- Visit the Board's Licensee Search to determine when your certificate, license, or registration expires
- After April 30, renewal applications must include a $100 late fee
- Renewal requires that you meet your CPE requirements
- Carry back of CPE completed after December 31 is not automatic; you must submit and the Board must approve your request for an extension, prior to December 31.
- Do not submit any CPE documentation with your renewal
CPAs, CPA-Inactive certificateholders, and resident nonlicensee firm owners must renew by April 30 every three-years.
- Complete the required Continuing Professional Education (CPE) by December 31 the year prior to the expiration of your license, certificate, or registration
- Renew, pay renewal fee, and complete CPE certification online by April 30.
CPA-Inactive certificates, individual CPA licenses, or resident nonlicense firm owner registrations not renewed or retired by June 30 will lapse and are subject to reinstatement.
***The CPAOnline application may be unavailable between 11:00pm and 12 midnight due to maintenance.
Individual Online services allow for (click for instructions):
- Application for a new CPA License
- Renewing your license, certificate, or your non-licensee firm owner registration
- Printing a copy of your license or validation card
- Reinstating or reactivating your status
- Viewing your pending online requests
- Updating your personal information
- Changing your name and requesting a new wall document
- Paying with online check or bank card, or having your fees paid for by your employer
Information individuals will need to start:
- Unique Web ID issued to you by the Washington State Board of Accountancy
- License, certificate or registration number (Licensee Search)
- Washington State Board approved ethics course completion information (provider name, course title and completion date)
- E-mail address
- The service code = WBOA
- Banking information (online check or bank card) or your employer’s Unique Identifier
- For detailed instructions, please click here step-by-step instructions
- Click here (PDF 1,575 kb) to view detailed instructions with images
To retire, notify the Board:
- By using the Board's Online Services, you may select to have your license retire immediately or at the end of your renewal cycle.
- Need a paper form to retire? You can use the Retire Immediately form. Submission of this form will retire your license the day the application is received.
If you retire, you are:
- Prohibited from using the title CPA or CPA-Inactive or exercising the privileges related to those titles
- You may use the designation CPA Retired if you qualify under the definitions in WAC 4-30-058
- Not entitled to a refund of any portion of the renewal fee you paid
- Allowed to reactivate out of retirement at a later date; please use our Online Services
If you do not renew or retire by June 30, your certificate, license, or registration will:
- Lapse and be posted to the Board's web site
- Require reinstatement
You may not use the title CPA or CPA-Inactive or exercise the privileges related to those titles.
Reactivate Your Retired Status
To reactivate your retired CPA-Inactive certificate or license you must:
- Complete the required Continuing Professional Education (CPE)
- Submit a complete application through our Online Services
Upon approval of this application, your status will be posted to the Licensee Search.
- Once your CPA-Inactive Certificate is reactivated out of the retired status:
- You are required by Washington state law and Board rule (WAC 4-30-082) to use the title "CPA-Inactive."
- You must print or display the word "Inactive" immediately following the CPA title whenever the CPA title is printed on a business card, letterhead, or other document including documents published or transmitted through electronic media, in exactly the same font and font size as the CPA title.
- You may not use the title "CPA-Inactive" if you are offering accounting, tax preparation or advisory, management advisory, consulting, or similar services to the public.
- Once your CPA license is reactivated out of retired status:
- You may use the CPA title for professional and occupational purposes or for practicing public accounting in Washington State.
- If you perform attest services (compilations, reviews, audit, or other attestation services) or use "CPA" in your firm name, you must comply with the firm license requirements of WAC 4-30-110.
After you reactivate your retired status, your next CPE reporting period begins on January 1 of the calendar year in which the application is approved by the Board and ends on December 31 of the 2nd calendar year.
- CPE credit hours utilized to qualify for this renewal may not be utilized for your next CPE reporting period. Please refer to Board rule WAC 4-30-122(3).
Unable to use online services?
You may request a paper copy of our forms by contacting us directly.