CAA Forensic Training Course
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Course Description

This CAA forensic 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 IRS CAA forensic training course can take several hours to complete, and then, after passing a 30 question quiz, you will be immediately provided an e-delivered certificate. The IRS has not yet identified if a physical certificate of completion will be required to be mailed in with CAA applications or renewals as of yet, but if one is required, we will generate and mail physical certificates of completion immediately. This CAA forensic document training online course and its certificate is accepted by the IRS for your CAA Forensic Document Training Requirement.

**Alert: The Internal Revenue Service temporarily halted applications to the Acceptance Agent program August 15th 2022. IRS recently updated their plans for resuming accepting applications to participate in the CAA program for a target date in late 2023. You may complete your Forensic Documentation Training course now, in advance of this reactivation, but you just wait until the IRS formally rolls out the new enrollment/renewal process before submitting your application. Any applications submitted before the official IRS reinstatement date will be refused. For more information including updates, visit

  • CAA Benefits

    Certifying Acceptance Agents are able to certify identity documents in-house for ITIN applications without having to physically submit these documents to the IRS. Forensic document training 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 application.

  • CAA Application Timeframe

    Prior to the IRS moratorium, the CAA application process was facilitated by completing form 13551 and submitting this via regular mail along with your Forensic Document Training certificate. The typical timeframe for IRS CAA application review was approximately 60 days. The IRS is currently finalizing their update of this enrollment process to take the application process online and dramatically reduce the timeframe it takes to process applications. Final details on this new online application process and the related timeframes associated will be updated once the new process details are formalized by the IRS.

  • Course Completion Certificate

    Before the pause of the CAA program for updating the enrollment process, the IRS previously required physical course completion certificates be included and mailed in with your 13551 (application or renewal request for the IRS' Acceptance Agent Program). The IRS is now in the final stages of updating their procedures for applications and renewals to the CAA program and have indicated the new process will be online. They have not yet identified how they will be processing the Forensic Document Training course certificates within this new online process. We will make electronic certificates immediately available following course completion, and if the IRS later determines physical certificates are still part of the process we will mail these out at no additional charge to you. We will still collect mailing address information from you upon course completion to quickly facilitate this extra step, if it becomes necessary.

  • FAQ about IRS temporary CAA shutdown

    Q: Is the IRS planning on continuing the CAA program?
    A: Yes, the IRS suspended the program in August of 2022 and the IRS has relayed their full intentions in reactivating the program after some improvements in administrative processing.

    Q: When is the CAA program going to become available again for new applicants and renewals?
    A: The IRS originally had a tentative re-start date of "Summer of 2023". This projected start date has now been changed to "Late 2023" and the official date when the moratorium will be lifted has not yet been announced.

    Q: Will Forensic Document Training still be required for CAA applications and renewals?
    A: Yes, Certifying Acceptance Agents must complete Forensic Document Identification Training.

    Q: Will the Forensic Document Training course and/or content change after the CAA moratorium ends?
    A: The IRS has indicated that providers do not need to make any changes to existing Forensic Document Training course content.

    Q: What changes are the IRS making to the CAA program.
    A: The ITIN Program Office at the IRS has not officially released details on the extent of their overhaul of the CAA program, however, IRS has indicated they intend to convert the 13551 application and renewal process over to being electronic going forward. Fingerprinting (if applicable) will also be converted over to a digital process.

    Q: Where can I get more information about the CAA moratorium and the IRS Certifying Acceptance Agent program changes?
    A: The IRS has created a page dedicated to the changes to the CAA program:

  • 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 (currently under revision to go online): IRS form 13551 & Instructions
    4. Complete fingerprinting process (If not ERO, EA, CPA, Attorney, etc)

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