ABO to require online licensing

Written on Apr 26, 2018

OSCPA staff report

The Accountancy Board of Ohio this week issued a reminder that it is moving to a new system that requires online license renewal and management.

It’s important to note, of course, that renewals are not due until the end of year, so CPAs will have months to get familiar with the system.

The ABO said they moved all licensee information to the new system. However, users will be required to register using their email address and password at elicense.ohio.gov.

In January the ABO notified all licensees via email about the change, then earlier this month emailed individual security information. If license holders did not receive the message – or it is not in a spam or email folder – it means they either do not have an email address on file with the board or their email address does not match the board’s records.

Once registered, license holders can apply for or renew a license, pay fees, change contact information, request a license verification and request a replacement wallet card or wall certificate.

We told you in January about the new system, which will provide 24/7 access and faster application processing while eliminating the need for paper applications and payments via personal checks. The system will provide confirmation of fee payments and application submissions and will improve the ability of the ABO to communicate with and guide users through the licensure and renewal process.

For more information visit acc.ohio.gov or email the ABO.

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  1. RON CHAPMAN | May 02, 2018
    WHY DO THEY NEED THE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. SEEMS LIKE AN EASY WAY FOR HACKERS TO ENVADE.
  2. ghunt | Apr 27, 2018
    Mr. Stricker, thanks for reading! If you are inactive and have not been renewing or managing your license -- and you don't plan to in the future -- this change will not affect you. If you do plan to do one of those things, or have further questions, I encourage you to call the ABO at 614-466-4135.
    Gary Hunt
    OSCPA Senior Content Editor
  3. Jerome (Jerry) Stricker | Apr 27, 2018
    How does this effect retired CPA's like myself?  I passed the CPA exam in 1961.

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