Florida plans to cut the amount of time it takes to process exam scores for CPAs by more than half, reducing what had been a three-month process to less than a month.

In a meeting of the Florida Senate Committee on Regulated Industries last week, Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation Charles W. Drago (pictured) said his agency would trim the waiting time to as little as two weeks.

"A CPA applicant made us aware of the problem with the exam reporting when she received her exam scores months before the DBPR," he said in a statement. "Based on her concern, we have worked out an agreement with the CPA testing agency to receive scores as they are processed for a significant reduction in the application-processing time."

In the past, Floridians who sat for the CPA Exam had to wait for as long as three months for the DBPR to receive the scores from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. DBPR could not send an application packet before receiving the scores and it sought to make changes in the process.

NASBA is now transmitting scores as frequently as eight times within the three-month exam window, allowing the DBPR to provide eligible applicants with licensure packages in approximately 30 days or less.

"This change will help Floridians get to work faster, and CPAs can now enjoy a faster path to their careers," said Drago.

For more information, visit www.myfloridalicense.com.

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