IDFPR Email Renewal Notice—As an Illinois licensed or registered Certified Public Accountant, you will soon be receiving an email from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) with your renewal PIN and a link to an online website where you can renew your CPA license and/or registration. 2018 is a license renewal year for Illinois CPAs.  

Your renewal email notice from IDFPR will be from the email address [email protected] You should not ignore the FPR email as you will not receive a yellow post card renewal notice as in the past. If you are uncertain if IDFPR has a current email address, check your info on their website

Fees & CPE Requirements—Licensed CPAs will pay a renewal fee of $120 and must have completed 120 hours of continuing education. Licensed CPAs renewing for the first time must renew and pay fees but are exempt from CPE requirements. Registered CPAs will pay a renewal fee of $90 and are exempt from CPE requirements for every renewal. 
See ICPAS CPE Guide & IDPFR Electronic Payment Methods

If you have both a CPA license and a registration and wish to maintain both credentials, you will need to renew both the CPA license and the registration separately. 

Peer Review Requirements—CPA firms and sole practitioners who perform audits and/or reviews of historical financial statements and/or examinations of prospective financial statements must undergo a peer review prior to renewal every three years as a condition for license renewal. For more info, visit the ICPAS Peer Review webpage.

Seamless Renewal Process—The Illinois CPA Society is working closely with IDFPR to ensure a seamless license renewal process. ICPAS encourages CPAs to renew early online to avoid delays in processing of renewals.  You may also wish to access our licensing section of our website for more information. 

ICPAS Takeaways
1. Ensure all information on file with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is accurate. 
2. Watch for renewal email from [email protected]  
3. Ensure all continuing education requirements are completed. 
4. Renew early and on time. 
5. Late renewals are not retroactively corrected.