Court Reporters Certification

Renewals 

Online Renewals

You can apply for renewal by mail or via our online licensing and certification system. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page

Important Information

  • Renewal Fees for Court Reporters and Court Reporting Firms. With the transition to our new online certification and licensing system, the subscription fees for renewing court reporters and court reporting firms have been eliminated.  Those who use the online system will be charged a transaction fee based on the amount of the fee paid.  If you renew by mail, you will pay only the renewal fee.  If you have already sent in your renewal and paid the subscription fee, please email courtreporting@txcourts.gov to request a refund.
  • Fingerprinting. Applicants' criminal histories must be submitted to the JBCC via electronic reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for state reports, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for national reports. In order to generate these reports, applicants must be fingerprinted. 
    New criminal history reports are required when you apply for renewal.  You do not need to have your fingerprints taken again once you have been fingerprinted for purposes of court reporting certification under the JBCC.  Upon receipt of your application and payment, staff will request a new criminal history report and the results will be sent directly to the Commission. 

For more information on the fingerprinting process please refer to the Criminal Histories section on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

  • NCRA Programs. Under the JBCC Rules, all programs (i.e., conventions, conferences, seminars, online courses, etc.) must be approved. CSRs who participate in approved NCRA programs must submit copies of their certificates of attendance when applying for renewal; the transcripts issued by NCRA are not sufficient for CE documentation purposes.

Not receiving a renewal notice is not grounds for an extension of time or exemption from additional fees. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that you have all forms/information necessary to timely renew your certification. To confirm your expiration date please refer to your certification card, registration certificate, or search for your information in our online system located on the home page of our website.

Please note that all CE must be reported in hours. Please be sure to report hours in quarter hour increments. Example: .25= 15 min., .50= 30 min., .75= 45 min., and 1 or 1.0= 1 hr.

Please submit any inquiries regarding your renewal via email to: courtreporting@txcourts.gov.

To track confirm receipt and your renewal status, please refer to the online certification and licensing system. Log in to your profile, go to the link for viewing pending applications, and you can see your status there.

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Court Reporter Renewal Procedures

To renew your certification, you must:

  1. Submit the Application for Renewal. You can apply for renewal by mail or via our online licensing and certification system. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page. To apply by mail, forms are located on the Forms page of our website. If you cannot access the forms online, you must submit a written request to the Commission to have them 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. 
  2. Complete 10 hours of CE including 2.5 hours in Ethics and/or Texas Rules.
  3. Submit copies of CE documentation for completed CE programs.
  4. Pass a criminal history background check with 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. Pay all required fees. Please see the Fees section of this page for information on amounts due, acceptable forms of payment, etc. 

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Delinquent Renewals

A person whose certification has been expired for 90 days or less may renew for 1½ times the normally required renewal fee ($310). A person whose certification has been expired more than 90 days but less than one year may renew for twice the normally required renewal fee ($410). You are strongly urged not to submit renewals at the last minute. The sooner you submit your renewals the more time you will have to correct any errors that may have been made. If your certification is not renewed within a year of expiration, you will be required to sit for the public CSR exam. Exceptions will not be granted and fees will not be waived, refunded, or transferred. Please refer to section 6.3 of the Commission's rules for more information.

CE Compliance Verification

Under the Commission's rules, you must maintain your CE documentation for 3 years. Additionally, please be advised that there is no longer an option to get a waiver for obtaining continuing education credit to renew your certification.

Your certification is not considered renewed until a new certification card has been issued or your name has been added to the renewal list on our website.

If you do not submit your renewal until the end of December you will not be certified to work on January 1st. Furthermore, until a certification card is issued or your name has been added to the renewal list, your expiration date shall remain the same. Please refer to the CSR Renewal List located on our 'Renewals' page, to track your renewal status as your name(s) will be added to the list after you've been renewed. Be advised that staff will only contact you if there are insufficiencies with your renewal that requires action on your end. Notifications regarding insufficiencies will be sent via email or regular mail. 

Completing Your Forms

Please make certain to read the instructions and proof your paperwork before you submit it to the Commission. Catching and correcting errors beforehand may help to prevent non-renewal, paying additional fees, or being required to retake the certification exam.

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Court Reporting Firm Renewals

To renew your registration, you must:

  1. Submit the Application for Renewal. You can apply for renewal by mail or via our online licensing and certification system. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page. To apply by mail, forms are located on the Forms page of our website. If you cannot access the forms online, you must submit a written request to the Commission to have them 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. 
  2. Pay all required fees. Please see the Fees section of this page for information on amounts due, acceptable forms of payment, etc. 

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Delinquent Renewals

An entity whose registration has been expired for 90 days or less may renew for 1½ times the normally required renewal fee ($312). An entity whose registration has been expired more than 90 days but less than one year may renew for twice the normally required renewal fee ($412). You are strongly urged not to submit renewals at the last minute. The sooner you submit your renewals the more time you will have to correct any errors that may have been made. If your registration is not renewed within a year of expiration, you will be required to meet the registration requirements for a new firm. Exceptions will not be granted and fees will not be waived, refunded, or transferred. Please refer to section 6.3 of the Commission's rules for more information.

You are strongly urged not to submit renewals at the last minute. The sooner you submit your renewals the more time you will have to correct any errors that may have been made. Renewals submitted mid to late December would be an example of (possibly) being considered last minute due to the volume of applications that arrive during that time.

The Commission does not accept cash, credit card, or debit card payments for renewals submitted by mail. Renewals submitted by mail must be paid by check, money order, or cashier's check. You may only pay by credit or debit card if applying for renewal online.

Your registration is not considered renewed until a new registration has been issued or your name has been added to the renewal list on our website.

If you do not submit your renewal until the end of December you will not be registered to conduct business on January 1st. Furthermore, until a new registration is issued, your expiration date shall remain the same. Please refer to the Firms Renewal List located on the Renewals page of our website to track your firm’s renewal status as the name of your firm will be added to the list after you have been renewed. Staff will contact you only if there is are insufficiencies to correct. Notifications of insufficiencies will be sent via email or regular mail.

Fees

All fees are non-refundable.

Court Reporter Renewal Fees
Timely Renewals $210.00
Expired 90 days or less $310.00
Expired 91 days to 1 year $410.00
Court Reporting Firm Renewal Fees
Timely Renewals $212.00
Expired 90 days or less $312.00
Expired 91 days to 1 year $412.00

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

Make payable to: The Office of Court Administration

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Updated: 11/13/2017