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Minnesota Board of Accountancy

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Current Licensees


Keeping Your Individual License in Good Standing

Best practices for keeping your license in good standing include:

See below for the most common information CPA licensees need to know.


RAPs: See the section at the bottom of the page for information specific to registered accounting professionals.

RAP CPE / Renewal Information

Keep Your Address Current

It's Not Just Smart, It's Your Responsibility

Making sure the Board has your current address is not only the best way to make sure you receive information regarding licensing requirements and statutes and rules changes, it's actually an obligation of your licensure. See MN Rules 1105.1100.

Change of Address Info

CPE Reporting

The CPE earning period (or "fiscal year") is  July 1 and June 30 (see CPE page for an exception regarding FY20). All Active status CPAs must report their CPE, or claim exemption yearly, by December 31. See the CPE Requirements page for full details.

CPE Requirements

If you have earned your CPE during the proper period, CPE can be reported with your renewal (again, by December 31).

If you earned CPE late and need to report carryback hours, you'll want to submit to the Board the necessary certificates and "late earning" noncompliance fees as soon as possible, as fees accrue monthly (beginning in July) until received.

If you report CPE after December 31, you will owe CPE "late reporting" noncompliance fees. These fees also accrue monthly (beginning in January).

Check the chart on the Board's homepage for late reporting and late earning noncompliance fees.

CPE Reporting/Carryback CPE Fees Chart

Renewal

All Active and Inactive CPAs (and firms) must renew yearly by December 31 every year. The renewal window for 2020 opens early in October.

NOTE: There is no grace period for unlicensed practice/holding out. All licenses and permits expire on December 31 of the given year.

FOR THESE STATUSES:

  • Active remaining Active
  • Active changing to Inactive
  • Inactive remaining Inactive

Renew using online services during the renewal window. Active licensees: Your CPE must be in order before you can renew or change status.

Online Services/Renewal

ALL OTHER STATUSES (and firms) must renew or request status change using paper forms.

PDF Forms

What Can You Do Through "Online Services"?

  • Update your address (for name or employer changes, see the instructions here).
  • Check your previous years' reported CPE (useful when determining how to meet the rolling 3-year requirements).
  • Enter your CPE for the current year (one-time entry; wait until all CPE is earned and you are ready to report)
  • Renew an individual Active or Inactive license and renew your sole proprietor license (if applicable) during the renewal window in the fall.
Online Services

Reinstatement

The Board may reinstate a suspended, revoked, or surrendered certificate. Depending upon the circumstances, the Board may require that the person submit evidence of obtaining a certain number of continuing professional education credits or place other conditions on reinstatement that it finds appropriate and necessary to ensure the protection of the public and that Board statutes and rules are upheld. See MN Statute 326A.09 for more information.

To request reinstatement, use the form below:

 Reinstatement Application

To Request a Status Change

From Active to Inactive

  • This request must be made at the time you renew in the fall.
  • You must be current with your Active status CPE reporting requirements.
  • Use Online Services to record your CPE and make your renewal/status change request.
  • If you cannot use the online system or have supporting documentation you need to send to the Board office, complete the paper renewal form.

From Inactive to Active

  • Complete 120 hours of qualifying CPE within the three years prior to submitting your request to activate your certificate
  • If you need your status change to take place immediately:
  • If you want your status changed on January 1 of the coming year:
    • Make this request when you renew in the fall, using the paper renewal form. Follow the instructions for "Inactive Changing to Active."

From Exempt to Active

  • Complete 50 hours of qualifying CPE per year you were Exempt, up to a maximum of 120 hours. These hours must have been completed within 12 months prior to the date your application is received in the Board office
  • If you were not in compliance with CPE requirements at the time you elected Exempt status, you must report the required hours for that period in addition to the hours noted above.
  • Submit to the Board a completed Status Change to Active Request Form

From Active or Inactive to Exempt

  • If Active, you may choose to report any CPE earned in the current reporting period through Online Services prior to requesting your status change.
  • Submit to the Board a completed Exempt Election Form.

From Active, Inactive, or Exempt to Retired

  • If Active, you may choose to report any CPE earned in the current reporting period through Online Services prior to requesting your status change.
  • You must meet the following requirements:
    • 55 years of age or older;
    • an Active or Inactive licensee in good standing or hold Exempt status; and
    • retired in all jurisdictions from the practice of public accounting.
  • Submit to the Board a completed Retired Request Form.

To Surrender Your Certificate or the Certificate of a Deceased CPA

  • Please make your request in writing to the Board. Include name, address, and certificate number. If you are notifying the Board on behalf of a deceased CPA's estate, we respectfully request that you include the obituary or notice.

To Request Your Exam Scores or License Information Be Sent to Another State

Please see Exam Information Transfer for instructions.


Information Specific to RAPs

Renewal/CPE Reporting

The registration of a registered accounting practitioner must be renewed annually and follows the same renewal window and deadlines as for CPAs. RAPs must use PDF forms to renew; renewal is not available through Online Services.

Renewal Forms

RAPs must complete no less than 90 hours of CPE during the three-year period preceding renewal (the "rolling 3-year reporting period") with a minimum of 20 hours in each year. The CPE must complying with the standards in MN Rules 1105.3100, with the exception of the hour limitation in subpart 4. At least four hours of the 90 hours must be in regulatory ethics or behavioral ethics.

If you are late renewing or late reporting CPE, the same late and noncompliance fees as CPAs apply. Consult the table on the Board homepage for late and noncompliance fees.


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