Commercial Bus Tours

Commercial transportation "consists of one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure/recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provision of this service." The permit holder usually owns or rents the vehicle that is used for this purpose.

There is no application processing fee charged to commercial bus tour operators who provide transportation only. Beginning in 2014, all commercial bus permits will be issued for two (2) years from the date of issue, provided the insurance certificate on file in the Special Permits Office is current at all times.

Also, in January 2014, we implemented a 'STEP-ON GUIDE' permit that will be required for all individuals or companies who provide hired or commercial guiding services to groups of people traveling together. Please visit our Commercial Use Authorizations page for more information on the Step-On Guide application package.

Applications for 2016 Commercial Bus Tours are currently being accepted. Our process has changed. Please do not use forms, instructions or checklists from previous years. Submit package either electronically or via regular mail. Please do not FAX your application. Send the entire package listed below to:

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Office of Special Park Use
Death Valley National Park
PO Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328

Download the items listed below to apply for a 2016 Commercial Bus Tour permit:

IMPORTANT: All CUA holders from 2015 are required to submit a Year end-Report (Gross receipts must be reported accurately on a CUA Annual Report and returned to the park no later than the 15th of January of the year following services.) This report is due when all trips have been completed for 2015 but no later than January 15, 2016. Reports can be emailed to: . Please be sure that the e-mail address on your application will be received by a responsible party as all communication with you will take place via e-mail. Your application will then be processed in the order it was received.

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328


(760) 786-3200

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