Applicants

Application for CPA Licensure

TIP: Prior to submitting your application for CPA licensure, check out the Application Materials Checklist to familiarize yourself with the various materials that are required to be submitted as part of the licensure process.

The CBA offers two methods for submitting your application for CPA licensure. Please consider the information below when determining what method best fits your needs. If you are attempting to renew your license, please visit the License Renewal Payment Portal.

Online

The Online Application for CPA Licensure provides a means to quickly submit your application. The above video gives you an overview of the application process, and specific instructions for how to complete it. It is worth your time to watch it before you begin your application. Please note the following:

  • You will be required to pay the application processing fee by credit card prior to submitting your application.
  • You will have the option to pre-pay your initial licensing fee with your application processing fee prior to submitting your application.
  • You will have the ability to modify your application prior to submitting the application to the CBA for processing.
  • You will have the ability to upload specific documentation (e.g., experience forms, evidence of honorable discharge, evidence of refugee or asylee status, etc.).
  • The Online Application for CPA Licensure will not accept uploads of education transcripts. You may submit your education transcripts using the paper or electronic process. Transcript submission instructions can be found at the following link:
    https://www.dca.ca.gov/cba/send_transcripts_electronically.shtml

Paper

For those who prefer to mail their application, use the Application for CPA Licensure Please note the following:

  • You will be required to submit your application processing fee by check or money order along with the paper application. If you are out of the country without access to a US Affiliated Bank, you may use wire transfer.
  • You will be required to pay your initial licensing fee once your application is approved.
  • You may submit your education transcripts using the paper or electronic process. Transcript submission instructions can be found at the following link:
    https://www.dca.ca.gov/cba/send_transcripts_electronically.shtml

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