License Renewal - (Ohio Permit, Ohio Registration, Out-of-State Status)

Beginning January 1, late fees will be assessed. Log in to the eLicense Dashboard to renew your CPA credentials.


Those who renew their Ohio permit after this date are required to submit documentation of 120 continuing professional education (CPE) credits earned during the previous three-year period.

Acceptable CPE documentation includes certificates of completion, transcript(s) (if several courses are taken from the same continuing education sponsor), and other documentation that verifies the name of the course, the course sponsor, the attendee's name, date(s) of attendance, type and amount of CPE credit earned, location (if applicable), and the fact the course was completed successfully.

A continuing education form summarizing CPE credits must be submitted to late renew a permit.  If CPE documentation has not been uploaded to the Board's CPE Audit Service website, all CPE documentation must be scanned with the CPE report form and uploaded to the eLicense renewal portal during the renewal process.


Those who renew their Ohio registration after January 1 may login to the eLicense portal at any time to renew and pay fees.  Note: all Ohio CPAs who are employed by a public accounting Firm are required to hold a practicing permit per Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 4701-7-04. This includes all client-facing work, whether signing as a CPA, or not.  Please contact the Board with questions at 614.466.4135.


Ohio certificate holders who live and work outside of Ohio, and maintain a current and valid permit/license to practice in another state need to maintain their Ohio credentials, and can do so by renewing as an Out-of-State licensee.  See OAC 4701-7-06.  There is no charge to maintain an out-of-state credential status.


License Renewal - Peer Review Firms

 Peer Review Firms (Attest)

Beginning November 1st, late fees will be assessed (after postmark of October 31st). 

If the attest firm is no longer performing attest services (audits, reviews, compilations, attestation engagements, etc.) then the firm must include the Peer Review Exemption/Professional Services Form. See form link on left.


Accountancy law requires all public accounting firms with an office in Ohio to register with the Board. Public accounting firms are defined in the Ohio Revised Code as those firms with an office in Ohio that perform either attest work or advertise as CPA firms. All public accounting firms must comply with firm registration requirements and renew their registrations with the Board every three years. Firm registration requirements are described in detail in section 4701.04 of the Ohio Revised Code.

The practice of public accounting and regulated services, as defined in Ohio, consists of three separate categories of services. A different type of firm registration status is associated with each category. The three categories are as follows:

Category 1:    (Public accounting):  The performance of financial reporting services for clients in accordance with applicable professional standards. These services are defined in accountancy law as "attest" services and include audits performed in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, reviews and compilations performed in accordance with the AICPA Statements on Standards for Accounting and Review Services, and engagements performed in accordance with the AICPA Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements.  These services are restricted to CPAs and PAs, so any person performing these services is practicing public accounting by definition.  A public accounting firm in Category 1 is subject to peer review and must register with the Accountancy Board as a peer review firm.

Category 2:    (Public accounting):  The performance of tax services or consulting services in accordance with applicable professional standards while advertising to the public as a CPA or PA.  A public accounting firm in Category 2 must register with the Accountancy Board as a tax/consulting firm.

Category 3:    (Regulated services):  The performance of tax services or consulting services in accordance with applicable professional standards while not affiliated with a registered public accounting firm.  Regulated services also include preparing or signing financial reports and preparing or signing reports on internal controls.  Since services in Category 3 are performed outside a public accounting firm, the firm registration requirements are not applicable.

Public accounting firms with a valid firm registration are considered continuing education sponsors in Ohio per Rule 4701-15-05(B)(4).

NOTE:  Changes in the name of a public accounting firm or requests to change the license status of a firm must be made in writing.  Name changes must be accompanied by evidence of name usage (business cards, letterhead, advertisements).  The Board registers the "DBA" (doing business as) name of the firm in its records.

  John E. Patterson, Executive Director

Accountancy Board of Ohio

77 South High Street, Suite 1820

Columbus, Ohio  43215-6108


Accountancy Board of Ohio Contact List

Main Line:  614.466.4135

Fax Line:  614.466.2628