Judicial Branch Certification Commission

COVID-19 Information 

COVID-19 INFORMATION

For updated information on COVID-19, please refer to the CDC website.

Temporary Office Changes for JBCC Staff

Effective 03/16/2020, the JBCC will be operating on limited in-office staff for the time being. Customers will still be able to reach us by phone at 512-475-4368. For licensing and certification matters, you can also reach our licensing specialists at the department addresses below.

Certification & Registration Departments:

Compliance and Records Departments:

Covid-19 and Certifications, Registration, and Licenses (Updated 5/28/20)

Per the Seventeenth Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster, the deadlines established for issuance and renewals of certifications, registrations, and licenses that expire between 03/13/20 and 07/01/2020 have been extended to instead expire on 08/15/2020. The deadline may be extended further by the Supreme Court.

Please revisit this page regularly for later updates.

  • Updated certification cards, and registration certificates with the 08/15/20 expiration date will not be issued.
    • certifications and Registrations can be confirmed via the online system by applicants and the public.

  • When you renew in August, your expiration date will be based on your original expiration date.
    o If you expired 03/31/2020, when you renew in August, your new expiration date would be 03/31/2022
    o If you expire 04/30/2020, when you renew in August, your new expiration date would be 04/30/2022
    o If you expired 05/31/2020, when you renew in August, your new expiration date would be 05/31/2022
    o If you expire 06/30/2020, when you renew in August, your new expiration date would be 06/30/2022

  • Certifications, registrations, or licenses submitted after the established expiration date will be subject to section 3.2 (e)-(h) of the JBCC Rules.

Should you have questions or concerns, please submit them to the email address indicated above for your department (i.e., process server dept., court interpreters dept., guardians dept., or court reporters dept.) and a licensing specialist will assist you.

Guardianship Certification and Visitations

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities that are not allowing any visits of residents – including guardians’ visits - to safeguard residents from the COVID-19 virus, can obviously interfere with a guardian’s duty to make regular visits to persons under their guardianship. If a guardian is unable to visit with a person under guardianship, the guardian should attempt to conduct a visit with them through Skype or Zoom or another app that allows visual face-time communication or over the phone. If the ward is not able to communicate, the guardian should obtain a status report from someone on the staff at the facility who has contact with the person under the guardian’s care.

Guardians should document their visits – or attempted visits – and file reports with the court regarding no-visitation measures taken at facilities where persons under the guardian’s care reside. If the guardian receives written communication from the facility, the guardian should file a copy with the guardian’s report to the court and maintain a copy for their records.

JBCC will not take disciplinary action if a guardian is unable to make visits in person due to the virus but the guardian should still make reasonable, good-faith efforts to stay informed about the health and well-being of persons under their guardianship. And the guardian should continue to keep the court informed about the condition of persons for whom the court is responsible.

Process Server Certification

Service of process is essential. For further clarification or additional information, we recommend contacting the county where service is being issued. Should any further orders or direction become available, we will update the information online. Please continue to check this page for any updates regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic and our licensees.

Certification and Licensing Examinations

For information on certification and licensing examinations, please refer to the Exam web page for your program (i.e., court reporter certification, licensed court interpreters, and guardianship certification). Updates regarding any cancellations, change in procedures, etc. will be made available on these pages.