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California Board of Accountancy


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.

Complete Initial License applications received by have been reviewed and the applicant has been notified of any outstanding deficiencies or approval.

Complete CPA Exam applications received by have been reviewed and the applicant has been notified of any outstanding deficiencies or approval.

The CBA has taken the following actions to address the increase in the processing times:

  • Processes have been modified to streamline the issuing of licenses.
  • Staff throughout the board are working overtime.
  • Temporarily reassigned staff outside of the Licensing Division to assist.
  • Seasonal staff are being hired.
  • Technology equipment was deployed to all staff to facilitate effective and efficient telework.
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.


On March 30, 2021, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued a new continuing education (CE) extension waiver for licenses that expire between March 31, 2020, and May 31, 2021. Licensees have until September 30, 2021 to satisfy any waived CE requirements, unless the waiver is further extended.

The March 30, 2021 order rescinds the DCA’s previous three CE extension waivers issued in October 2020, December 2020 and February 2021. Licensees must still comply with other renewal requirements, including completing and submitting required renewal forms and paying renewal fees by their respective due dates.


To support our applicants during the pandemic, the CBA is extending the expiration date of any CPA Exam credits expiring between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, until June 30, 2021. No action is required, and client accounts are updated.

For information regarding NTS, please see our Applicant FAQs.

Electronic Document Submission and Online Renewal Payments

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

  • Transcripts (see COVID FAQs for details on electronic delivery options) 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

COVID-19 Resources for CBA Applicants and Licensees


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


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.


Learn more about how to get vaccinated by visiting the state’s COVID-19 website, The state’s website has information on vaccination eligibility, how to sign up for an appointment via, local health jurisdiction resources, and more.

Federal Retail Pharmacy Program & Vaccine Appointments: The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program has been activated with select pharmacy partners. California’s current pharmacy partners are CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Albertsons. Pharmacy partners are now offering COVID-19 vaccines in their select store locations. For eligibility and scheduling, visit the California Department of Public Health’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program page.

Eligibility Expands Statewide Beginning March 15: Beginning March 15, 2021, healthcare providers may use their clinical judgment to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at high risk from COVID-19 as the direct result of certain conditions and settings, as specified in the California Department of Public Health’s Provider Bulletin:

  • Individuals with one or more severe health conditions
  • Individuals with developmental or other severe disabilities or illness
  • Individuals who live or work in a high risk congregate residential setting
  • Public transit workers
For further details, please review the California Department of Public Health’s Provider Bulletin, Fact Sheet and COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Guidelines. Additional information and resources are available at California’s COVID-19 vaccine website.

Individuals with the above conditions are strongly encouraged to seek vaccination with a primary health care provider or system, or in an alternate clinical setting. Additional ways individuals can find appointments are through pharmacies, local health departments, community pop-up clinics, online at and by calling the COVID-19 hotline at (833)422-4255.

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