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California Board of Accountancy


Under the direction of Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent Stay-At-Home order, the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) office is closed to the public until further notice, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. CBA staff will continue to perform services, such as processing applications, during this time. We will still be accepting mail deliveries at the CBA office address, so please continue sending all correspondence to:

California Board of Accountancy
Venture Oaks Way, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA

We encourage you to contact the CBA by email during this time, and you can find a full list of appropriate addresses here.


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.


If your license expiration date is March 31, 2020 through December 31, 2020, you have until April 22, 2021 to complete your required continuing education (CE) and submit your CE worksheet to the CBA.

If your license expiration date is January 31, 2021 or February 28, 2021, you have until June 15, 2021 to complete your required CE and submit your CE worksheet to the CBA.

Please note that this waiver is only for CE and there is no need to apply for the waiver. Important: Your renewal fee and renewal application must be submitted timely to avoid a lapse in licensure. Once your CE is completed, please send a copy of your renewal application with your CE records to the CBA, preferably by email to


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.

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