Certified Public Accountant


Pursuant to 2017 Wisconsin Act 278, beginning August 1, 2018, prior to submitting an application for a credential, an individual may apply to the Department for a determination of whether the individual would be disqualified from obtaining the credential due to his or her conviction record. To apply for a predetermination, please fill out Form 3085 and submit all required documentation specified on the form. Pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 111.335(4)(e), the offenses or kinds of offenses that may result in a refusal, bar, or termination of licensure are published under Additional Resources on the left side of this page.

Fee Reduction

Pursuant to 2017 Wisconsin Act 319, beginning August 1, 2018, an applicant for an initial credential may apply for a reduction of the initial credential fee that is equal to 10% of the initial fee. Qualification is based on the federal adjusted gross income being at or be​low 180% of the federal poverty guideline prescribed for the applicant's family household size by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. To determine eligibility please visit the United States Department of Health and Human Services website prior to submitting Form 3217.

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)

130Application for Certified Public Accountant License
​Application for Fee Reduction (If applying for a fee reduction, 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 (Submit ONLY if you have been convicted of any felony, misdemeanor, or other violations of federal, state, or local law, including municipal ordinances, in this state or any other)
2252​Convictions and Pending Charges
3071​Fax Payment Form

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 application Form 130 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 2.301 or 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 Methods

RDAFRenewal Dates and Fees
​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 Extens​ion Form R210 for further information.