March 26, 2024

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation sent an informational email to licensees of the department on March 22, 2024. The unintended result of the informational email has caused confusion. The Illinois CPA Society has contacted IDFPR leadership for clarification of the message content.

• The email was sent to over 1 million licensees of the department.

• While the email gives the appearance of general applicability to all licensees as informational, ICPAS’ interpretation is applicability to a narrower group of licensees whose licenses are in a “refuse to renew” status due to issues that may result in discipline. Licensees who receive a notice that your license is  recommended for “refuse to renew” should respond to the department to address the issue. If your license is placed in “refuse to renew” status, you must complete a Petition for Restoration before attempting to reinstate or restore your license.

Bottom line up front—fees submitted for licenses that have been categorized as “refused to renew” will not be refunded. Check the status of your license prior to renewing your license. 


Illinois CPA Licenses expire on September 30, 2024.

• CPAs and CPA firms are encouraged to log into the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation website to ensure that your access password works, and that all information included is correct.

• CPA licensure renewal notices will be emailed to the email address you have provided to the department.

The Illinois CPA Society will continue to provide you with renewal updates as they become available.