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CBA OPERATIONS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

While California continues to navigate the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and limit its spread, the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) is committed to supporting our licensees, applicants, and consumers throughout the course of this pandemic and continue to provide our services.

With most CBA staff now teleworking, we are working diligently to process applications and respond to inquiries; however, we continue to experience increased processing times. We have received numerous inquiries regarding our current timeframes, so we are providing processing dates to help manage your expectations as you await information on your application. These processing dates will be updated every Friday. You can use this timeframe as an estimate for when you should be receiving your approval decision. If we received your application shortly after the date listed, you can surmise that your notification will be arriving very soon.

The CBA has processed all Initial License applications received by MAY 1, 2020, and the applicant has been notified of the outcome.

The CBA has processed all CPA Exam applications received by JUNE 1, 2020, and the applicant has been notified of the outcome.

We recognize that due to COVID-19, we are currently processing applications and payments beyond the typical 30-day timeframe. Thank you for your patience as we work through these unique circumstances. Please be sure to review the below resources and answers to frequently-asked-questions (FAQ). Then, if you have further questions, send an email to our staff.


CBA OFFICE OPEN TO PUBLIC

The California Board of Accountancy (CBA) office is once again open to the public, continuing our normal hours of operation from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Social distancing protocols will be in place to protect the health and safety of CBA staff and visitors. We encourage visitors to wear a mask and maintain a physical distance from other people of at least six feet at all times.


ALL NOTICES TO SCHEDULE AND CPA EXAM CREDIT EXPIRATIONS EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 31, 2020

To support our applicants during the pandemic, the CBA and National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) are extending the expiration date of any Notices to Schedule (NTS) or CPA Exam credits expiring between April 1 and December 30, 2020, until December 31, 2020. See our Applicants FAQs below for more details.


CONTINUING EDUCATION WAIVER GRANTED TO ANY CPA WHOSE LICENSE EXPIRED IN MARCH, APRIL, OR MAY 2020

On May 4, 2020, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-40-20, the Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) extended the deadline to complete required continuing education (CE) for licensees of the CBA (and various other DCA boards) whose license expired in March, April, or May 2020. These licensees who have yet to complete their required CE and submit their CE worksheet to the CBA have until November 4, 2020 to do so.

This temporary waiver does not apply to any CE required pursuant to a disciplinary order. For more information, see our Licensees FAQs below.


Electronic Document Submission and Online Renewal Payments

An individual may scan and email any document to the CBA, except for:

  • Transcripts (see Applicants FAQs for details) and Foreign Credential Evaluations
  • Applications for Initial CPA Licensure
Those renewing their license are encouraged to pay their renewal fee online and submit their application and continuing education documentation via email to renewalapp@cba.ca.gov.


COVID-19 Resources for CBA Applicants and Licensees

CBA COVID-19 FAQs


Please see the below webpages for additional COVID-19 related information for applicants and licensees. They will be updated as new information becomes available.

GENERAL COVID-19 RESOURCES

To stay up-to-date on general developments, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website and the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 website.

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