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Certified Public Accountants

DCRA is currently accepting renewal applications for occupational and professional licenses.

  • As of July 1, 2021, you may start submitting your renewal application online if your license reflects an expiration date during the COVID-19 pandemic. For licenses that expire October 31, 2021 or later, renewal notices will be sent at a later date.
  • You are strongly encouraged to renew early to ensure that renewal is completed before enforcement begins.
  • All occupational and professional licenses are issued biennially, with the exception of Special Police Officers, whose licenses are issued annually. Licenses that expire October 31, 2021 or later may be renewed as per their usual renewal cycles. Note: if your license reflects an expiration date of 2022, no renewal action is required until 2022 when you may renew beginning 90 days before your current license expires. 

General Information

The District of Columbia Board of Accountancy regulates the licenses of professional accountants and protects consumers by upholding the District of Columbia accountancy license law.

The Board consists of five members appointed by the Mayor. Four members must each hold a license as a certified public accountant (CPA) in the District, hold a valid permit to practice, and have practiced public accountancy as a CPA in the District for a minimum of five years at the time of appointment. One member must be a non-accountant representing consumers. Three members of the Board constitute a quorum.

The Board meets the first Friday of each month at 9:00 a.m. at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs located at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024. Due to the public health emergency, all board meetings are currently being held virtually.

Board meeting minutes are available at www.open-dc.gov.

Applicant

Apply for license

Click to apply for a license.

 

Items Needed for Application

  • One 2”x2” passport-style photo (.jpeg format)
  • Un-expired government-issued ID (e.g., driver’s license)*
  • Debit or credit card to pay application, exam, or license fees

 

CPA - U.S. Reciprocity Application

  • Letter of Certification must be requested from the state board of accountancy where applicant is licensed and sent directly to the DC Board

CPC - U.S. Corp/Partnership (CPC) Application

  • Letter of Good standing must be requested from DC Corporations.  must be requested from the state board of accountancy where applicant is licensed to be sent directly to the Board

CPA Examination

  • Official transcript (s) requested from institution sent to Board
  • Applicants educated outside of the United States must: 
    • Have the certified/original transcript(s) of their educational program evaluated by NASBA International Evaluation Services and  forwarded to the Board; and
    • Have completed a course in federal income taxes (minimum of 3 semester hours) at an accredited university or college in the United States.
  • Verification of Experience- uploaded onto application or experience verification submitted electronically
    • NASBA experience verification report is accepted

CPA Not to Practice - Examination

  • Official transcript (s) requested from institution to Board
  • Applicants educated outside of the United States must: 
    • Have the certified/original transcript(s) of their educational program evaluated by NASBA International Evaluation Services (NIES)
    • Have their credential evaluation forwarded to the Board; and
    • Have completed a course in federal income taxes (minimum of three semester hours) at an accredited university or college in the United States.

 

Examination

Examinations are available through the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. To schedule an exam, visit nasba.org/exams/cpaexam.

 

Fees  

Certified Public Accountants

  • Application $65.00   
  • License $110.00 (up to 2 years)
  • Renewal $110.00 (up to 2 years)  
  • Late Renewal Fee $50.00   
  • Examination/Re-examination See § 3500.3   
  • Reinstated License $110.00 (up to 2 years)  
  • Inactive Status $110.00   
  • Duplicate License $30.00   
  • Verification of Records $30.00   
  • Permit to Practice $110.00 (up to 2 years)

Public Accountants

  • Renewal $110.00   
  • Late Renewal Fee $50.00   
  • Examination/Re-examination See §3500.3  
  • Inactive Status $110.00   
  • Duplicate License $30.00   
  • Verification of Records $30.00

Refund Request
 

Licensee

License Renewal
Expiration Date: December 31; Renewal Year: Even

Submit an application for renewal of an occupational or professional license.

Continuing Education  
Continuing Education Reporting Form

Letter of Certification/License Verification
Request a Letter of License Certification
Experience Verification Form

 

Calendar

Meeting Dates  

  • January 8, 2021
  • February 5, 2021
  • March 5, 2021
  • April - Recess
  • May 7, 2021
  • June 4, 2021
  • July 2, 2021
  • August 27, 2021
  • September - No meeting
  • October 1, 2021
  • November 5, 2021
  • December 3, 2021

Contact Us

Board Members

Robert Todero – Chair, CPA
Antonia Browning Smiley – CPA
Angela Avant – CPA
Joseph Drew – Consumer Member
Bridget Gagne – CPA

To apply for a vacancy, please visit the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments for more information and an application.

Board Staff

Kevin Cyrus – Board Administrator
Leon Lewis – Program Coordinator
Kathy Thomas – Education Liaison

For more information, please contact DCRA’s Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration using our online inquiry form, via email at dcra@dc.gov, by phone at (202) 442-4320.
Direct Email: opla.accountancy@dc.gov

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