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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. 

In 2006 it became law that in order for anyone to hold themselves out as a CPA to the public in Illinois, they must have an active license or registration with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), the licensing body for CPAs in Illinois. 

Anyone obtaining the CPA credential after June 30, 2012, is required to obtain a CPA license as the Registered CPA* category is no longer available for new applicants. 

Licensed CPAs

  1. May use the "CPA" designation
  2. Can perform accountancy activities,
  3. Must complete 120 hours of CPA every three years (including 4 hours of ethics) and
  4. Are exempt from the IRS requirements for the Registered Tax Return Preparer designation.

More on Licensing 

  • Initial Requirements
  • Renewing Your License
  • 2015 CPA & CPA Firm License Renewal Tips
  • CPE Requirement
  • Find a Licensed CPA
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Requirements for Other States
  • For Further Information
  • 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)





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