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 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:

  1. Submit the Application for Certification. You must apply for certification via our online licensing and certification system. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page
  2. Submit the application fee. Please see the Fees  section of this page for information on amounts due, acceptable forms of payment, etc.
  3. Submit the Application for Exam Eligibility if you’re also applying to take the exam.
  4. Pass a criminal history background check by DPS and the FBI. Staff will email the required form needed to schedule their fingerprinting appointment to applicants who have not yet been fingerprinted for the JBCC, after we’ve received their applications.
  5. 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.

Under section 3.5 (a) of the JBCC Rules, an initial or renewal application may be denied, and a regulated person may be disciplined, if the person's criminal history or other information indicates that the person lacks the honesty, trustworthiness, or integrity to hold the certification, registration, or license.

Please be aware that we must have an application from you before we can provide the instructions, service code and disclosure language that is required to make your fingerprinting appointment.  JBCC staff will contact you once we have your application.  Please do not rely on information or forms that you receive from a source other than the JBCC and its staff.  Doing so may result in your having to be re-fingerprinted, and thus delays in processing your application.

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 your court reporting firm you must:

  1. pay all fees required by rule, and
  2. Submit the Application for Registration. You must apply for registration via our online licensing and certification system. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page. T

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.


Under section 154.107 of the statute, a certification or registration expires on the last day of the month of the second anniversary of the date the certification or registration was issued. For example, a certification or registration that was issued on 09/15/2018, when renewed, will expire 09/30/2020.


All fees are non-refundable.

Application for Certification: $200.00

Application for Registration: $200.00

Acceptable forms of payment: Check, Money Order, or Cashier's Check. Credit cards accepted for online applications only.

Make payable to: The Office of Court Administration

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Updated: 01/30/2019