District of Columbia CPA Requirements

Are you looking to take the CPA Exam as an exam candidate for District of Columbia? Each state or region in the United States has a different set of requirements in order to sit for the test. If you are considering District of Columbia, you should first understand if you meet all of the necessary qualifications including education, residency, and age requirements. Below you will find the appropriate prerequisites, test center locations, exam fees, resources, and contact information to help you better understand all District of Columbia CPA requirements. For example, did you know that you need to be at least 18 years old in order to sit for the CPA Exam in District of Columbia?

Please note that obtaining a CPA license in DC may require additional qualifications including continuing education or work experience.

The data on this page was last reviewed and updated in January 2019.

CPA Exam Requirements in District of Columbia


  • Baccalaureate degree is required.
  • 120 semester hours is required to sit for the CPA exam.
  • Additional semester hour requirements. See full education requirements on the District of Columbia website

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District of Columbia State Requirements & Education Options

Educational Requirements to Qualify for the Uniform CPA Exam:

To qualify as a candidate to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination, applicants must satisfactorily complete 120 undergraduate semester hours or equivalent, including the attainment of a baccalaureate degree. The semester hours must cover specific subject areas. These subject areas may be covered during a university program or through additional degree-credit courses offered by post-secondary institutions including universities and colleges. The college or university that conferred the degree must have been accredited or licensed by the DC Education Licensure Commission or have been a member of a regional accrediting agency recognized by the Board when applicant’s degree was awarded. The required courses must cover a minimum of 27 hours of accounting-related subjects to include:

  • Commercial (Business Law) – 3 hours
  • Financial Accounting – 3 hours
  • Auditing – 3 hours
  • Cost (Managerial) Accounting – 3 hours
  • Federal Income Taxes – 3 hours

Other Accounting and Accounting-Related Subjects:

Finance and other accounting courses can be used to meet this requirement.

  • Other Accounting-related subjects – 3 hours
  • Other Accounting-related subjects – 3 hours
  • Other Accounting-related subjects – 3 hours
  • Other Accounting-related subjects – 3 hours

Overall credits Needed – 27


US citizenship is not required.
District of Columbia residency is not required.


18 Years Old

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Exam Fees:
Initial Application Fee: $175.00
Audit: $195.35
Financial: $176.25
Regulation: $193.35
Business: $176.25
Total: $916.20

*Registration fee for re-examination depends on the number of parts you are retaking.

Contact Information:
District of Columbia Board of Public Accountancy
Email: grace.ofori@dc.gov
Phone: 202-442-4320

1100 4th Street, SW, Fifth Floor E500
Washington, DC 20024

CPA License Requirements in DC


Continuing education is required.

Work Experience

Work experience required.

Other Qualification

Social Security Number is not required.

Social Security Number required.

Getting your CPA license in District of Columbia can mean that additional requirements must be met.  Since fees, requirements, and rules may change on a frequent basis, we highly recommend contacting the District of Columbia State Board of Accountancy for complete licensing information.

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