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Renew individual CPA license

It is the responsibility of the licensee to renew their license, if they so choose, regardless if the licensee receives a reminder notice for renewal from the VBOA.

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The VBOA has begun moving to a single renewal date of June 30 each year for all CPA licensees. All licensed Virginia CPAs must renew their individual license annually. An individual CPA license expires on June 30 and an individual license may be renewed within 90 days of expiration.

The non-refundable renewal fee is $60.

For individuals with CPA licenses expiring July 2018 through March 2019, the renewal fee is prorated. The adjusted renewal fee listed below is based on the licensees’ current expiration date.

Current expiration date Renewal fee Expiration date
following renewal
July 31, 2018 $55 June 30, 2019
August 31, 2018 $50 June 30, 2019
September 30, 2018 $45 June 30, 2019
October 31, 2018 $40 June 30, 2019
November 30, 2018 $35 June 30, 2019
December 31, 2018 $30 June 30, 2019
January 31, 2019 $25 June 30, 2019
February 28, 2019 $20 June 30, 2019
March 31, 2019 $15 June 30, 2019

Upon renewal and moving forward, the expiration date will now be June 30 for subsequent years.

There is no additional 12-month period to renew your license. Unrenewed licensees will automatically go into Expired status the day after the renewal is due.

Once the license goes into Expired status, it will be the responsibility of the licensee to reinstate the license. There is a non-refundable $350 reinstatement fee.

The VBOA transmits renewal notices approximately 30-60 days prior to expiration of the license and approximately 15 days prior to the expiration. In accordance with Board regulation 18VAC5-22-170C, the VBOA transmits license renewal notices electronically unless a licensee is unable to communicate electronically (in which case a notice will be sent via USPS). However, § 54.1-4413.2 Code of Virginia, places the responsibility for renewing a Virginia license on its holder, and that responsibility is not affected by whether the holder receives a license renewal notice.

Renewal requires affirmation of meeting CPE requirements. Do not submit CPE documentation with renewal unless specifically instructed by the VBOA as part of a CPE audit/review process. CPE documentation must be retained for a minimum of four calendar-years preceding the current calendar-year.

The VBOA generally updates its records within 24 hours after online processing. Check the VBOA Licensee Search to verify that a license has been renewed.

If renewal is not possible online, contact the VBOA. Download the Individual CPA License Renewal Form to renew a license manually and mail it to the VBOA for processing. The VBOA applies a non-refundable $25 fee for manual renewals.

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Due to retirement or voluntary surrender
The VBOA does not authorize a retired/inactive status for CPAs. Upon retirement, a licensee must choose to continue to renew a license or voluntarily surrender the CPA license.

A licensee must maintain an individual CPA license in order to continue using the CPA title in Virginia and maintain CPE.

Licensees not currently providing services to the public or to or on behalf of an employer must apply and be approved for the Active – CPE Exempt status before discontinuing CPE requirements.

In order to qualify for the Active – CPE Exempt status your current job duties may not require a substantial use of accounting, financial, tax or other skills that are relevant, as determined by the VBOA.

Contact the VBOA if choosing not to renew an individual CPA license due to retirement or voluntary surrender. The licensee’s record will be updated to Voluntarily Surrender; otherwise, the record will reflect Expired status.

During the time in which the license is in Expired status, the individual may not use the CPA title or provide attest or compilation services until reinstatement of their individual CPA license (shown as Active) is posted on the Licensee Search and therefore, made available for public confirmation.