Become an Enrolled Agent


Steps to becoming an enrolled agent:

  1. Obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).
  2. Visit Prometric’s Special Enrollment Examination (SEE) webpage to schedule your test appointments, review the SEE Candidate Information BulletinPDF, sample test questions, and other test preparation resources. Achieve passing scores on all three parts of the SEE* within three years.
  3. Apply for enrollment and pay enrollment fee electronically using Form 23 or by downloading Form 23, Application for Enrollment to Practice Before the Internal Revenue ServicePDF and mailing the completed form and a check to the IRS.

  4. Pass a suitability check, which will include tax compliance to ensure that you have filed all necessary tax returns and there are no outstanding tax liabilities; and criminal background.

*Certain IRS employees, by virtue of past technical experience, are exempt from the exam requirement.

Once you become an enrolled agent you must: