Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

CUI Category: Export Controlled

Banner Marking for Specified Authorities: CUI//SP-EXPT

Banner Marking for Basic Authorities: CUI

Category Description:

Unclassified information concerning certain items, commodities, technology, software, or other information whose export could reasonably be expected to adversely affect the United States national security and nonproliferation objectives. To include dual use items; items identified in export administration regulations, international traffic in arms regulations (ITAR) and the munitions list; license applications; and sensitive nuclear technology information.

Category Marking: EXPT
Alternative Banner Marking for Basic Authorities: CUI//EXPT
Banner Format and Marking Notes:

Banner Format:

CUI//Category Marking//Limited Dissemination Control


Marking Notes:

  • The CUI Control Marking may consist of either the word “CONTROLLED” or the acronym “CUI”, depending on agency policy.
  • Category marking is optional when marking Basic CUI unless required by agency policy. Example: CUI//Limited Dissemination Control.
  • Category Marking preceded by "SP-" is required when marking Specified CUI. Example: CUI//SP-Category Marking//Limited Dissemination Control
  • Whether CUI is Basic or Specified is determined by the applicable Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority for a given instance of CUI.
  • Separate multiple Category Markings by a single forward slash (/) and list Category Markings alphabetically. Example: CUI//Category Marking A/Category Marking B//Limited Dissemination Control
  • Category Markings for Specified CUI precede Category Markings for Basic CUI. Example: CUI//SP-Category Marking/Category Marking//Limited Dissemination Control
  • Separate multiple Limited Dissemination Controls by a single forward slash (/). Example: CUI//Category Marking//Limited Dissemination Control/Limited Dissemination Control
  • Reference 32 CFR 2002.20, CUI Marking Handbook, Limited Dissemination Controls and individual agency policy for additional and specific marking guidelines




Notes for Safeguarding, Dissemination and Sanction Authorities:


  • Whether CUI is Basic or Specified is determined by the applicable Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority for that CUI.
  • Each "Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority" citation links to the statute, regulation or government-wide policy authorizing the control of that information as CUI.
  • Each "Sanctions" authority links to the statute, regulation or government-wide policy that includes penalties for CUI misuse of CUI for the associated "Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority" on the same line.
Safeguarding and/or Dissemination Authority Basic or
Banner Marking Sanctions
50 USC 4614(c) Basic CUI  
13 USC 301(g) Basic CUI  
15 CFR 736, Supplement No. 2 Specified CUI//SP-EXPT  
42 USC 2077(a) Specified CUI//SP-EXPT  
42 USC 2156 Basic CUI  
42 USC 2168(a) Basic CUI 42 USC 2168(b)
42 USC 2168(c)
15 CFR 718.3 Specified CUI//SP-EXPT  
22 CFR 124.9(a)(5) Basic CUI 22 CFR 127.3
22 CFR 126.10(b) Specified CUI//SP-EXPT  
50 USC 4605(l)(5) Basic CUI  
15 CFR 748.1(c) Specified CUI//SP-EXPT  
15 CFR 760.5(c) Specified CUI//SP-EXPT  
10 USC 130(a) Basic CUI  
32 CFR 250.4(a) Basic CUI  
32 CFR 250.9 Specified CUI//SP-EXPT  



Authority links are updated based on regular re-publication of the United States Code and Code of Federal Regulations, and the CUI Registry maintenance schedule.