What’s Next?

Certification Process, Step-by-Step


You will be certified within*: 

1.   2-3 weeks of the score release in which you passed your final CPA exam section if the Ethics exam score is already received or

2.   3 business days of you receiving notification that your Ethics exam score was received if the last CPA exam score was released in a previous cycle. 

*Please remember that all five scores (four CPA exam sections and the one Ethics exam score) must appear at your Online Account in order for the certificate number to be issued. 

If, after you complete the Ethics Exam, you prompt the AICPA to release your score electronically, we will automatically receive it every Friday/Monday. Or you can send the certificate to for faster service.

Once we receive your Ethics score, we pull your file and send you a certification letter via e-mail that states your certification number and date of certification.

In addition, a report of recently certified candidates is automatically sent to the IDFPR on the 1st and 15th of every month.

Therefore, once you receive the certification letter from us via e-mail, determine whether your certificate information was sent to the IDFPR on the 1st or 15th. Please allow the IDFPR 2 weeks from that date to update their records. After that 2nd week, feel free to apply for licensure.

In the meantime, six (6) weeks from the date we e-mail the certification letter to you, expect to receive your hard copy certificate at the address we have listed on file.

IDFPR Deficiency Letter Received

If the appropriate amount of processing time has occurred and the IDFPR has sent a deficiency letter stating that your certification information has yet to received, please send a copy of the letter to the help desk at

Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR)

The IDFPR handles the licensure of CPAs in the state of Illinois. Please contact that agency with any questions or concerns related to the license and the licensure requirements and process. For more information please click here.


As of October 1, 2006, in order to hold oneself out as a CPA, a license is required. Once certified, a candidate is allowed to state that s/he has “…Successfully completed the CPA exam…”. Licensure is handled by the licensing agency, the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR). For more details, please click here.

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 »

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