This training course provides the skills to effectively identify the difference between authentic vs. fraudulent identification documents, such as passports, driver's licenses, birth certificates, visas, national identification cards, military and US state ID cards.
The course can take several hours to complete, and then, after passing a 30 question quiz, you will be immediately provided an e-delivered certificate. Along with this e-delivered certificate you will also receive 2 physical certificates of completion delivered via USPS Priority Mail. The physical certificate is the one required to be mailed to the IRS ITIN Program Office with your 13551 ITIN CAA Application to participate in the IRS Acceptance Agent Program or renewal form. This course and its certificate are accepted by the IRS for your new CAA Forensic Document Training Requirement.
**Alert: As of August 15th 2022, The Internal Revenue Service is temporarily halting the acceptance of applications to to participate in the Acceptance Agent program. The final postmark date for your application to be considered is 8/15. Any applications postmarked after 8/15 will be refused. The IRS intends to resume accepting applications to participate in the Acceptance Agent program in Summer of 2023. For more information, visit https://www.irs.gov/individuals/new-itin-acceptance-agent-program-changes.
Certifying Acceptance Agents are able to certify identity documents in-house for ITIN applications without having to physically submit these documents to the IRS. This allows for expedited processing of ITIN applications as well as allowing your clients piece of mind not having to part with their passports, birth certificates, and other sensitive ID documents.
CAA Application Process
The forensic document training course is one of several requirements for applying for CAA status with the IRS. Be sure to review the CAA application process in detail to make sure that you have completed all necessary steps before submitting your 13551 application.
Steps to Become a CAA:
1. Complete Forensic Document Training course. Receive certificates of completion by mail.
2. Complete IRS ITIN Tax Law training. Print and sign last slide. IRS Acceptance Agent Training Slideshow
3. Complete CAA application Form 13551: IRS form 13551 & Instructions
4. Complete fingerprint cards (If not ERO, EA, CPA, Attorney, etc)
5. Mail all items to:
Internal Revenue Service
3651 S. IH 35
Austin, TX 78741
CAA Application Timeframe
The IRS is now accepting CAA applications year round via form 13551. The typical timeframe for application review is approximately 60 days.
Course Completion Certificate
The IRS requires that the official forensic document course certificate be mailed in with your 13551 (application or renewal request for the IRS’ Acceptance Agent Program). Printed electronic certificates will not be accepted. To expedite the process, you will be shipped 2 physical raised seal certificates of completion via USPS Priority mail with tracking to aid in getting your applications submitted timely.