Catalog Number 18668Q
2587 (Rev. 2-2018)
Form 2587
(February 2018)
Department of the Treasury – Internal Revenue Service
Application for Special Enrollment Examination
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Catalog Number 18668Q
2587 (Rev. 2-2018)
Instructions for Form 2587, Application for Special Enrollment Examination
General Information
Prometric administers the Special Enrollment Examination on behalf of the IRS. The examination is offered in three parts via computer
at approximately 300 testing centers managed by Prometric. Examination candidates should go to for
examination information, including:
» How to register, schedule and pay for an examination
» Examination locations
» Length of the examinations
» Examination content outline
» Carryover rules
» Test center regulations, including required identification
The fee is $181.94 for each of the three parts of the examination. The examination fee is not refundable.
Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN)
All applicants need a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) in order to register for any examination. Obtain a PTIN online at It only takes about 15 minutes to apply for or renew your PTIN online. Paper Forms W-12, IRS Paid Preparer Tax
Identification Number (PTIN) Application, take 4-6 weeks to process.
Preparers without SSNs must follow the special instructions and complete the additional documentation as outlined in the Form W-12
Registration, Scheduling and Payment
Before scheduling and paying, you must complete Form 2587. Once Form 2587 is completed, you may schedule and pay for your
examination with Prometric. Candidates should complete Form 2587 only one time under our registration process. For example, if you
register, but do not pass all parts of the examination, you will not have to complete Form 2587 in order to register for the examination
There are three ways to register, schedule and pay for the Special Enrollment Examination:
1. To express register, visit and complete this form online. You can then immediately schedule and make
payment online. This is the only way to complete the process in the same day.
2. You may fax this form to 1-800-347-9242. Wait one full calendar day and then either: log on to or call
1-800-306-3926, to schedule and pay.
3. You may mail this completed form to: Prometric, Attn: IRS Special Enrollment Examination, 7941 Corporate Drive, Nottingham, MD
21236. Wait six to 10 calendar days, and then either log on to or call 1-800-306-3926, to schedule and
Paperwork Reduction Act Notice
We ask for the information on this application to carry out the requirements of Title 31, Code of Federal Regulations, Subtitle A, Part 10,
Section 10.4(a). We need the information to identify applicants for the Special Enrollment Examination. You are not required to provide
the information requested on a form that is subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act unless the form displays a valid OMB control
number. The time needed to complete this form will vary depending on individual circumstances. The estimated average time is 6
If you have comments concerning the accuracy of this time estimate or other suggestions, please write to the Internal Revenue Service,
Tax Products Coordinating Committee, SE:W:CAR:MP:T:T:SP, 1111 Constitution Ave. NW, IR-6406, Washington, DC 20224. DO NOT
send the application to this address. Instead, mail the form to Prometric, Attn: IRS Special Enrollment Examination, 7941 Corporate
Drive, Nottingham, MD 21236.
Privacy Act Notice
Collection of this information is authorized by Section 330 of Title 31, United States Code, and Part 10 of the Title 31, Code of Federal
Regulations. The primary use of this information is for the administration of the enrolled agent program, including administration of a
written examination testing for special competence in tax matters. Information may be disclosed to contractors for administration of the
special enrollment exam and for other tax administration purposes, to the Department of Justice for civil or criminal litigation or to seek
legal advice, to Federal, state or foreign agencies or bodies for their investigation of violations of law or regulation, or for hiring or
retaining an individual, or for granting a security clearance, license, contract, grant, or other benefit, or to other persons to obtain
information not otherwise reasonably available and needed to administer the enrolled agent program. Furnishing the information on this
form is voluntary but failure to do so may result in failure to grant you enrollment.
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