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What if I graduate from RIT, but want to move to another state-will the CPA license carry over?

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Kristina’s Answer

This is a good question as the CPA licensing process can be confusing, especially when moving states. First off, you may obtain your license in a different state than where you went to college. The general steps to obtain a license initially are below. You will want to follow these steps for whatever state you are living/working in, regardless of where you went to school.

1) Obtain the necessary college credits and apply to sit the exams.
2) Pass the four exams (AUD, BEC, FAR, REG). Depending on your state, you may also need to take and pass an ethics exam through the AICPA.
3) Obtain the necessary work experience per your state's requirement.
4) Apply using your state's application.

In the event that you move states after obtaining a CPA license in one state, you may need to apply for a reciprocal license in that new state. This process is much less in-depth, as the exam scores carry over, and you should not need to retake the tests. Since the ethic exam requirements vary by state, you may need to take an ethics exam if you haven't already. This happened to me, as I moved from a state that did not require an ethics exam to a state that did require it. Other than that, you should be able to simply fill out the application in your new state and become licensed. The application process should walk you through sending your transcripts, proof of exam scores, etc. If you maintain your CPE requirements and continue to renew your licenses, you will likely be able to stay licensed in both states.
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Brandon’s Answer

Great question, each state has their own CPA licensing requirements. Most individuals sit for the CPA exam and obtain the license in the state they most likely will be working. Depending on the company you work for, you may apply for a secondary license in the next state and keep your original state license if you met all the second states requirements to obtain a license. Again each state has requiremenrs to keep your license active. If you interested in a specific state, you could reach out to the licensing board to ask which states license they accept.

Brandon recommends the following next steps:

Contact the state licensing board you wish to obtain a license.
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Evangeline’s Answer

Hello,


Generally, it is allowed as long as you're not offering services to the public. But if your transfer to another state is permanent, then a transfer exam is needed.


For more info, check the following link:
http://ipassthecpaexam.com/cpa-license-transfer/


Best of luck!

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Rose’s Answer

CPA licenses are issued by state accounting boards, not universities. The exam is uniform, so you will not have to sit more than once, but there are additional requirements that vary by state. Look into the state where you want to become licensed and check reciprocal licensing agreements in other states where you may practice.

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