If the transcript(s) you sent NASBA in order to sit for the exam include your graduation date and the full coursework required for licensure (which differs from what is needed to sit for the exam), you do not need to resubmit your transcript(s).
If not, you must submit transcripts from every institution at which you earned credits toward the education requirements. Transcripts must be official, meaning they
are issued by the institution’s Registrar’s Office;
list the degree you earned;
arrive at the Board office still sealed inside the original envelope (you can include the envelope with your other application materials or have it sent directly from the Registrar to the Board).
If you aren’t sure, simply resubmit your transcript(s).
International transcripts must first be evaluated by either NASBA or Educational Credential Evaluators. Links to those services are below. Let them know the evaluation is for the purpose of licensure with Minnesota so that they can send us a copy of their evaluation. We must receive that evaluation directly from the evaluating service.
Information regarding what credits you need can be found in Minnesota Rules, a link to which can be found on the Exams page of the Board website. You can also refer to the information provided on the “CPA Exam - Minnesota” page of the NASBA website. If you need assistance clarifying whether courses you took were lower vs. upper level or what subject areas were covered, contact your academic advisor or accounting department head at your institution.
Once you apply with NASBA to sit for the exam, NASBA will examine your transcripts and determine your eligibility.
Residency requirements: You must hold legal residence in Minnesota or meet the following conditions: Are currently, or will have been within the 90 days preceding or following the date of the CPA examination applied for, a resident of Minnesota, attending a school in Minnesota in which you are seeking education designed to qualify you to sit for the CPA examination, or working in Minnesota for the purpose of obtaining qualifying experience. (see Minnesota Rules 1105.1160)
Non-Minnesota Exam Candidate: If you are applying for a license from this Board but
did not designate “Minnesota” when you applied with NASBA to sit for the CPA Exam but rather specified another state, or
you hold a valid CPA license in another state but wish to apply for a Minnesota certificate, or
you do not meet the description of a “Minnesota Exam Candidate” above,
Any CPA with an Active or Inactive status whose license is current/in good standing and who can personally verify or confirm that the work experience you provide on your CPA Experience Verification Form is accurate. The CPA does not need hold a Minnesota license.
The following people renew this year:
• CPAs whose last name begins with A-P;
• CPAs who were issued a new certificate in 2015; and
• CPAs who renewed after January 1, 2014, even if your last name starts with Q-Z.
Still not sure? You can find your expiration date when you look your license up on Boards’ website under Find a CPA.
Make sure you have entered the correct five digits of your certificate number and the last four digits of your social security number. If you have an older certificate number with four digits, add a zero or a “C” before the numbers. You can check your certificate number under Find a CPA on the Boards’ website. If you still get the message, contact the Board office for assistance.
If you are renewing at work, log out of your company intranet and try again. Also, some companies block online payment transactions. Contact your IT help desk to determine if payment sites are blocked.
If you are using the same computer to renew that you did with previous renewals, the cookies may not have been cleared. Try clearing the cookies or renewing from a different computer and you should be able to renew.
You are not allowed to renew your certificate, or change your status, until all CPE requirements have been met. You will need to submit the certificates of completion for the hours that you are carrying back and pay the CPE noncompliance fee.
You may carry hours back to a prior reporting period provided you pay the appropriate late fees. Per Minnesota Rule 1105.3000 (E), this fee includes $50 for the first month, or partial month, of noncompliance and $25 for every month, or partial month, thereafter until the Board receives the proof of completion for all carry back hours.
If you are not in compliance with the CPE requirements by June 30th and you need to use carry-back hours from the subsequent fiscal year, the CPE noncompliance fees continue to accrue until the date you notify the Board in writing with the documentation of compliance, not the date you complete the coursework.
Only non-resident certificate holders may request an exemption. If you hold an active certificate in your state of principal place of business you do not need to comply with specific Minnesota CPE hour requirements. When you select the CPE Reporting task, a box should appear for you to enter the state of your principle place of business. If this does not appear, please contact the Board office. Wisconsin residents must meet Minnesota requirements.
• Active to Inactive: you may still renew online if you are in full compliance with all CPE requirements. If you are not, see the above question.
• Active to Exempt: you will need to renew via the paper renewal form and be in full compliance with all CPE requirements.
• Inactive to Active: you will need to renew via the paper renewal form and complete the CPE Reporting Form for Status Change to "Active" form, found on the Boards’ website, detailing the 120 hours earned.
• Inactive to Exempt: you will need to complete and submit a paper renewal form.
• Surrender your certificate: complete the paper renewal form and check the Surrender Certificate box.
There may be a few different causes:
• Make sure that the 3-digit security code on the back of your credit card is entered and is correct. Your payment will not go through if the code does not match up with the card number during the verification.
• If you are paying with a company credit card, make sure the billing address is the company's address - NOT your personal address.
• Some company credit cards have restrictions on online payments. The issuing bank may need to lift the restrictions.
A $50 delinquency fee is owed on all certificates or permits being renewed late.
• If you held an Active certificate (even if you are switching to the Inactive status), you will not be allowed to renew online or report your CPE after the December 31, 2015 deadline. You will need to renew with the paper renewal and pay all applicable fees.
• For Inactive certificate holders, you are allowed to renew online and the delinquency fee will be added to your total.
• For sole proprietor firm permit, provided your individual certificate is renewed, you can renew online and the delinquency fee will be added to your total.
Your individual certificate must be renewed through December 31, 2016, or you must be in process of renewing your individual certificate, before your sole proprietor firm permit can be renewed. Also, if you answered yes to any of the peer review statements, then you must complete the paper 2016 Sole Proprietor firm permit renewal form; however, you may still renew your individual certificate online.
You will need to send a copy of your legal name change documentation to the Board to have your record updated. Changing your name does not change when you renew. (If you were due to renew 12/31/15 under your old name, you are still due to renew then under your new name.)