Division of Certified Public Accounting
Frequently Asked Questions - General Inquiries
1. Can I obtain a license without a social security number?
No, pursuant to Title 42 United States Code, Sections 653.654 and 666(a); and Sections 455.203(9), 409.2577, and 409.2598, Florida Statutes, all applicants must have a valid social security number.
2. How do I obtain a social security number?
Click the link below for information on getting a social security number.
Go to "Questions?" and click Social Security Number & Card.
The agency can be contacted by phone at 1-800-772-1213.
3. How can I get an update on the status of my application?
There are 2 ways for you to check the status of your application:
- via telephone to Customer Contact Center or the IVR, at 850-487-1395
- via Licensing Portal at www.myfloridalicense.com, click View Application Status under Public Services and enter information in the required fields.
4. How do I update my application information?
While the application is being processed, you can fax or mail in any changes or corrections that need to be made on your application. However, if it is an examination application and we have finished processing in our department, you must also notify NASBA. Please call 1-800-CPA-EXAM for assistance if this is the case.
5. I sent too much money on my last request. How do I get a refund?
Requests for refund must be submitted in writing.
6. I have a question(s) regarding legal, ethical, or internal business practice. How do I get advise/counsel on these matters?
Procedures for Requesting Opinions
8. What type of Disciplinary Actions may be taken under different circumstances concerning public accounting?
Please refer to FAC 61H1-36 for more information.
9. Does the Florida Board regulate the preparation of tax returns (i.e., require that the preparer of a tax return hold a CPA license issued by the Board)?
No. You do not need to be a CPA to prepare taxes. Florida does not regulate the preparation of tax returns. Florida does regulate CPA's who prepare tax returns but, if you are a Florida licensed CPA and you prepare tax returns, you are subject to the requirements of the Florida law and rules.
10. If I am a CPA and file bankruptcy, will that affect my license?
No. The two are not related.
11. Would it be possible to qualify to take the CPA exam or apply for licensure if I declared bankruptcy beforehand?
Bankruptcy has no bearing on any who qualify to take the exam or apply for licensure.
12. My credentials were awarded by other credible organizations, e.g., the AICPA, The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the American College of Forensic Examiners. Do I need to put an asterisk by the CPA credential signifying it is regulated by the State of Florida or not?
No. You do not need to put an asterisk by the CPA credential. Rule 61H1-24.001(g) was amended with an effective date of November 18, 2007.
13. My application was previously denied. How can I open another application?
You must re-apply.