Electronic Submission of Certification Applications

Historic Preservation Certification Application submission and review are now fully electronic. Hard copy applications are no longer accepted. As of August 15, 2023, all applications submitted to SHPOs and materials submitted to the NPS in response to requests for additional information must be submitted electronically

All applications must use the current application forms and instructions dated "Rev. 6/2023"

All applications must follow the NPS file- and photo-naming conventions and instructions on organizing files for electronic submission. The naming conventions and instructions are provided in a PDF format for easy dowload and reference.


Applicants must sign the application cover sheet electronically. Three types of electronic signatures (e-signatures) are accepted: 1) a scanned PDF of an actual, original wet-signed application, 2) a scanned or digitized version of an actual, original handwritten signature, and 3) a digital signature using a digital ID (e.g., using Adobe software). A name typed in a different font and other types of generated signature images are not accepted.

Applicants are not required to resubmit applications electronically if the application was submitted to the SHPO or the NPS prior to August 15, and review of the application is still in process. For example, if an application was submitted prior to August 15 and later put on hold for more information, and the applicant submits the additional information now, the additional information must be in the electronic format. The original application and submittals will remain hard copy, but any material submitted after August 15 must be in electronic format.

Please note that each SHPO will have their own process for the submission of electronic applications to their office. Please check the SHPO website or contact the SHPO for information on their electronic submittal process.

Question & Answer Sessions for Program Users

TPS has scheduled Question & Answer sessions for program users:

September 20 and 27, 4:00 - 5:00 pm ET. Register for these sessions (click link or copy/paste into a browser): https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1042587045145017686

October 11 and 25, 4:00 - 4:30 pm ET. Register for these sessions (click link or copy/paste into a browser: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4126135520492531031

Questions about the electronic submission process may be addressed to NPS_TPS@nps.gov.

Last updated: September 20, 2023