The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy announced that, its national registry of CPAs, has now integrated data from its 50th state board.

With the latest addition, the registry houses CPA license information for over 97 percent of U.S. CPAs around the world.

The free service is designed to allow the public to quickly determine if a person or firm is licensed to practice public accounting, and includes license issue dates, license status and other details. It is the public-facing version of the Accountancy Licensee Database, which is the original database formed for internal use by board regulators.

“In a time when the public is talking about how the government should become more streamlined, we’re proud to see the accounting boards ahead of the curve,” said Maria Caldwell, chief legal officer and director of compliance services at NASBA, which manages both and the ALD. “Sharing data through the ALD and makes the Boards of Accountancy more efficient—saving taxpayer dollars while enhancing their public protection efforts.”

NASBA has been working with its member boards of accountancy to build the database since 2004. Three of the remaining five boards not currently sharing data with the ALD are actively working on implementations and NASBA is working with the final two boards to overcome remaining obstacles to participation.

“With every board that volunteers data, we’re that much closer to providing better information and protection within the accounting profession,” said Caldwell. “It’s a testament to both the power of modern technology and the capacity of government agencies to collaborate for the greater good.”

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