Welcome

The Board of Accountancy is the state agency responsible for licensing and regulating certified public accountants and certified public accounting firms. The Board is funded solely through fees charged to obtain and renew a license to practice public accounting and to sit for the CPA exam.

The Board office is located at 332 West Broadway Suite 310, Louisville KY 40202. Our phone number is (502) 595-3037 and our fax number is (502) 595-4500. You can also reach us at our email address cpa@ky.gov.

2019 LICENSE RENEWAL

CPAs who hold a license assigned an odd number must renew their license prior to August 1.

Renew License

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Please update your contact information when you renew your license.

2019 License Renewal
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FEES - The renewal fee is $100. CPAs are also responsible for paying the portal fee.

 
AUGUST 2 - SEPTEMBER 1 - A license may still be renewed using the online system but the fee increases to $200.

 
SEPTEMBER 2 - A license may not be renewed. Instead, CPAs must file a reinstatement application to reinstate their license. Here is the link to the reinstatement application https://cpa.ky.gov/Links/License%20Reinstatement%20Application.pdf.
 
CPE - Must have been completed from January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2018. During the online renewal process, CPAs will be required to affirm they completed the CPE requirements. If a CPA failed to complete the required CPE by December 31, 2018, the license must be reinstated. Please contact the office for information on this process.  
FIRM LICENSES ARE NOT DUE TO BE RENEWED THIS YEAR.

NASBA CPE Audit Service​

On May 8, 2019, an email went out from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy to Kentucky licensed CPAs which offered the opportunity to enroll in a program operated by that organization to manage CPE credit. The Kentucky Board of Accountancy is a member of this organization as is every state board of accountancy.

The program entitled, “cpe audit service”, is a free service for Kentucky licensed CPAs and CPAs in six other states to maintain their CPE records. Enrollment is strictly voluntary.

NASBA created this program a few years ago but recently came out with a new version. The creation of the program was in response to CPAs who requested assistance in keeping track of their CPE documents in the event they were selected to participate in the CPE audit operated by the Board.

CPAs employed by a firm that maintains their CPE records may continue to have their firm maintain their records and verify completion of the CPE requirements in the event the CPA is selected in the future for the CPE audit.

CPAs with a CPE retirement waiver should not participate in this program.


OUT OF STATE FIRM LICENSE RENEWAL CHANGE

As of July 14, 2018, a firm that does not operate an office in this state, holds a license in good standing from the state where their main office is located, and if applicable complies with the peer review requirements of this state (See KRS 325.301(10) is not required to obtain a license to provide public accounting services to a KY based client. Out of state firms may still submit an application to obtain a Kentucky firm license by completing the form contained on the In-State Firm Licensing Requirements page.

 

CPA EXAM SCORE RELEASE DATE FOR TESTING WINDOW July 1 - September 10, 2019

If you took a section of the exam beginning April 1 - June 10, 2019, your target score release dates are as follows:

July 1 - July 20 Your target release date is August 6

July 21 - August 14 your target release date is August 22

August 15 - August 31 your target release date is September 10

September 1 - September 10 your target release date is September 19

CPE News

Continuing Professional Education ("CPE") hours must be completed in the two calendar years prior to the year during which a license is to be renewed. The two calendar years are referred to as the "reporting period". For those renewing their CPA license in 2019 this means all CPE hours must be completed beginning January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2018.​

Any CPA who fails to complete the CPE by the December 31 deadline will not be eligible to renew his or her license. Instead the CPA will be required to use the reinstatement process.

Click on Reinstatement Requirements for additional information and to obtain an application. If you have any questions please contact the Board.

CPA Exam News

To see a breakdown on the exam fees, click on the following​ link: EXAM FEES for 2019.pdf

To reprint your payment coupon or NTS, click on the following link to your NASBA CPA Candidate account (NASBA SSO): NASBA CPA Candidate Account.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Has your contact information changed?

Notify the Board of changes to your contact information.

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Statutes & Regulations

  • KRS 325 - Kentucky Revised Statutes
  • KAR 201 - Administrative Regulations

Online License Verification

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Additional Resources
 


2018 Newsletter

To obtain a copy of the Board's most recent newsletter click on the following link: KSBOA E-Newsletter 2018.​