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Introduction to CPA Application Processes

The State of Illinois does not have a residency or Social Security Number (SSN) requirement.

However, please see the following link if you do have a SSN and choose not to submit it. 

PRE-EVALUATION APPLICATION PROCESS-$50

US or Domestic Credit (including Study Abroad) + ILBOE Hard Copy Application + $50 + Unofficial or Official Transcripts = COMPLETED APPLICATION 

Foreign Advisory Evaluation requests need to be submitted to NASBA.

For additional details please review the Application Types.  

Domestic Evaluation Application Process-$200

If you are a partial candidate, please make sure to submit your official scores.

If your education is from U.S. or domestic institutions (including study abroad), you will submit your domestic application and documents and $200 fee to the ILBOE.  (Please allow 6-8 weeks response time for the results letter to be e-mailed to you).

Once the application and fee are processed, a separate e-mail will be sent as verification.  If you do not receive the payment confirmation, the fees are still due and the application and documents will not be reviewed.

Once you have submitted the application and fee successfully, you may proceed to Link 3 - Initial Examination Application for use the first time ever applying for an exam section(s).**

Make sure to review the Payment Coupon and NTS sections before submitting the application and fee because a refund will not be granted.

**Please note that this application and fee(s) can be submitted before or after we approve you to sit for the exam.  If the application is submitted after approval, there is a minimal delay in approval compared to being submitted prior to approval.

Foreign Evaluation Application Process

If you are a partial candidate, please make sure to submit your official scores.

If your education is from non-U.S. or non-domestic (foreign) institutions (excluding study abroad), you will submit your foreign application and documents* and the appropriate fee to NASBA’s International Evaluation Services (NIES). NASBA will send a detailed report to our agency and an e-mail to you once your evaluation is complete. (Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery to our agency. Once received, please allow an additional 3-4 weeks for review which comprises the 6-8 weeks response time for the results letter to be e-mailed to you).

*Please note: NASBA requires a fee for any return shipping costs, if applicable. You can request that your original documents be returned when submitting your documents to NASBA. You must pay for return shipping via courier service with a signature required. This ensures the return of your documents because you must sign for them upon return.

Once you have received the report, log into the ILBOE online system and submit the following application:  Link 2 - Foreign Credentials Evaluation for ONLY Non-U.S. or non-domestic (foreign)   institutions. There is no additional fee associated with this application.*

*DO NOT SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION UNTIL YOU RECEIVE THE APPROVAL E-MAIL FROM NASBA. 

When the application is received, a separate e-mail will be sent as verification.  

Once you have submitted the free, ILBOE application successfully, you may proceed to Link 3 - Initial Examination Application for use the first time ever applying for an exam section(s).**

Make sure to review the Payment Coupon and NTS sections before submitting the application and fee because a refund will not be granted.

**Please note that this application and fee(s) can be submitted before or after we approve you to sit for the exam.  If the application is submitted after approval, there is a minimal delay in approval compared to being submitted prior to approval.

Combination of Domestic and Foreign Evaluation Application Process-$200

It is very important to note that if you have foreign credits that total ONE (1) full-load semester, which is equal to 12 domestic semester credit hours or less, YOU DO NOT have to submit the International Credential Evaluation for CPA Examination and/or Licensure – $225.  Please submit the Additional Education Evaluation for CPA Examination and/or Licensure – $120 application instead.

If you are a partial candidate, please make sure to submit your official scores.

If your education is a combination from non-U.S. or non-domestic (foreign) (excluding study abroad) with US or Domestic institutions, you will submit two applications and sets of fees and documents.

First, you will first submit the foreign application and documents* with the appropriate fee to NASBA’s International Evaluation Services (NIES). NASBA will send a detailed report to our agency vial mail and an e-mail to you once your evaluation is complete. (Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery to our agency. Once received, please allow an additional 3-4 weeks for review which comprises the 6-8 weeks response time for the combined results letter to be e-mailed to you).

*Please note: NASBA requires a fee for any return shipping costs, if applicable. You can request that your original documents be returned when submitting your documents to NASBA. You must pay for return shipping via courier service with a signature required. This ensures the return of your documents because you must sign for them upon return.

Second, you will submit the domestic evaluation application,* $200 fee and domestic documents to the ILBOE.  *On the application, please indicate that you are only submitting domestic credits. However, please list all schools attended (both foreign and domestic) in the application.

Once the application and fee are processed, a separate e-mail will be sent as verification.  If you do not receive the payment confirmation, the fees are still due and the application and documents will not be reviewed.

Once you have submitted both applications and fees successfully, you may proceed to Link 3 - Initial Examination Application for use the first time ever applying for an exam section(s).**

Make sure to review the Payment Coupon and NTS sections before submitting the application and fee because a refund will not be granted.

**Please note that this application and fee(s) can be submitted before or after we approve you to sit for the exam.  If the application is submitted after approval, there is a minimal delay in approval compared to being submitted prior to approval.

Also note if you feel that you have met all of our requirements with domestic credits alone, you are not required to submit the foreign application, fees and documents to NASBA.  

However, if it is determined that you did not meet the requirements with domestic credits alone, you will need to submit the foreign application, fees and documents to NASBA.  This will delay the results of the evaluation because the applications were submitted out of order.

Total Transfer of Credit (TTC) Application Process-$345

*Please note that all fees are non-refundable. Please contact our office at 815-753-8900 or help@ilboe.org as well as the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) ( www.idfpr.com or 800-560-6420) with questions before clicking on a link and/or paying any fees.

TTC candidates have taken and passed all four (4) parts of the Uniform CPA examination in another state but do not hold a certificate/license from that state and wish to become certified first, then possibly licensed in Illinois by the IDFPR (see www.idfpr.com or 800-560-6420).

Candidates who have ever held a license will bypass our agency and contact the the IDFPR (see www.idfpr.com or 800-560-6420).

DOMESTIC Total Transfer of Credit

If your education is from U.S. or domestic institutions (including study abroad), you will submit your CPA Certification by Transfer of Credit application and documents and $345 fee to the ILBOE. (Please allow 6-8 weeks response time for the results letter to be e-mailed to you).

Once the application and fee are processed, a separate e-mail will be sent as verification.  If you do not receive the payment confirmation, the fees are still due and the application and documents will not be reviewed.

FOREIGN Total Transfer of Credit 

If your education is from non-U.S. or non-domestic (foreign) institutions (excluding study abroad), you will submit your foreign application and documents* and the appropriate fee to NASBA’s International Evaluation Services (NIES). NASBA will send a detailed report to our agency and an e-mail to you once your evaluation is complete. (Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery to our agency. Once received, please allow an additional 3-4 weeks for review which comprises the 6-8 weeks response time for the results letter to be e-mailed to you).

*Please note: NASBA requires a fee for any return shipping costs, if applicable. You can request that your original documents be returned when submitting your documents to NASBA. You must pay for return shipping via courier service with a signature required. This ensures the return of your documents because you must sign for them upon return.

Once you have received the report, you will submit your CPA Certification by Transfer of Credit application, documents and $345 fee to the ILBOE. (Please allow 6-8 weeks response time for the results letter to be e-mailed to you).*

Once the application and fee are processed, a separate e-mail will be sent as verification.  If you do not receive the payment confirmation, the fees are still due and the application and documents will not be reviewed.

*DO NOT SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION UNTIL YOU RECEIVE THE APPROVAL E-MAIL FROM NASBA. 

Combination of DOMESTIC & FOREIGN Total Transfer of Credit 

If your education is a combination from non-U.S. or non-domestic (foreign) (excluding study abroad) with US or Domestic institutions, you will submit two applications and sets of fees and documents.

First, you will first submit the foreign application and documents* with the appropriate fee to NASBA’s International Evaluation Services (NIES). NASBA will send a detailed report to our agency vial mail and an e-mail to you once your evaluation is complete. (Please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery to our agency. Once received, please allow an additional 3-4 weeks for review which comprises the 6-8 weeks response time for the combined results letter to be e-mailed to you).

*Please note: NASBA requires a fee for any return shipping costs, if applicable. You can request that your original documents be returned when submitting your documents to NASBA. You must pay for return shipping via courier service with a signature required. This ensures the return of your documents because you must sign for them upon return.

Second, submit your CPA Certification by Transfer of Credit application and documents and $345 fee to the ILBOE.*  On the application, please indicate that you are only submitting domestic credits. However, please list all schools attended (both foreign and domestic) in the application.

Once the application and fee are processed, a separate e-mail will be sent as verification.  If you do not receive the payment confirmation, the fees are still due and the application and documents will not be reviewed.*

*YOU SHOULD SUBMIT THIS APPLICATION SOON AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION TO NASBA IN ORDER TO PREVENT ANY DELAY. 



IQEX Application Process-$345

  1.  IQEX Score (NASBA) + ILBOE Online System Application + $345 = COMPLETED APPLICATION

Illinois Board of Examiners

The ILBOE has had the responsibility of certifying completion of all educational and examination requirements for CPA candidates since 1903. Learn More »

1120 E. Diehl Rd Suite 107, Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 815-753-8900 Fax: 815-753-8953 Email: help@ilboe.org
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM CST