Licensing & Registration
Licenses are renewed on a three-year cycle set by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation--not three years from the date a license was issued. The last renewal cycle ended September 30, 2012, and the next renewal cycle ends Sept. 30, 2015.
An individual license and a license for all firms are required. An individual license is all that is required for a sole practitioner, unless the firm name suggests the firm consists of more than one person (such as "and associates" or "and company").
For further instruction on the use of the CPA (Inactive), Licensed CPA or Registered CPA titles see the Illinois Public Accounting Act FAQs.
*Registered CPA Designation
New Applications for Registered CPAs are Closed.
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) stopped accepting new applications for the "Registered CPA" category on June 30, 2012. All active registrations as of June 30th will be grandfathered and renewable for life.
Actively Registered CPAs (1) may use the "CPA" designation, (2) can perform accountancy activities except for attestation services (audits and reviews), (3) do not have a CPE requirement and (4) are not exempt from the IRS requirements for the Registered Tax Return Preparer designation (exam and education requirements)
Registered CPAs have to renew every 3 years with IDFPR in order to stay in compliance. The last renewal cycle ended Sept. 30, 2012, and the next renewal cycle will end Sept. 30, 2015.
Questions, comments, feedback on Licensing & Registration contact:
Jill Loeser, Manager, Government Relations
217.789.7914 or 800.572.9870 (Illinois only)