Renewing CPA License in Pennsylvania - PICPA

Renew Your CPA License in Pennsylvania

Online Renewal

To renew your license, log in or register through the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS)This blog post provides guidance on completing the renewal. 

Pennsylvania accountancy firm licenses also need to be renewed using the PALS website. Be sure the firm’s key person renews the license by Dec. 31, 2023.


The cost to renew a Pennsylvania CPA license or accountancy firm license is $100. The cost to renew a program sponsor license is $150.

License Renewal Notices

The Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy emails renewal notices later in the year. If you don't receive the notice, it may be in your junk/spam folder. Notices are mailed to the most recent address the licensee has reported to the State Board. The Postal Service does not forward licenses, so be sure to update your address

Reporting Period Continuing Professional Education Requirements

The Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy requires Pennsylvania CPAs to obtain 80 credit hours of CPE per biennial period and a minimum of 20 credit hours per year. As of Jan. 1, 2018, the 80 credit hours must fulfill the criteria below.*

If you provide attest services:

  • 4 credit hours - Ethics (does not need to be state specific)
  • 24 credit hours - Accounting & Auditing
  • 52 credit hours - Professional Development

If you do not provide attest services:

  • 4 credit hours - Ethics (does not need to be state specific)
  • 76 credit hours - Professional Development 

Find out more on CPE minimums and acceptable sources of CPE

*Updated CPE requirements were effective Jan. 1, 2019, for the 2018-2019 reporting period.

Peer Review Requirements 

Accounting firms and sole practitioners that performed an audit or review engagement after Dec. 31, 2017, are required to submit peer review information as part of the renewal application. Individual CPAs that perform audits or reviews as part of a licensed accounting firm only are not required to submit peer review information.

For firms with three or more licensees, a timely peer review is one that was accepted after Dec. 31, 2016. For sole practitioners and firms with one to two licensees, a timely peer review is one that was accepted after Dec. 31, 2014.

More information about peer review licensing requirements.


File your renewal application online by Dec. 31, 2023. You can submit your renewal once you have completed your CPE and peer review requirements. Individual CPAs, accountancy firms, and program sponsors must submit their renewal by Dec. 31, 2023.

Request Extensions/Waivers of Peer Review or CPE Requirements

Any request for a waiver or extension of time to complete either peer review or CPE requirements must be sent to the State Board in writing and document the reason(s) for the request. Extensions or waivers are granted for military reasons, medical, or other good cause. You must include your military orders or documentation from your physician indicating that you were/are under their care, and due to the medical reason were/are unable to obtain the required CPE for the State Board to review your request. 

Additionally, you should provide any documentation if your request is due to circumstances relating to an “other good cause.” This request must be received by the State Board prior to Oct. 31 to allow time for the State Board to review your request. 

Requesting Inactive Status

If you are not renewing your CPA license, you can request that your license be placed on inactive status using the PALS online renewal. There is no fee or CPE required to place a license on inactive status. With an inactive license you can use the “CPA” designation provided you include the word “inactive” and meet other State Board regulations

  • How and when do I report my CPE hours and complete my individual license renewal application?

  • Will I be penalized if I don't meet the 20 credit hour CPE minimum per year?

  • How can I reactivate my CPA license?

  • What do I need to send to the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy if audited?

  • How many credits do I report for self-study courses?

  • When do I file my individual license renewal application if I do not complete the CPE requirements until Dec. 31?

  • If I am the "key person" for my firm's license renewal, when can I complete the firm license renewal application?

  • Where can I find out if a program sponsor is approved under the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy's regulations?

  • Can I request extensions or waivers of my peer review or CPE license renewal requirements?

  • What should I do if I did not receive a license renewal notification from the State Board?

  • Can I request to have my license to practice placed on inactive status through the license renewal process?

  • What does the State Board do with the information submitted on my license renewal application?

  • What if I misplaced the user ID and/or password necessary to renew my license?

  • How long should I keep my CPE records?

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Contact PICPA’s team at (215) 496-9272 or via the online chat, email, or @PaCPAs.

If you are having technical issues with the PALS website, submit a technical support request.

For specific questions about your license, email the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy or call (717) 783-1404.