Before applying for a CPA license through NASBA’s Licensing Service, please familiarize yourself with this jurisdiction’s licensure requirements below.
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 four 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.
Educational requirements to apply for a CPA license in the District of Columbia vary depending on the date the applicant received their baccalaureate degree:
Requirements for licensure if you earned your degree prior to January 1, 2000:
Requirements for licensure if you earned your degree after January 1, 2000:
3 semester hours in Commercial or Business Law
Successful passing of the Uniform CPA Exam or IQEX Exam.
Below are experience requirements you must obtain to apply for a CPA license in the District of Columbia.
Public Accounting Experience
The NASBA Experience Verification service is available to those who do not have access to an active U.S. CPA for verification.
Click the following links to apply online:
To apply for a license via reciprocity, you will need to apply through the DC Board directly at: https://govservices.dcra.dc.gov/oplanewlicense
The Board may issue a license to practice as a CPA in the District of Columbia to applicants licensed in foreign countries who meet the following criteria:
The applicant has passed the International Uniform CPA Qualification Examination (IQEX).
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