Applying for a CUA

Online CUA Application and Reporting System

NPS is excited to announce the online CUA system. The system is designed to standardize, modernize, and streamline the CUA application and reporting process. The system allows potential CUA applicants and CUA holders to view available CUA opportunities, apply for CUAs, submit required CUA reports, and pay CUA fees. This online system will NOT affect road-based commercial tour operators. The NPS plans to build out the online system for road-based commercial tour operator use in the future.

We will begin accepting CUA applications through the online system in fifty-four parks for the 2024 CUA season. The remainder of parks will be using the system by the 2025 CUA season. The Online CUA System site provides users with a help center that includes a user videos, FAQs, and an assistance request feature. Most questions are addressed in the user video.

Early planning ensures you have a CUA in-hand before you start commercially operating! If the park you wish to do business has not opted in to use the online CUA system for the 2024 CUA season, you may visit the park website or contact the park CUA office for application information. Use the interactive map tool below to view specific park CUA program websites.

All CUA applications are subject to a non-refundable application fee. Find out more about required CUA fees.

Last updated: December 4, 2023