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Certified Public Accountants - Licensing

How to Become a Certified Public Accountant
Definitions - Qualified vs. Registered/Certified vs. Licensed
CPAs can exist in three states:
Certificate - Qualified
Holds a certificate, issued by DCP, acknowledging that they have met all the requirements to become a CPA (i.e. achieved the required education, passed the required exams, and accumulated the required experience.) However, it does not allow the holder to use the designation CPA on any materials, or practice as a CPA. Pre-requisite to becoming Registered or Licensed, but may do this simultaneously with becoming Registered or Licensed.
$150 – one-time fee
Has registered their certificate with DCP and is permitted to use the CPA designation with their name on printed materials (e.g. business cards, letterhead, checks, etc). Does NOT permit them to practice as a CPA.
$40 – initial and renewal
May use the CPA designation and practice as a CPA.
$150 – initial
$565 – renewal
* May only hold one of these states at any given time, but may go back and forth between them.
Note: Non-licensed CPAs may still do accounting work, but may not represent themselves as CPAs.

Firm Permit
Note: Firms are permitted separately. However, an individual operating as a legal entity must hold both an individual license and a firm permit.
Change to Existing License (Name, Address, Status)