District Of Columbia CPA Exam License Requirements

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The District of Columbia, otherwise known as Washington DC, requires 150 credit hours to earn a CPA license although you may sit for the CPA exam after earning your bachelor’s degree along with the required accounting courses.  The work experience requirements are pretty standard and require 1 year of public or non-public accounting verified by an active US CPA.

To be eligible to sit for the CPA exam students must first fulfill these qualifications and requirements:

  1. Minimum age: 18
  2. U.S. Residency NOT Required
  3. State Residency NOT Required

Education Requirements

  1. Bachelor degree or above with accounting concentration and at least 120 credit hours
  2. Accounting courses — 24 semester hours: 3 hours in accounting, 3 hours in auditing, 3 hours in cost accounting, 3 hours in federal income tax, 12 hours of other accounting courses
  3. Additional requirement: 3 hours of commercial law

DC CPA License Requirements

Education: 150 semester hours.

Work Experience: 1 year (2,000 hours) of public or non-public accounting experience verified by an actively licensed United States CPA. Work can be full-time or part-time but must be completed within a 1-3 year period.

Ethics Exam: No Requirement.

District of Columbia CPA Exam Fees

The cost to take all four sections of the CPA exam in Washington DC is $743 plus the initial $175* application fee.  The re-examination registration fee is $65.

*Initial application fee includes refundable license fee of $110 due at time of application

**Important Note: You should not apply and pay for exam sections that will not be taken within six months because your Notice to Schedule (NTS) in District of Columbia expires 6 months after issuance.

Additional CPA Requirements

  1. Pass all 4 sections of the CPA exam with a score of 75% or higher
  2. Complete verified accounting work experience
  3. Fill out and submit all required CPA license application paperwork
  4. Pay the CPA license application fee

DC Exam Information and Resources

District of Columbia CPA Exam Candidates

Washington DC CPA License FAQ

For more details, please contact:

District of Columbia Board of Accountancy

1100 4th Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: 202-442-4320
Fax: 202-442-9445

What’s Next?

Now that you have started the CPA exam application process, your next step is to find a CPA review course that fits your budget, learning style and schedule.

It can take several weeks for your application to be processed so don’t waste that valuable time waiting to hear back from your state board. If you start studying now you will get a nice jump start on the material and will be better prepared to pass your first CPA exam!