CPA certificate renewal

Your professional responsibility

Updated Jan. 3, 2014

The Minnesota Board of Accountancy (BOA) has implemented changes that impact CPA certificate renewal and CPE reporting. Read on for important details about:

Your CPA certificate is issued and renewed through the BOA. Active and inactive CPAs must renew their certificate and report their CPE based on the BOA’s schedule.

2014 changes to BOA deadlines

In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature passed a Bill that modified CPA licensure and renewal requirements. The Bill went into effect Jan. 1, 2014. How does this impact you?

Certificate renewal:
The BOA’s three-year CPA certificate renewal cycle will be phased out beginning Jan. 1, 2014. All CPA certificates issued or renewed after Dec. 31, 2013 will expire annually on Dec. 31. Read below for details on when you will need to renew based on the phasing out of this cycle.

CPE reporting:
Your reporting deadline is no longer determined by your last name. Instead, all active CPAs must report their CPE annually to the BOA by July 31.

CPA certificate renewal

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2014

Plan to renew your CPA certificate for 2015 if you meet the following criteria:

  1. Your last name begins with letters I through P.
  2. You received your initial Minnesota CPA certificate in 2014.

First year certification requirements
  View BOA’s certificate renewal schedule 

All CPA certificates issued after Jan. 1, 2014 will expire on Dec. 31, 2014.

How to renew

Renew your CPA certificate one of two ways: online or by mail. Online renewal is recommended as it’s faster and reduces the risk for error.
  BOA’s online CPA certificate renewal form
  Search BOA database for your CPA certificate number 

Renewal fees

CPA certificate renewal fees are determined by the type of certificate you hold. A technology surcharge will be applied upon renewal through the BOA.

  • Active CPA certificate: $100 annually
  • Inactive CPA certificate: $25 annually
  • Initial CPA certificate (new licensee): $150

Firm permit renewal

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2014
  Firm permit renewal details 

CPE reporting

Deadline: July 31, 2014

Active CPAs must report their CPE annually to the BOA for the three-year reporting period ending June 30.

Learn more about CPE reporting
Access your BOA CPE Summary, part of the CPE Log 

Renewal: PTIN vs. CPA certification

Renewing your CPA certificate through the BOA is different than renewing your PTIN through the IRS. PTINs are issued through the IRS as a part of the registered tax return preparer regulation.

Learn more

Additional resources

The BOA regulates CPAs in the state of Minnesota. Contact the BOA at 651-296-7938 with specific questions or visit the BOA website.

Make the MNCPA your resource. Contact the MNCPA membership department at 952-831-2707, ext. 2, or with questions.

BOA contact information

Minnesota Board of Accountancy
85 E. 7th Place, Suite 125
St. Paul, MN 55101-2143
Phone: 651-296-7938
Fax: 651-282-2644