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CTEC Renewal Registration Cycle Starts August 1st

Sunday, August 1, 2021 - 15 comments

The 2021/2022 renewal registration cycle for CTEC Registered Tax Preparers (CRTPs) starts August 1, 2021 and ends October 31, 2021.

How Do I Renew Online?

To renew online, click on the button Already a CRTP – Click here to login to your account located on the homepage. To renew, you must have:

  • Basic personal information

  • Current bond information and bond certificate - Bonds MUST be uploaded through your account on the CTEC website

  • 20 hours of continuing education (10 hours of federal tax law, three hours of federal tax law updates, 2 hours of ethics and 5 hours of state) already uploaded into the CTEC database

  • A new or renewed IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN)

  • Visa or MasterCard to pay the $33 registration fee



Some CRTPs continue to log into their account, however, instead of following the renewal steps, they “reprint” their CTEC certificate for $10 and think they registered. Renewals can only be completed by following the above steps and paying the $33 registration fee! 


Common Questions

Below are the most commonly asked questions from CRTPs regarding the renewal registration cycle. CTEC gets overwhelmed with phone calls during the last minute rush so please read carefully and plan ahead.

What if my education has not been reported?

To renew online all of your education must be electronically reported to CTEC by your education provider. If your education is not showing up, call your education provider(s) to upload the hours into the system and make sure they have your valid CTEC ID number. Remember CTEC policy allows education providers 10 days from the date the course was completed to report hours earned so please plan ahead.

Is unused education from last year accepted?

CTEC’s registration cycle runs from November 1st through October 31st of each year, which means any education taken between those dates is good for the current registration cycle.

For example, did you complete a course on or after November 1, 2020? Any unused education completed from that date until October 31, 2021 can be used towards the new 2021/2022 CTEC renewal cycle.

CTEC education providers do not register you with CTEC. They are only submitting the education to CTEC. You have to make the final step to complete your registration, which also includes paying the CTEC $33 renewal fee.

Am I required to display my certificate?

All current certificates must be made visible to consumers at the primary place of business. CTEC certificates can be displayed at the entrance, on desks or another conspicuous location where business activities are performed.

What if I miss the renewal deadline?

CRTPs who fail to meet the October 31, 2021 renewal deadline have until January 15, 2022 to pay the $55 late fee, plus the $33 registration fee and renew late.

CRTPs who miss the January 15th late renewal deadline will have to start over, pass a criminal background check and submit fingerprint images to CTEC, PLUS retake the 60-hour qualifying education course, obtain a bond, provide proof of a PTIN from the IRS, and pay CTEC fees.

Due to legislative changes that took effect July 1, 2020, CTEC cannot approve the status of applicants to register or reregister until a background check is passed.


CETC#A294594 commented on Thursday, September 16, 2021

Thank you for the reply, I spoke to one of your customer representative over the phone 877-8502832 as per UPS appointment to follow up with process, they were asking for the form to do the scan service. I called and can't find my information and need it to do the process as a new applicant. Help please!! I am lost now.

CTEC replied on Thursday, September 16, 2021

We're more than happy to help with what we can, but it will have to be sorted out over the phone with a staff member.

CETC #A294594 commented on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Having trouble log in into my account to get a form for Live Scan Service. How do I obtain this form form CTEC? if does not let me get into my account for renewal. try to update password and I do not get any Email as response with any link.

CTEC replied on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Live scans are only for new applicants, not CRTPs who are already registered. As for trying to update your password and not receiving an email, those issues are usually because the email we have on file may be different from the one you're checking. Call CTEC if you continue to have troubles.

Mike commented on Wednesday, September 8, 2021

I have not had my fingerprints taken before. Each place I call that offers this service says I need a Request For Live Scan Service. How do I obtain this form from CTEC?

CTEC replied on Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Follow these steps -

REYNALDO MORA commented on Tuesday, September 7, 2021


CTEC replied on Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Wonderful. As long as your education has been uploaded and you have your PTIN and bond updated as well, you can renew at

Carlos Nalvarte commented on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Very good

CTEC # A298556 commented on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

I've called several times. I have finished courses with WEBCE and they have already reported my courses, when I see the CTEC website I don't see any of these courses. They already updated my full name. Please I need you to help me with this

CTEC replied on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

We understand this can be frustrating. Have you spoken to a staff member about it? There could be a number of reasons why this is happening, but the only way for us to help you is to have staff look at your account.

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Hue Ly commented on Monday, September 6, 2021

Renew CTEC

Michael P Higgins commented on Friday, August 27, 2021

submitting my renewal