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  • Is the licensee's address of record public information?

    Yes, a licensee's address of record is public information pursuant to California Code of Regulations Title 16, Division 1, Article 1, Section 3, Notification of Change of Address, Section 5009 of the Business and Professions Code, and the California Public Records Act.

  • Does the CBA provide information about a CPA's education?

    No, a consumer is advised to request that information from the licensee.

  • Does the CBA provide what firm the CPA is employed by to consumers?

    No, the CBA does not maintain that type of information on licensees. Employment situations change so frequently that the CBA cannot maintain accurate information.

  • Exactly what license information is available on the License Lookup?

    The information available through the License Lookup feature is the following public information:

    • Licensee / Firm Name
    • Type of License
    • License Number
    • License Status
    • Experience Completed
    • Expiration Date
    • Issue Date
    • Address of Record

    Additionally, the following enforcement actions are available through the License Lookup feature:

    • Names of licensees for which accusations have been filed and are pending possible enforcement action.
    • Summaries of decisions since July 1, 1993, for licenses revoked, surrendered, or placed on long-term probation (beyond three years).
    • Summaries for all other enforcement actions within the past seven years.

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