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General Guidance Question

Question: How do I sign up for a new PTIN?

Answer: First you must create an account. Go to the online PTIN system and click on “New User.”

Follow the prompts to complete the account setup process and obtain a temporary password. Then use your User ID and temporary password to login to the system. Your User ID is the email address you used when you created your account.

You will be prompted to change your password upon logging in for the first time. 

Once logged in, if you have a social security number, you must select: “Sign Up with SSN.” Follow the prompts to apply, pay the $64.25 fee, and obtain a PTIN.

For more information, watch the following videos:

Create an Account & Apply for a PTIN – Part 1

Create an Account & Apply for a PTIN – Part 2

If you do not have a social security number, refer to the PTIN FAQs for guidance regarding your eligibility for a PTIN and how to obtain one.

Note: PTINs are issued for a specific calendar year. A current year PTIN refers to a PTIN for the current calendar year while next year refers to a PTIN for the upcoming calendar year. PTIN applications for the upcoming year can be submitted beginning in mid-October each year.


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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 04-Oct-2013