PA-SHARE launch is on schedule to launch on Monday, February 22, 2021!

What does this mean?

It means that all you external users can log in, check it out, and see what we’ve been working on for the last couple years!

You’ll either login using your Keystone Login or your Commonwealth of Pennsylvania credentials. Don’t have your Keystone Login yet? This blog post walks you through that process.

If you’re an archaeologist, you’ll also want to have your archaeology privileges in place to view archaeological data. Didn’t request those yet? Check out this blog post to walk you through that process.

You’ll also want to figure out what type of PA-SHARE access works best for you. With four different ways to interact with PA-SHARE:

  • Guest Access: Ideal for one-time or infrequent users.  As an anonymous user, no account or login is required.
  • Basic Access: Ideal for users who do not need enhanced data, mapping and tracking functionality. Basic users will be able to create submissions, view the project, and edit submissions to the system and can see limited resource information. Users are required to register for a free account.
  • Pro Access: Ideal for preservation or planning professionals, students, small non-profits or municipal governments. Pro users can create, view and edit submissions, manage submissions and projects from a dashboard, and view all above ground resource information. A paid subscription account is required.
  • Business: Ideal for preservation or planning firms, county, state or federal agencies, non-profits, or large municipal governments. The features of a Business account are the same as the Pro account but allows for up to 5 users per account. A paid subscription account is required.

Take a few minutes to review the PA-SHARE Options & Subscriptions webpage for more information about each type of access.

You can sign up for a Pro or Business subscription at any time starting February 22.

Phasing out Environmental Review Resource Account

Beginning February 22, 2021, the PA SHPO will carry out our consultation responsibilities under Section 106 and the State History Code through PA-SHARE.

Similar information to what is currently collected on the Project Review Form will now be data entered in PA-SHARE. The required attachments to the Project Review Form (mapping, project description, and photographs) will be uploaded to PA-SHARE as a project document. This information will go to SHPO staff who will determine if the submission is complete and can be accepted as a project. The appropriate reviewer will then examine the project to assess the potential to affect historic properties.

Emails will be sent to the submitter when their submission is received, accepted, and reviewed in PA-SHARE. Requests for more information will also be provided via a system generated email. When the SHPO completes their review, an email will direct the submitter to the SHPO response screen in PA-SHARE. From this screen, the submitter will be able to print the SHPO response for their records.

Just a reminder: If you do not have Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (CWOPA) credentials, a PA Keystone Login account will be required for submitting projects and resources to the PA SHPO. It is important that you register for an account at

Signing In to PA-SHARE

The first time you sign in to PA-SHARE, you will be doing so as a Basic user.

On Monday morning, we’ll put the PA-SHARE link here on our blog, the PA-SHARE page on the PHMC website, and in lots of other easy to find spots.

Here is what that page will look like:

If you have your Keystone Login (or Commonwealth of Pennsylvania credentials) already, you will click “Sign In”. If you don’t, you can register for your Keystone Login by clicking “Register for an Account.”

Once you accept the disclaimer, a window will open titled “Sign in to PA-SHARE with”.

Click the blue “PA-SHARE” button in the “Enterprise login” box. If you do see the blue “PA-SHARE” button, click in the “Enterprise login” box to open it.

Another window titled “Sign in with one of these accounts” will appear on your screen.

  • If you have a Keystone Login, click “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – Citizen Login”.
  • If you have CWOPA credentials, click “CWOPA Users Click Here”.

Enter your Username and Password and click “Sign in”. You have successfully signed in as a registered user with Keystone Login when you see the “Welcome to PA-SHARE” screen.

If you’re interested in purchasing a subscription, you’ll do that through your User Profile. You’ll find the icon for that – the outline of a person – in the upper right corner of your screen.

Help & Support

There are a few different ways you can find help and support as you learn how to use PA-SHARE.

On-line help: Throughout PA-SHARE, there is robust contextual help, meaning helpful guidance right on the screen next to the area you’re working with. You can also find help through the help website associated with PA-SHARE. Just look for the question mark in a circle icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

Tutorials: Step-by-step tutorials for learning how to use PA-SHARE and all it offers will be published on the PHMC website beginning on Monday, February 22. You can find them through the PA-SHARE page by clicking on “Help Materials”.

The first set of written tutorials will cover topics like signing in, your user profile, subscribing, searching in PA-SHARE, and the Environmental Review submission wizard.

We’ll be publishing more written tutorials throughout the coming weeks to help you become familiar and comfortable with PA-SHARE. We expect to start publishing some basic video tutorials in the next month or so.

FAQ: A good FAQ document can be a lifesaver when you’re looking for a quick answer to a common question. Look for PA-SHARE FAQs on the Help Materials page of the PHMC website beginning on February 22.

Email: You can always ask us questions and look for some assistance by sending us an email at We will do our best to answer your email quickly so that you can continue with your work.

Trainings: We’ve already started scheduling webinars to introduce our different audiences to PA-SHARE. These initial trainings will focus on our agency partners about how to consult with the PA SHPO under Section 106 or the State History Code using PA-SHARE. Future trainings will cover submitting projects for our other program areas through PA-SHARE and other functionality.