Because we do not save or store your personal information, you will need to enter this information every time you retrieve a new Pass.

Once you’ve retrieved your Pass, you can print it, screenshot it, save it in the Excelsior Pass Wallet app, or save it to your smartphone's native wallet. The Excelsior Pass Wallet app is available for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and is an easy way to store and present your Passes.

Your Pass is generated based on data information available in State and City immunization and COVID-19 testing databases. Some entities that are not under the regulatory authority of the State of New York (e.g., federal entities, first nations and jurisdictions outside of New York State) may not report into these systems, which may make a Pass unavailable at this time. 

New York residents who were vaccinated outside of New York State may also retrieve their Vaccination Pass once their vaccination information has been entered into the State and City registries by their health care provider.

If you were tested or fully vaccinated outside of the State of New York, you can always show alternate proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results, like another mobile application or paper form, directly at a business or venue. 

New York residents

For more information about getting started with Excelsior Pass, visit our FAQs.

Detailed instructions about how to access a Pass or download the Excelsior Pass Wallet app are available in our step-by-step user guides:

Use Your Excelsior Pass

There will be many opportunities to use Excelsior Pass, with more coming soon!

Currently, several industries are currently or expected to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results for entry. With Excelsior Pass, participating businesses and venues can scan and validate your Pass to ensure that you meet any COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements for entry. Along with your Pass, you may be asked to show a photo ID that shows your name and birth date to verify that the Pass belongs to you. Adults may hold passes for accompanying minors. Once you and your party enter an establishment, you will still be asked to follow other State guidance regarding social distancing or face coverings.

What to do before going to a venue or business participating in Excelsior Pass:
If a COVID-19 test is required by a venue or event, please make sure to get your test within the correct window of time, so that the provider has enough time to return your test result. You should talk to your test provider in advance if you’re unsure if they can report the test result back in the required time period. Whenever a participating business or venue requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results as a condition for entry, you may use Excelsior Pass or alternate forms of proof, like a mobile application or paper form.

If you're attending an event or business and you're not sure if you can use Excelsior Pass—please check with the business or venue in advance.

Security and Privacy

Your data is private and secure with Excelsior Pass. Your personal data will not be used for sales or marketing purposes or shared with a third party, other than for the sole purpose of validating COVID-19 vaccination or test results. If you choose to use the Excelsior Pass Wallet app, no personal health information is stored on your device beyond your saved Passes. You may delete Passes at any time. Answers to the “challenge questions” used to verify your identity when retrieving a Pass are not stored, which is why you need to verify your identity every time you retrieve a new Pass. Your Pass contains cryptographic signatures that ensure that it is genuine and that no data-tampering has occurred.

Excelsior Pass gives you the ability to maintain control of your personal data and share it in a manner that is secure, verifiable and trusted. When your Pass is scanned, the Excelsior Pass Scanner app collects analytics about the type of Pass and the result of the scan. No personal information from Passes is collected or stored.

More information about the security and privacy of Excelsior Pass is available in our FAQs.