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For a complete guide to applying for CPA licensure in California, view the California Board of Accountancy Licensing Applicant Handbook.
While the California Board of Accountancy issues only one type of license, it identifies six types of applicants. This information can be found on page 15 of the licensing applicant handbook.
NOTE: All applicants, except Type F, must pass the California Professional Ethics (PETH) examination with a grade of 90%.
If you passed the Uniform CPA Exam in a state other than California, have not been issued a valid license to practice public accounting in any state and are applying for licensure as a CPA in California for the first time.
If you were issued a license to practice public accounting in a state other than California.
If you passed the Canadian Chartered Accountant Uniform Certified Public Accountant Qualification Examination (CAQEX) of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) or the International Uniform Certified Public Accountant Qualification Examination (IQEX) of the AICPA and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).
If you are a California licensee originally issued a license without the authorization to sign attest reports and have now completed the attest experience requirement
Each application packet includes a checklist to assist you with submitting a complete
application. The checklist can be found here. All applications for California CPA licensure can be obtained on the CBA
website at cba.ca.gov, or by contacting the CBA Initial Licensing Unit by at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (916) 561-1701.