Certified Public Accountant

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Please review the helpful links below:

  • Find step-by-step instruction for license renewal here.
  • Find a list of license renewals available via LicensE in the chart on the LicensE Customer Information page.
  • Find all licenses available via LicensE, plus user guides and other resources, on the LicensE Customer Information page.
  • Anyone applying for an initial license for any of the credentials listed can apply at license.wi.gov.

Our LicensE Application Status Lookup tool makes it easier for employees, and helps academic advisors support students during the license application process. To access the Application Status Lookup tool, you will need the applicant's 10-digit PAR number. An applicant may provide the number to anyone who could support their application. Find more information in our news release about this tool. ​​

License Information​

Per Wis. Stat. § 440.08(2), the required renewal date for the Certified Public Accountant credential is December 14th of each odd-numbered year.  Should you receive your initial credential in the months leading up to this date, you are still required to renew your license by the statutorily ​defined date.

Application for Licensure (Including Late Renewal After Five or More Years)

130Certified Public Accountant License Application Information
​Application for Fee Reduction (Optional - If applying for a reduction in your credential fee, this form must accompany the application for the credential.)
128Experience Record
127Verification of Employment and Experience
3178​Required Course Work in Accounting and Business Subjects
131​Verification of Examination or Registration (Transfer of Scores/Endorsement Applicants Only)
2699​Request to Retake the Statutes and Rules or Ethics Examination (if applicable)
3085​Application for Predetermination (Optional-Submit ONLY if you have been convicted of any felony, misdemeanor, or other violations of federal or state law in this state or any other and you desire a review of your conviction record before applying for a credential.)​
2252​Convictions and Pending Charges (if applicable)​

Application for Late Renewal After Five or More Years

In order to renew a credential that has been expired five (5) or more years, you must submit an ​online application and the "Late Renewal After Five or More Years" fee.  Under Wis. Admin. Code § Accy 2.501(2), verification of successful completion of examinations specified in Wis. Admin. Code § Accy 2.301or education specified in Wis. Admin. Code § Accy 2.202 is also required.  A Late Renewal After Five or More Years applicant must either submit the $75.00 to take the WI Ethics exam (applicants who did not take the national exams in WI will also need to have official verification of scores sent) or submit your official transcripts for review.

Renewal Information


  • FEE (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
  • SIG (Signature regarding the completion of Continuing Education) Note: If you do not meet the CE requirements please email dsps@wisconsin.gov​ placing "CPA Renewal" in the subject line.
  • If your legal status as a qualified alien or nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States has changed since the issuance of your credential or your last renewal, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services at (608) 266-2112 or dsps@wisconsin.gov.

Renewal Method​

RDAFRenewal Dates and Fees
​Convictions and Pending Charges (if applicable for renewal)
​R210​Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension

​Wisconsin Act 210 (effective June 1, 2012)

This Act extends the license of a service member if the license expires while they are on active duty from 90 days to 180 days from the date of discharge. The same applies to a spouse of a service member if the spouse does not practice under their license while the service member is on active duty and does not practice because the service member is on active duty.

This Act repeals a provision of prior law that required a service member to meet all of the requirements for license extension or renewal, except for continuing education requirements, in order to have the license extended.

Service members and spouses may request extensions of licenses be​yond 180 days from discharge and may request a waiver or extension of time to complete continuing education requirements due to hardship. Please view Active Duty/Discharge Renew​al Extension Form R210 for further information.