Required Documents

Unsure of which documents are required for your application typeplease see the right-hand column.

Transcripts

Candidates must submit ALL individual official transcripts from ALL institutions attended. Transfer credit must be submitted from the issuing institution in order to be considered.

DOMESTIC

Candidates must submit sealed, final, official transcripts ONLY for consideration towards required Semester Course Hours (SCH) via the following:

  1. Mail- Illinois Board of Examiners, 1120 E Diehl Rd, Suite 107, Naperville, IL 60563
  2. Electronically- Some institutions participate in electronic delivery of transcripts. If so, the transcripts must come directly from the institution or their selected third-party clearinghouse to: etranscripts@ilboe.org
FOREIGN

Questions regarding international qualifications should be directed to NASBA

Evaluations from outside agencies will not be accepted.

Candidates must submit final, official transcripts* ONLY for consideration towards required Semester Credit Hours (SCH) to our foreign evaluation credentialing service, NIES (c/o NASBA)**, 150 Fourth Ave. North, Ste. 850, Nashville, TN. 37219, Toll Free: 855-468-5382, Local: 615-277-9077, Email: nies@nasba.org

Click here for information on the documents NASBA requires.

**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.

Approved College Templates
LISTED AS ACCEPTED

As of January 1, 2019, candidates are required to successfully complete two (2) Semester Credit Hours (SCH) of Business Communication (BC) and three (3) SCH of Business Ethics (BE) as part of the requirements in order to be approved to sit for the CPA exam.

BC and BE courses may not have clear acronyms listed on the transcripts (e.g. BCM101, BUS ETHICS 100, etc.). These course hours may be stand-alone using an unrelated keyword in the title (e.g. ACCT504 may be BC or BE). Or, they may be integrated into other courses (e.g. PHIL203 has 1.5 SCH of BE integrated into the course of study). Please click here to view the approved college templates.

New Requirements Letter (NRL)
NEW REQUIREMENTS LETTER (NRL)

For deficient new requirements (effective January 1, 2019) such as:

  • Business Ethics (3 semester credit hours needed)
  • Business Communication (2 semester credit hours needed),

A candidate who has been determined deficient, but believes they have completed the above requirements will need to request that the department chair submit a template showing what classes meet the above requirements. Before asking your school to submit a template, please click here to ensure that it is not already listed.

AICPA Ethics Examination
DESCRIPTION

Until you are certified, an expiration date will appear. This exam can be completed at any time and never expires.

The AICPA Ethics Exam is a self-study course titled Professional Ethics: The AICPA’s Comprehensive Course. This course must be completed with a minimum score of 90% in order to certify individuals who have passed the four sections of the Uniform CPA Exam.

This course concludes with an online test. As part of the test process, please indicate that you want Illinois to receive your test score and the AICPA will electronically send the Illinois Board of Examiners your score. Or, for faster service, please forward the certificate to  help@ilboe.org . If you need to request a duplicate copy of the score certificate or have questions, you must contact the AICPA at 888-777-7077, option #5 or service@aipca.org .

You may direct any questions you have about the grading of the exam to the AICPA Professional Development Quality Assurance Team at 609-671-2922 or aicpacpegrading@aicpa.org. If you have concerns about specific questions on the exam, you must fax those concerns to the AIPCA within four days of your exam test date.

For discounted pricing, please visit the AICPA at www.aicpa.org or the Illinois CPA Society, ICPAS, at www.icpas.org.

Intra/Interstate Exchange of Scores

Before submitting a request to verify your certificate and scores, please verify your certification here.  If a link in the lower-right hand corner containing your certificate number does not appear, please click here.

Once processed, usually 1-3 business days (online requests) or 1-2 weeks (mailed requests), a letter stating the date mailed will be sent via email.

SUBMISSION TO ILLINOIS’ LICENSING AGENCY (IDFPR)

If you need to request that your certification & scores be sent to the IDFPR, please submit the fee-free Verification of Certification application hereHowever, before doing so, please click here.

SUBMISSION TO OUTSIDE STATE

Certified:  If you need to request that your certification & scores be sent to an outside jurisdiction, please submit the Verification of Certification application and $30 fee hereHowever, before doing so, please click here.  If there is a form to be filled-out by hand, please submit it to help@ilboe.org 

Not Certified:  If you need to request that your scores be sent to an outside jurisdiction, your request can only be submitted via mail.  Please click here for the application. If there is a form to be filled-out by hand, please include it with the application and fee. 

SUBMISSION TO ILBOE

Domestic/Foreign evaluation applicants who are partial exam candidates and Total Transfer of Credit candidates must submit the CPA exam scores obtained in other jurisdictions.

This request can be submitted directly to the jurisdiction, NASBA or by sending the form found here, which is not required for submission to our agency.

IQEX Scores

Candidates applying for certification via IQEX are required to submit the exam score with a minimum score of 75 as part of the evaluation process. Click here to visit the NASBA Store in order to request the release of your score.

Automatic Notification

Once the transcript(s), score(s), CIP Form or Course Acceptance Letter is received, and you have an application on file, an automatic notification will be sent to the e-mail address on file.

Required Documentation for Each Application Type:

Domestic Candidates-domestic transcripts & CPA exam scores, if applicable

Foreign Candidates-foreign transcripts & CPA exam scores, if applicable

Combination of Domestic & Foreign– domestic and foreign transcripts & CPA exam scores, if applicable

TTC– domestic and foreign transcripts, if applicable and AICPA Ethics & CPA exam scores

IQEX-IQEX exam score

FAQ

Q: How do I submit transcripts?

A: Transcripts can be sent via the mail to our physical address or electronically. 
Required Documents

Q: I took a course through a community college and it is listed on my current institution’s transcripts. Are both transcripts required?

A: Yes, both are required.  
Required Documents

Q: My transcripts have been delivered.  Is there anything else needed for my evaluation?

A: Maybe. We require an application and fee in addition to the transcript in order to initiate a review. 
Introduction to CPA Processes

Q: Does the transcript that I send to NASBA have to be official? 

A: Yes. If you are having difficulties obtaining official copies, please contact NASBA. 
Required Documents

Q: How do I transfer my scores to an outside agency?

A: Please click here for information on how to request Intra/Interstate Exchange of Scores.