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Applications, Affidavits, and Other Forms

Tennessee State Board of Accountancy

CPA Licenses

Initial CPA License Application

Application instructions for Initial CPA licensure are sent to the candidate by office staff when relevant exam and education information has been received in the Board office.  If the applicant has met the requirements for licensure, he or she may apply for a Tennessee CPA license online at core.tn.gov.  Applicants must attach a completed work experience form during the application process.

Status Changes--Inactive/Closed

You may apply for Inactive status, or close your Tennessee CPA license through your account at core.tn.gov

Inactive—By making this change to your license status, you give up the right to use the title of certified public accountant or licensed public accountant without including 'Inactive' adjacent to the use of the title which includes the abbreviations CPA, PA, and the word 'Accountant.'

Closed— By voluntarily surrendering your license, you give up the right to use the title of certified public accountant or public accountant in any way in the State of Tennessee and the use of those titles which includes the abbreviations CPA, PA and the word Accountant.

Status Changes--Reactivation

Request reactivation of your Inactive or Closed  license online at core.tn.gov.  Each application must include 80 hours of CPE, all in technical fields, earned in the 24 months immediately preceding the application date.  Reactivating an Inactive license has no fee, and changing from Closed to Active requires payment of $110.00.

To apply for reinstatement of an Expired or Revoked license, please call the Board office at 615-741-2550 for instructions.

Update Contact Information

CPAs are required to notify the Board within thirty (30) days of any change of name, mailing address, e-mail address, and, in the case of individual licensees, change of employment.

A change of address or employment may be made through your core.tn.gov account within 30 days of the change.  Notifications made after 30 days must be made on this form and include payment of the $25.00 fee.

Change the name in your license file online through your account at core.tn.gov by submitting documentation of your name change (either a certified copy or a photocopy which has been notarized indicating a true and exact copy of an
original document).

If requesting a new wall certificate, change the name in your license file by submitting  this form and supporting documentation, including payment of $25.00.

Continuing Professional Education

CPE Reporting Form [pdf]

2019 Tennessee State Ethics Sponsor Application [pdf]

Pre-Approval Application for Non-registered CPE Courses [pdf]

Firm Permits

The initial firm permit application is available online at core.tn.gov.  A registered firm permit is required for firms that provide attest services, or those using the terms CPA, Accountant, or Accounting in the name of the firm.  Each firm must be owned in the majority by licensed CPAs and must name a TN CPA as resident manager of the firm.  Applicants must attach completed copies of the Firm Ownership Form and the Firm  Application Experience Affidavit during the application process.

Firms are required to notify the Board within thirty (30) days of any change of name, mailing address, and  e-mail address.  Updates to a firm's address or contact information may be made through your core.tn.gov account within 30 days of the change.  Notifications made after 30 days must be made on this form and include payment of the $25.00 fee.

Has the nature of your practice changed?  If your firm no longer offers attest services, please submit to the Board an affidavit for exemption from peer review requirements.  Firms beginning or resuming attest services should contact TSCPA for enrollment information.


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