CPA Exam Registration and Application

CPA Exam Fees

(As of 3/28/17)
  • Initial Application Fee: $225.00
  • AUD: $193.45
  • FAR: $193.45
  • REG: $193.45
  • BEC: $193.45

Contact Information

CPA certification and licensing in New Jersey:
New Jersey State Board of Accountancy
124 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07101

Application and information about the CPA Exam:
National Association of the State Boards of Accountancy
150 Fourth Avenue, North, Suite 700
Nashville, TN 37219

Registration for the CPA Exam in New Jersey is a two-step process: first, you must apply (see chart below); then, you may schedule your exam with Prometric.

You cannot begin applying to sit for the CPA exam until after you graduate. CPA Examination Services (CPAES) has made significant strides in reducing application processing and credential evaluations, and currently it takes an average of two to four weeks to complete processing once ALL required materials have been received.

Step One

To take the exam, you must apply in your selected jurisdiction. You must complete an application each time you want to take one or more sections of the examination.

  • Call CPA Examination Services at 1-800-CPA-EXAM if you are applying to: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, or Wisconsin.
  • Call the Board of Accountancy directly if you are applying to: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, or Wyoming.
  • Call Castle Worldwide at 1-800-655-4845 if you are applying to: Washington

Complete the forms and submit them, along with any required documentation and fees, to the appropriate address. Once your application has been evaluated, you will be contacted by NASBAt. The name on your application must appear exactly the same as it appears on your identification.

When you submit your application you may be required to submit some or all of the evaluation and examination fees. Because the rules vary by jurisdiction, follow the information provided on the NASBA website when paying the fees associated with the examination.

For jurisdiction-specific requirements, you must follow the direction of your Board of Accountancy. You are ultimately responsible for completing all sections of the examination within the allowed timeframe and following the rules of your Board of Accountancy. To find a summary of requirements by jurisdiction, on the  NASBA website.

Step Two

Once you have applied and received a notice to schedule (NTS), you may schedule an exam. Candidates who do not have a valid NTS may not schedule an exam.

The computerized CPA exam will be delivered at more than 300 Thomson Prometric test centers in the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Prometric offers three scheduling methods:

Candidates must reserve their seats at least five days in advance of their desired exam date. Test seats are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

Further information about the CPA exam, including tutorials and sample tests, may be found at

Make Sure Your Application Is Complete

The goal of CPAES is to process first-time applications within 10-15 business days after receiving all application materials and reexamination registrations within 48-72 hours. First-time applicants often fail to include some required information (see below). These deficiencies can easily result in extending the processing time substantially.

The most common reasons for delays are:

  1. Candidate fails to submit transcripts from all schools attended.
  2. Candidate lacks specific, required course work.
  3. Course descriptions must be obtained to ensure that particular courses covered the appropriate subject matter. CPAES is usually able to do this through an electronic service, like College Source, but they often have to contact universities and, sometimes, specific professors.
  4. Candidate lacks required credit hours in one or more academic areas.
  5. Candidate fails to meet special jurisdiction requirements (board fees, additional forms, etc.).
  6. Candidate fails to submit appropriate fees.
  7. Candidate fails to sign application.
  8. Candidate fails to submit photo (about half of the jurisdictions require photos).