Court Reporters Certification

Initial Certification 

Requirement of Certification or Registration

Certification of Court Reporters

Texas does not have reciprocity with other states; however, those seeking information on certification by endorsement must submit inquiries to jbcc@txcourts.gov for information on this process.

A person may not engage in shorthand reporting in this State or be appointed an official court reporter or deputy court reporter unless that person is certified as a shorthand reporter by the Supreme Court of Texas.

A certification must be for one or more of the following methods of shorthand reporting:

  1. Written shorthand;
  2. Machine shorthand;
  3. Oral stenography; or
  4. Any other method of shorthand reporting authorized by the Supreme Court.

To qualify for certification, a person must pay all required fees, comply  with the application procedures, and comply with the following requirements:

  • Pass the CSR Examination.  
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent.     
  • Provide their state and national criminal histories.

In order to apply to become a certified shorthand reporter (CSR), you must:

  • Submit the Application for Certification. You can apply for certification by mail or via our online licensing and certification system. If you cannot access the form, located on the Forms page of our website, online, you must submit a written request to the Commission to have it sent to you. Requests may be submitted to (Fax) 512-463-1117, (Email) courtreporting@txcourts.gov, or to our general correspondence address of PO Box 12066, Austin, TX 78711-2066. Form requests are not accepted by phone.
    Click here to use the online certification and licensing system.
  • Submit the application fee. Please see the Fees section of this page for information on amounts due, acceptable forms of payment, etc.
  • Submit the Application for Exam Eligibility if you’re also applying to take the exam.
  • Pass a criminal history background check by DPS and the FBI.
  • Pass all parts of a Commission-approved examination.

Criminal History

For more information on the fingerprinting process, including how to submit inquiries on problems encountered during the fingerprinting process, please refer to the Criminal Histories section on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page of our website.

Please refer to section 3.0 of the JBCC Rules for additional information on criminal histories and certification.

Registration of Court Reporting Firms

A court reporting firm and its affiliate offices must register with the Commission.

A court reporting firm may not use the title or designation "court recording firm," "court reporting firm" or "shorthand reporting firm" or any abbreviation, title, designation, words, letters, sign, card, or device tending to indicate that the firm is a court reporting firm or shorthand reporting firm, or offer services as a court reporting firm or shorthand reporting firm, unless the firm and its affiliate offices are registered with the Board.

To register, a court reporting firm or affiliate office shall:

  1. pay all fees required by rule, and
  2. register on a form provided by the Commission. You can apply for registration by mail or via our online licensing and certification system .Click here to use the online certification and licensing system.

The  registration form must state whether the firm or office or any officers,  directors, or managerial employees have been finally convicted of a felony or  misdemeanor other than a minor traffic offense or juvenile offense.

Refusal to Register

After notice and an opportunity for a hearing, the Commission may refuse to register a court reporting firm or affiliate office:

  • If the firm or office was finally convicted of a felony or  misdemeanor that directly relates to the provision of court reporting services as stated in rule; or
  • If the firm or office was finally convicted of an offense that does not directly relate to the provision of court reporting services as stated in rule and that was committed less than five years before the person applies to be certified; or
  • Submits false representations or misstatements of material fact as  part of the registration process, including omission of information about prior  criminal convictions.

Expiration

A certification or registration expires at 12:01 a.m. on January 1 following the second anniversary of the date on which it was issued unless the certification or registration is renewed before that time pursuant to rule. Thereafter, the certification or registration expires at 12:01 a.m. on each second January 1 unless renewed.

Fees

All fees are non-refundable.

Application for Certification: $85.00

Application for Registration: $200.00

Acceptable forms of payment: Check, Money Order, or Cashier's Check

Make payable to: The Office of Court Administration

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Updated: 09/25/2017