Montana Board of Public Accountants

Becoming a CPA by Examination

Application for Original License

This License Application is for Montana exam candidates that have successfully passed the CPA exam and are applying for first-time licensure, as well as for those individuals licensed in Montana previously but let their license terminate, and are not licensed in another jurisdiction.

  • To obtain a license, you must have passed all four sections of the exam and meet the education and experience requirements. There is no residency requirement and a social security number is not necessary to obtain a license.

Individuals must hold an active license in order to practice public accounting in Montana. See 37-50-101(10), MCA, for the definition of the practice of public accounting.

The Board reviews applications at regularly scheduled meetings. In order to be placed on the agenda for a meeting, an application must be complete 15 business days prior to the meeting. Please refer to Board Information/Board Meetings for specific meeting dates.

Applications not completed within 12 months of the date the application is received are considered invalid and void. A new application and fee will be required in order to reapply.

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