By Francesca Zampaglione, CPA, former PICPA Vice President, Professional Education
Greetings, my fellow CPAs! For those of you who are ready to renew your license, the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy is ready for you. Here is a quick list of things to have on hand as you prepare for the process of remaining an active CPA:
- Your registration code
This code can be found on the business size or wallet version of your license. This will be needed to log into the system, which is here: https://www.mylicense.state.pa.us/PersonSearchResults.aspx?process=APP
On this page, you will be asked for your last name and your registration code.
- Your ID and password
Once you’ve entered your name and registration code, the system will take you to a screen to create and confirm a password for your account. If you have the password that you created on your previous visit to the site, you can use the same one; you won’t need to create a new password.
Once you’ve completed this section, you will be asked for your ID, which is your last name and your password, and then will be directed to the License Home Page. This is where you will continue with the process.
- Your credits
Once you have successfully logged in, you will be provided with an online renewal checklist that highlights reporting your continuing professional education. This is summarized at the top left corner of the page, where you’ll see the following listed under Renewal Checklist:
“Demographics,” “License Address,” “Questions,” “Finish.”
- “Complete” your forms
Each item listed under the Renewal Checklist requires action by you.
The first box is “Demographics.” This will bring you to a page with information that is familiar to you. To successfully move to the next section, however, you must click on “complete.” Once you “complete” the Demographics section, the box will be checked and you will need to do the same for the License Address section.
If you do not “complete” each of these two sections, the system will not stop you from filling out the “Questions” form, but it will give you an error message that you have not completed the questions. You will know that you have successfully completed the sections as the boxes will have been checked. The system does not allow you to manually check these boxes. This must be done by clicking on “complete” in each section.
Once each section – Demographics, License Address, and Questions (this is the official renewal form, by the way) is “checked,” you can submit your form. Here you will be asked for payment.
- Your credit card for the $100 fee
The system accepts all major cards, and the fee is the same as last renewal period. You will see a confirmation page, and you should print the receipt page for your records. The board makes it clear on this page that although the fee has been accepted, it does not indicate that your license renewal/application has been issued successfully. You should expect your new license in the mail. The sooner you do this, the sooner you will receive your new license.
Hopefully, you find the process as simple as I did, even if you haven’t completed your CPE yet. If you haven’t, the PICPA has ample opportunity for you to do so.
Download PICPA's printable guide to renewing your license, a helpful tool for any CPA's desk.