Before applying for a CPA license through NASBA’s Licensing Service, please familiarize yourself with this jurisdiction’s licensure requirements below.
NASBA Licensing offers pre-evaluations as an optional service. A pre-evaluation will identify any academic deficiencies in your education before you submit a first-time application for the licensing. To begin a pre-evaluation application, click here.
To apply for a CPA license, you will be asked to create a user account upon your first usage of our licensing online application tool. Registering for a user account will allow you to obtain the required documents to submit with your licensure application, apply for the license, maintain your current information and check the status of your license application.
Please allow up to two weeks from your file completion date (when application, fees and all additional required materials have been received) for your application to be processed. Acknowledgment of receipt of application will be sent to you via email, unless otherwise indicated. This notice is sent only as acknowledgment of receipt of application.
UPDATE: Important Firm Licensing Information – Renewal Deadline Extension
Due to the time which was necessary to transfer the board’s operations from the Secretary of State to the State Accounting Office, the Georgia State Board of Accountancy (GSBA) has now extended the CPA firm license renewal deadline from June 30, 2014 to September 30, 2014, for this current renewal period only. Firm licenses renewed during this current renewal period will expire on June 30, 2016. The Non-Refundable Renewal Fee will remain $75 and there will be no late penalty assessments during this three-month extension of the firm license renewal deadline. A Public Accounting Firm which continues to practice with an expired license after September 30, 2014 may be subject to a fine and a public disciplinary action.
A Non-Refundable Late Renewal Fee of $325 will be assessed for applications postmarked during the Late Renewal Period from October 1 – 31, 2014. After October 31, 2014, Public Accounting Firms must reinstate their licenses by completing the Application for Reinstatement of Public Accountancy Firm License. Please note that such reinstatement is at the discretion of the board.
Educational requirements to apply for a CPA license in Georgia vary depending on the date the applicant initially sat for the CPA Exam.
Requirements for licensure if your initial sitting for the CPA Exam was prior to January 1, 1998:
Requirements for licensure if your initial sitting for the CPA Exam was after January 1, 1998:
One general requirement to apply for a CPA license in Georgia is that you must have passed the Uniform CPA Exam.
Below are experience requirements you must obtain to apply for a CPA license in Georgia.
NOTE: The Georgia Board may accept, in lieu of such year of experience in public accounting, evidence satisfactory to the Board of one (1) year of continuous employment in the accounting field in industry, business, academia or government.
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Education requirements must be met through academic coursework completed at an accredited institution. Professional training is not acceptable toward these requirements. Coursework completed as part of a Chartered Accountant program is considered professional training and is, therefore, not accepted toward the education requirements for the U.S. Uniform CPA License.
Applicants who obtained their education outside the United States must have their educational credentials evaluated by NASBA International Evaluation Services.
To apply for a firm license in Georgia, a firm must meet the following requirements:
Non-CPA owners of a firm must:
Peer Review Requirement
Firms that offer engagement services (audits, reviews or compilations) must enroll in a Georgia State Board-approved peer review program.
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