Court Reporters Certification

Forms 

Your Access, Download & Handling of Forms

  • When selecting forms to download, please be advised that you are solely responsible for ensuring that you have all items and information necessary (to register for the exam, renew, have courses approved, etc).
  • If you cannot access these Forms Online: Please be advised that form requests must be submitted in writing via mail, email, or fax.
  • Forms are not to be altered or duplicated in any way. For example, do not copy/paste into (Word), etc. Please do not use colored paper to print your forms.

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Payment & Submission

Acceptable forms of payment: Check, Money Order, or Cashiers Check. County Checks are acceptable for CSR renewals only.

Make payable to: The Office of Court Administration

Forms with fees must be mailed to:

P O Box 13122
Austin, TX 78711-3122

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Exam Forms

Applications that are received incomplete, inaccurate, or after the deadline (supporting documentation included), will be rejected. Once registration closes, no exam items can be accepted. No exceptions.  With the exception of the Statement of Proficiency  all forms must be obtained from the Commission.

Exam Forms
Application for Certification ($85) PDF Word
Application for Exam Eligibility (First-Time applicants) PDF Word
Application for Exam Eligibility (Non First-Time applicants) PDF Word
Statement of Proficiency (SOP) PDF Word
Regrade Request ($35) Use General Fees Remittance Form under Miscellaneous Forms

Reinstating Expired Certifications

For those seeking to reinstate an expired certification by way of examination, please find the information for required paper work on the Exam page of our website.

Exam Form Requirements

First-Time Applicants

Mail the items below to:

JBCC
Attn: Court Reporters Certification
PO Box 13122
Austin, TX 78711-3122

  1. Application for Certification (with the $85 app fee),
  2. Application for Exam Eligibility for First-time applicants, and
  3. Statement of Proficiency (SOP) or NCRA/NVRA letter (if taking oral exam).

Non First-Time Applicants (no fees due)

Mail the items below to:

JBCC
Attn: Court Reporters Certification 
PO Box 12066
Austin, TX 78711-2066

  1. Application for Exam eligibility for Non First-time applicants, and Statement of Proficiency or NCRA/NVRA letter (if taking oral exam), and
  2. Statement of Proficiency or NCRA/NVRA letter (if taking oral exam)

Please note that you do not need to re-qualify if your previous SOP has yet to expire (as it is valid for 1 year), the same applies to your RPR letter (as it is valid until the certification expires); however, you must submit a copy of your qualifying documentation each time you apply for the oral exam. Qualifying documentation must be valid on the exam date for which you are applying. No exceptions.

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Continuing Education Forms

Tips for completing approval applications & requirements for supporting documentation (for CSRs/Sponsors):

  1. The CE "Participation Verification and Credit Request" completed for NCRA does not provide verification of attendance.
  2. Be certain to include a copy of the program outline with your approval application  (outline must include course times and descriptions of each session).
  3. The Commission does not approve programs for indefinite time periods. When seeking approval for online and training programs you must provide the date you have  taken or intend to take the program. Date ranges are not sufficient.
  4. Course approval applications must be submitted PRIOR to (not simultaneously with) renewal applications.
  5. Forms must be complete; therefore, indicating "See attached" or "Refer to  page xx" would be deemed insufficient. Incomplete applications must be resubmitted  after all insufficiencies have been corrected. You can, however, attach  additional pages to list the items which would not fit in the spaces provided.
CE Application Forms for Sponsors & Court Reporter
Continuing Education Approval Form for Sponsors PDF Word
Continuing Education Approval Form for Certified Shorthand Reporters* PDF Word

* Courses must be approved prior to renewal.

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CSR Renewal Forms

Applications which are incomplete, inaccurate, or submitted after the deadline (supporting documentation included), will be not be processed.

Fingerprinting

For fingerprinting information, please see the 'Important Information' section on the  Renewals  page of our website.

CSR Renewal Forms 
CSR Renewal Form ($210-$410) PDF Word

Copies of CE documentation, i.e., Certificates of Attendance, must be submitted by all renewal applicants.

Requirements for Those Expired 1 Year or More

Please refer to section 6.3 of the JBCC Rules , for the rule on recertifying (i.e., being expired one year or more).

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Firm Forms

Applications that are received incomplete, inaccurate, without the appropriate payment or received after the deadline (supporting documentation included), will be rejected and may also be subject to additional fees. No exceptions.

Firm Forms
Firm Registration Application (New Firms, or those expired 1 year or more) ($200) PDF Word
Firm Renewal Form ($212-$412) PDF Word

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Requirements for Those Expired 1 Year or More

Please refer to section 6.3 of the JBCC Rules for details on recertifying (i.e., being expired one year or more.)

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Criminal History Forms 

Criminal History Forms
TX Fingerprint Service Code Form PDF  

Miscellaneous Forms

Miscellaneous Forms
CSR Update of Name and Contact Information Form PDF Word
Firm Update of Name and Contact Information Form PDF Word
General Fees Remittance Form PDF Word

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Updated: 09/27/2017