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Coming Soon: CPW's Simplified Shopping Experience
Coming Soon: CPW's Simplified Shopping Experience

CPW is in the process of transitioning to an upgraded licensing, pass, registration and reservation system. 

All purchasing will be unavailable for a few days beginning January 1, 2018. All customers will need to have an individual email address and password to apply for or purchase CPW products with the new system. Make sure your current contact information and email are up to date​ with us.​





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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR NEW
INTEGRATED PURCHASING SYSTEM


General System Information

Upcoming Timeline

System blackout begins: January 1, 2018
Go-live: 1st weekend of January, 2018
2018 Spring Turkey apps accepted: January 10th
2018 Habitat Stamp available: January 10th

What is the new system? 

This new integrated purchasing system will now be a one-stop shop for all items that can be purchased from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. This includes all hunting and fishing licenses and required stamps, annual parks passes, camping reservations and merchandise.

What does it replace? 

The system combines and improves upon legacy systems previously used for purchases and customer service​​.

Why is CPW moving to the new system?

Combining all purchasing and customer service into one system allows CPW to provide better customer service and a more streamlined purchasing experience. All customers will now have one system and one account for any purchases from CPW. 

What makes this better for customers?

  • All customers will now have one system and account for any and all purchases from CPW. 
  • Customers can look up past and current purchases, application history and preference points all in one place.
  • Hunters will no longer have to pay for their license choices at the time they apply. 
    • Only the $3 application fee will be charged for each application submitted, as well as $10 for the 2018 Habitat Stamp
    • The credit card on file will be charged only if a hunter draws a license or owes the preference point fee
    • Hunters ​can also change their applications themselves up until the draw deadline, ensuring that the application goes through the draw exactly as they intend

What can I expect during the blackout period?

During the changeover to our new system, customers will not be able to make any purchases online or at our offices, parks or sales agents. 

All purchases will be impacted, including:
  • Camping, cabin and yurt reservations
  • Online hunter education, including mountain lion exams
  • Hunter reservation system
  • All license purchases (Including waterfowl stamps)
  • Habitat stamps
  • Online park pass sales
  • Registration renewals
  • Online retail orders
  • Online license purchases


​Where can I find updates during the blackout period?

During this transition, you can visit our blog, which will be detailing our progress​​​ and sharing updates as the transition team has them.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Boat fishing at Lathrop State Park.

Hunting and Angling

What do I need to buy a license online?

  • Every hunter and angler, including youth, will need both a unique email address and password to but or apply for a license online. 
  • Existing CPW license holders will need their Customer Identification number (CID) (from a previous CPW license), their birthdate and a unique identifier (like a driver's license or passport) to look up their previous CPW record and create a new account.
  • New CPW license customers will need to create an account, entering their email and creating a password, as well as providing contact and identification information the first time they use the system. New customers are able to create an account and receive a CID during business hours by calling any CPW office or the main telephone number, 303-291-1192 ahead of the system blackout. 


How do I apply for a Big Game or Turkey hunting license?

  • Starting in 2018, all resident and nonresident applications for all big game, including sheep and goat, and turkey will only be accepted online and by phone: 1-800-244-5613
  • How to log into the new system: Use the links on any of the applicable pages at cpw.state.co.us​ or log directly into the new system at (site link coming soon).

How do I apply as part of a group?

  • One person must be the group leader and all applications in that group are linked together with that group leader’s CID. 
  • The group leader must apply first so that the group members’ hunt code choices can be validated.
    • Group applications for any number of people are accepted for the primary draw for elk, deer, pronghorn, bear, and turkey.
    • Group applications for up to two individuals are accepted for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and mountain goat. Residents and nonresidents may not apply together as a group for these species.
    • Group applications are not accepted for moose, desert bighorn sheep, or any leftover draw.
  • For full details, see our Group Hunt Applicat​​ion FAQs for 2018 ​



Tent at Pearl Lake State Park.

​State Parks and Camping​

What do I need to buy a parks pass online?

  • Parks pass purchasers ​​​​will be considered new customers in the updated system. 
  • All new CPW customers will need to create an account, entering their email and creating a password, as well as providing contact and identification information the first time they use the new purchasing and reservations system.


What do I need to get a camping reservation online?

  • Existing Reserve America and Colorado camping customers can use their existing email and password to pull up their previous CPW record. New identifiers, including birth date and driver's license, will need to be added to your account before a reservation can be made.​
  • New customers will need to create an account, including entering their contact and identification information, as well as an email and password, the first time they use the new system.

When can I make my reservations?

  • If your camping plans are taking place within six months of today’s date, you may make those reservations now. This rolling reservation date window remains in place through December 31st, 2017.
  • If any date of your camping plans fall outside of six months from today’s date, through December 31, 2017, you will not be able to make a reservation until the system changeover is complete. After launch, the six month reservation window will re-open.

What do I need to buy a retail item like a hat, patch, or subscription to Colorado Outdoors?

  • Retail and publications customers will be considered new customers in the updated system. 
  • All new CPW customers will need to create an account, entering their email and creating a password, as well as providing contact and identification information the first time​​ they use the new purchasing and reservations system.​