Jan 22, 2016

Didn’t Renew Your CPA License by Dec. 31, 2019?

By Meg Killian, vice president - member relations

Whether you forgot to renew your license or didn’t meet all the requirements to do so, there are still ways that you can remain compliant with Pennsylvania CPA laws and regulations.

If you missed the Dec. 31 deadline but did complete all the professional education requirements, you can still renew through the end of January with no additional fee.

The 2019 renewal period is the last time that there will be a renewal grace period through the end of January. Licensees who do not renew by Dec. 31, 2021, will have to reactivate their license and will be subject to a renewal fee, a reactivation fee of $35, and a late fee of $5 per month from the expiration date of the license.

If you didn’t renew your license or complete your professional education, then your license is considered expired unless you requested to put it on inactive status. If you didn’t complete your CPE and renewed anyway, there can be serious implications if you don’t take immediate action. Under both of these scenarios you are no longer allowed to hold yourself out as a certified public accountant.


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  • Meg Killian | Dec 04, 2018

    Hi Charles, you should contact the State Board at St-Accountancy@pa.gov to request a license reactivation application. You can reactivate your expired license as long as you met the education requirements during the last reporting period and pay the renewal fee, as well as a reactivation fee. More information on this can be found on our FAQs page:


  • Charles Hanlon | Dec 04, 2018

    I did not renew because I moved and never received the paperwork and forgot about it. I have the CPE credits

    but because of my stupidity my license has expired. How do I renew it at this late date? Or is there a new rule

    forbidding stupid people from renewing.


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