How do I verify a CPA license?

To confirm that a CPA has an active license, you may contact the State Board of Accountancy where the individual obtained his or her license. This list of state contact information will help you connect. In addition, you can use the NASBA CPA Verify tool. Note that the CPA Verify tool does not cover every state.

What is the difference between a registered and licensed CPA?

A CPA certificate, in most cases, is simply an acknowledgment. It means that you passed the CPA examination and fulfilled the minimum requirements to take it. A CPA license, on the other hand, is issued when you complete all the requirements from a board of accountancy to become a CPA.

How do I maintain my CPA license in Illinois?

Licensed CPAs Must complete 120 hours of CPE every three years (including 4 hours of ethics taken from an approved sponsor and one hour of sexual harassment prevention training from an Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation approved continuing education provider).

How do I print my Idfpr license?

You may go to and send them either a printed or electronic copy of your license.

Where can I check my CPA status?

The public can now check on the license status of certified public accountants in 23 jurisdictions free-of-charge through, a Website launched by NASBA on October 24. The site is populated by official state regulatory data received from the State Boards of Accountancy.

How do I find the best CPA?

How to Find a Good CPA for Your Taxes

  1. 7 tips to find a good CPA. Here are seven tips for selecting a good CPA for your taxes:
  2. Ask about their specialization.
  3. Verify their identification number.
  4. Look up their license.
  5. Consider their experience.
  6. Confirm their willingness to sign.
  7. Ask for advice.
  8. Determine their fees.

When can I put CPA after my name?

Use cpa after your name only when a state would confirm you’re licenced. Not a fan of putting MBA after a name. It’s a degree not a title.

Can you call yourself an accountant without a CPA?

As long as they do misrepresent their qualifications, almost anyone can call themselves an accountant. This isn’t true of CPAs (Certified Public Accountants), which is a designation that requires specialized training.

How do I maintain my CPA license?


  1. Annual minimum of 20 CPE credits.
  2. 120 CPE credits every 3 years, including 8 hours of ethics.
  3. Maintain records of completed CPE credits.
  4. CPE courses must comply with BOA rules.
  5. Renew CPA certificate and report CPE based on BOA rules.

How do I upload documents to Idfpr?

Uploading a Document Log on to the Iron Data Online website. 2. Select ONLINE SERVICES, and then select the Upload Documents link. Note: You can also scroll down to the Activities section, and then click the Upload Documents link.