Colorado Preference Point Instructions

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) transitioned to a new purchasing system January 2018 and began taking draw applications March 1, 2018, the deadline to apply is April 3, 2018. Colorado Big Game license applications will only be accepted online at, or by phone: 1-800-244-5613 (24/7) Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

The new system sells all CPW products, including licenses, park passes and state park camping reservations. If you have purchased a big game license or preference points in the past it is important to first look up your account online using your CID number which you will find on an old license, Look up your account FIRST, establish a password (new) and verify all your information before you begin any applications. There are new fields that may be blank or did not transfer correctly so make sure everything is completed and correct before you begin. Phone 303-297-1192 (M-F, 8am-5pm MT) if you find an error that you cannot correct on your own.

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Read the Frequently Asked Questions about the new integrated purchasing system and DON’T Worry, one of the best features of the new system is HUNTERS CAN CHANGE OR CORRECT THEIR APPLICATIONS THEMSELVES UP UNTIL THE DRAW DEADLINE OF APRIL 3, 2018.

Once logged in verify all your information and make any corrections. Near the bottom where it says “Going Hunting or Fishing” answer Yes and Add the additional information required there. All your information is in one place now, you can view past purchases, preference points, and active licenses here when you login. If you have preference points check them now.

Applying for Preference Points: While Logged in and on the My Account – Account Summary select “Licensing” in the upper blue Menu Bar, drop down and select “Big Game and Turkey” Choose Resident or Non-Resident and “Proceed” in the lower right corner. For an “Elk Preference Point” scroll down and select “Elk” then “Apply Now” on the right. Select “I am not hunting in a group” and then “Proceed”. On the first line of Choice Codes enter the elk preference point only code E-P-999-99-P. Scroll down to the instruction that says “If I am unsuccessful in this drawing, please send me:” and select either “Nothing” if you will not be hunting this fall or select an OTC License to hunt this fall.

Your entry will be confirmed on the next screen, check it and Edit your Choices & Unsuccessful Option if necessary or if correct select “Add to Cart” in the lower right corner. The next screen may ask for your hunter safety information, enter that and select “Add to Cart”. A $10.00 habitat stamp will automatically be added to your cart at this point, answer OK.

If you want a preference points for another species select it and repeat the process: Deer Preference Point Code is: D-P-999-99-P When finished select “Go to Cart” Review the contents and enter a credit card for payment of the $10 Habitat Stamp and $3.00 application fee for each point applied for ($13.00 if Elk Only or $16.00 for both Elk & Deer). Then enter a the credit card information in the second area for the card you want charged with the preference point only fee of $40 if you are not hunting…………. Or the OTC License fee. This card will be charged for these fees after the draw and ONLY when you are award the preference point or license. You no longer must pay for a license and wait for a refund after the draw.

Scroll to the bottom of the Terms and Conditions, check the I have read and agree box, and select “Submit Payment “ in the lower right corner. You will get a confirmation page “Your order is complete” You should print this or make a note of the Order Number. Payments made using credit cards will appear on your statement as “ACT CO Parks & Wildlife”.

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