By Lori Braden, PICPA Vice President, Marketing and Communications
This blog was originally posted in the last reporting cycle and has been updated for the 2020-2021 cycle.
All current Pennsylvania CPA licenses expire Dec. 31, 2021. According to the PALS website (pals.pa.gov), license renewal applications open 30 to 60 days prior to expiration. To ensure enough time for processing, it’s best to submit your renewal before Dec. 31, 2021.
The Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy will email you a renewal notice soon (if it has not done so already). All renewals will be done through the state’s PALS website. The email from email@example.com will contain your username and the “registration code” for your license. (Be sure to check your junk mail or spam folder if you do not see the email in the near future.) If you don’t get one, there is an option on the login page to recover your user ID.
You will need to log into the PALS website to start your renewal.
Once you log in, there will be a dashboard showing your account information. Look for the “Professional License Details” panel, locate your CPA license, and click the “Renew” button to begin the renewal.
The renewal will ask you to review or complete personal information, and then will ask a series of questions for the renewal. Here are a few tips for completing the application:
After you “sign” the renewal application and click “Continue,” there are several more steps to submit the renewal for processing:
Once you have completed and submitted your renewal application, please note that the renewal is not automatic. Processing time is needed, and if the State Board has questions about your responses it may need additional information before renewing your license.
If there are questions, you should receive follow-up communication from the state. Regardless of whether or not you receive any follow-up, it remains your responsibility to make sure your license has been renewed.
You should receive an automated email once your license is renewed, but you can verify the status of the renewal at www.pals.pa.gov/verify. If the record indicates your license expires Dec. 31, 2023, then your license has been renewed. You will receive the new license in the mail, but there is some lag time to print and mail the licenses.
The information provided here is related to your individual license renewal only. If you work for a licensed CPA firm, be sure that someone in your firm is renewing the firm license.
Visit PICPA’s license renewal page for more details and some FAQs about license renewal, or contact our team at (215) 496-9272, via email, or @PaCPAs. If you are having technical issues with the PALS website, submit a technical support request. For specific questions about your license, contact the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy at (833) 367-2762.
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