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 to check the status of an your application:
1. Via theLicensing Portal at www.myfloridalicense.com, click View Application
Status under Public Services and enter information in the required fields.
2. via telephone to Customer Contact Center or the IVR, at 850-487-1395
4. How do I update my application information?
While the application is being processed, you can fax to 352-333-2505, mail to Department of Business and Professional Regulation 1940 North Monroe Street Tallahassee Florida 32399, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 it in our department, you must also notify NASBA. Please call 1-800-CPA-EXAM for assistance if this is the case.
5. I overpaid. How do I request a refund?
Complete and submit the following form: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/documents/RefundRequest.pdf.
6. I have a question(s) regarding legal, ethical, or internal business practice. How do I get advise/counsel on these matters?
You can request a declaratory statement or opinion from the Board of Accountancy. Click on link for procedures.
7. I have an Advertising question?
8. What type of Disciplinary Actions may be taken under different circumstances concerning public accounting?
Please refer to 61H1-36, F.A.C. 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. If you are a Florida license CPA and prepare tax returns, you are subject to Florida Laws 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 anyone qualifying to take the exam or apply for licensure.
12. My credentials were awarded by other credible organizations, (i.e., 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 by submitting a new application, application fee, and supporting documentation.