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Reciprocal Application

General Instructions:

If you are a CPA and were not certified in Texas, then you may apply for reciprocity in Texas.
The Instructions for Completing the Reciprocal Application explains in more detail the information and fees that are required.

The following documents should be submitted.

In addition to submitting this information you are required to take an open-book examination on the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct and to complete the fingerprint process. The examination on the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct will be sent to you electronically when your Application for Reciprocity is received by the Board. Information about the fingerprint process is provided below.

Required Forms and Documents:

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Forms with the notation "(fillable)" offer you the option of entering your information on-screen before printing and sending it to the Board. If you still have questions after reviewing the forms on-line, contact theCPE/Licensing Division at the Board.

Forms and documents that are available on-line:

Instructions for Completing the Reciprocal Application (L0003)

Reciprocal Application (L0004) (fillable)

Oath of Office (L0005)

Continuing Professional Education Report Form for Certification by Reciprocity (L0006) (fillable)

Additional information available online:

Electronic - Fingerprinting

The Board has a statutory obligation(Section 901.169) to determine that each person awarded a Texas CPA certificate passes a background investigation.

To meet this responsibility, the Board will access the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database and the Texas Department of Public Safety – Crime Records Division files using an established fingerprint process for each person who submits a reciprocal application. The fingerprint process allows the Board to receive information on all arrests, charges, convictions, probations and deferred adjudications of misdemeanor and felony offenses that occur in any U.S. state or territory. Records of these activities are reported to the Board for further investigation. If an applicant was 17 years of age or older at the time of the arrest, it should be reported to the Board. You are not required to report criminal records that have been expunged or sealed by an order of the court. You are required to report criminal records subject to a non-disclosure order.  After fingerprinting, the Board will automatically be advised of any subsequent arrest and further investigation will occur.

Applications cannot be finally approved by the Board until the fingerprint process is complete and the Board has received the results.

Information about the fingerprinting process and applications will be included in the communication confirming receipt of your Application for Reciprocity. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay all fees to the service provider at the time that the appointment for fingerprinting is made. The fees are not collected by the Board and cannot be waived.