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.
2020 Individual and Firm License Renewals - Online Renewal Opens July 1
Renewal reminder letters will be mailed in June. Please be sure your mailing address is correct in the online license verification search. If it is not correct, please click the Update Your Information link in the blue box at the top of this page to update your information. Do not send an update if your information is correct in the online search.

Even numbered individual licenses and all firm licenses will renew online from July 1, 2020 - August 1, 2020. You will be required to pay the $100 licensing fee plus a processing fee via credit card. Please print your receipt at the end of the renewal session.

Any individual or firm that fails to renew by August 1 can pay $200, plus processing fees, to renew online from
August 2 – September 1.
Under state law, any license not renewed by September 1 automatically expires and the holder of the expired license shall be prohibited from practicing public accounting or holding out as a certified public accountant or firm. To retain a license an individual must use the reinstatement process. Firms that fail to renew must contact the state board office.

Continuing Professional Education ("CPE") hours must be completed in the two calendar years prior to the year a license is to be renewed. The two calendar years are referred to as the "reporting period". For those renewing their CPA license in 2020 this means all CPE hours must be completed beginning January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2019. Any CPA who fails to complete the CPE by the December 31 deadline will not be eligible to renew his or her license online. Instead the CPA will be required to use the reinstatement process. Reinstatement applications must be received by September 1 to avoid license expiration.
Out of State 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 [KRS 325.301(10)] of this state is not required to obtain a license to provide public accounting services to a KY based client.
See KRS 325.301(11) for details.

Out of state firms that wish to keep their Kentucky firm license can renew online as outlined above.  
Score Release Update
As of April 1, 2020  Kentucky exam candidate scores will be posted online at the NASBA portal. Candidates should be able to log into the NASBA portal to receive their grade as well as print their score report.

Exams - UPDATED 5/21/2020

For each jurisdiction where additional NTS extensions have been granted, nothing is required of you to obtain the extension. The NASBA CPA Candidate Account will be automatically updated with the extended NTS date. There is no need for you to contact your Board of Accountancy or NASBA. Please allow up to two weeks for processing extensions and for your records to be updated.
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Current test center closures are due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will not affect the plan for Continuous Testing beginning July 1.  All appointments after April 30th will remain scheduled and it will be your responsibility to either attend your exam or reschedule if you decide to not attend out of personal concerns. 


CPA Exam Score Release Date for Testing Window 
                               April - June 30 

If you took a section of the exam beginning April - June 2020, your target score release dates are as follows:

April 1 - April 20 Your target release date is May 5 

April 21 - May 15 your target release date is May 29 

May 16 - May 31 your target release date is June 9

June 1 - June 10 your target release date is June 19  ***Delayed until Tuesday, June 23, 2020***

June 11 - June 30 your target release date is July 9


Revisions to the CPE and Exam Regulations 

Please note the revisions to the regulations that govern CPE (201 KAR 1:100) and the CPA Exam (201 KAR 1:190)..​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


CPA Exam News

To see a breakdown on the exam fees, click on the following​ link: CPA EXAM FEES EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 19
To reprint your payment coupon or NTS, click on the following link to your NASBA CPA Candidate account (NASBA SSO): NASBA CPA Candidate Account.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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Statutes & Regulations

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

Online License Verification

Individual Licensee Search

Firm Search

Additional Resources

January - March 2020 Pass List

2019 Newsletter

To obtain a copy of the Board's most recent newsletter click on the following link: KSBOA E-Newsletter 2019.​