Apply or renew online
The online application process on the IRS Tax Professional PTIN System takes around 15 minutes. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to create one.
The application will ask for personal and business information. You’ll also need to provide a credit or debit card number to pay the user fee. If you’re renewing your PTIN, it will review answers you provided last year. Please edit as appropriate.
If you apply online, you’ll generally get your PTIN immediately after you complete the application and pay the user fee.
Apply by mail
Mailed applications take about four to six weeks to process.
Fill out IRS Form W-12, IRS Paid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) Application and Renewal. Be sure to include your user fee.
NOTE: All PTIN correspondence is delivered through secure online messaging in your PTIN account. Use the most up-to-date email address when obtaining your PTIN to be sure you get all messages.