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This is a post for future searches from people like me, and I could never find a good answer.
I qualified to take the test in Illinois and ended up moving to Michigan this fall. I was able to take my last test in Michigan (you can take the CPA test anywhere even if you’re a candidate in another state). I would not have qualified to take the test in Michigan because (at the time) they had a non profit accounting course requirement which I didn’t have. Either I looked that up wrong this May or they have since changed that and eliminated that requirement.
The changing of that non profit accounting course was key in my opinion to why I got licensed here. Had they still had that, I probably would have had to become a CPA in Illinois, then transfer my license here after a few years. Best part: Michigan is one of the few states left that doesn’t require the ethics exam! So I was able to skip out on that.
Anyways, for those interested, here was the process in Michigan:
1. Go to the state’s “LARA” website and fill out your application, get your 1 year work experience signed off by a CPA, and submit the check to their office.
2. Contact the state you took the test in and get them to send your results to Michigan. This took longer then I thought, I had them send snail mail, but I should’ve had them send an email.
3. After waiting for 4 weeks I’m finally licensed!
It is a relief to finally have cleared every hurdle. From the education requirement hoops to jump through, to the mind f*** this test is, to now the hoops I had to jump through to get licensed after passing all four tests… it’s finally over! It hasn’t really sunk it yet, but all I can say is I’m thankful to be done.
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