Court Reporters Certification

Renewals 

Online Renewals

You can apply for renewal by mail or via our online licensing and certification system if you expire prior to 12/31/2018. Effective 09/01/2018 all renewals must be submitted online. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page

Important Information

  • The renewal period, for those who expire 12/31/2018, will begin after 10/01/2018. Renewals must be submitted online. Early submissions will not be accepted. 

  • Submit applications at least 30 days before your expiration date to avoid delays in processing your application.

  • Accessing the online licensing system. Activation codes were sent in September of 2017 to all licensees with instructions on how to set up your online profile. Please check your inbox and spam folders for this correspondence. If you did not receive it, please email courtreporting@txcourts.gov to request the code and instructions resubmitted to you. Include your name and CSR or Firm number in the subject line of your email.

  • Applying to Renew and uploading CE to your renewal applications. Please refer to the pdf Guide to Using the Online System, on the home page of our website for instructions on how to apply to renew online and how to report CE/upload CE certificates to your online renewal application.

  • New Expiration Dates  Under section 154.107 of the statute, certifications will expire on the last day of the month of the second anniversary of the date the certification was issued. For example, a certification or registration that currently expires 12/31/2018, that was originally issued on 06/15/1990, when renewed will expire 06/30 instead of 12/31. The new dates will be reflected on the certification cards or registration certificates that are issued once certifications or registrations are renewed.

  • Renewal Fees for Court Reporters and Court Reporting Firms. With the transition to our online certification and licensing system, the subscription fees for renewing court reporters and court reporting firms have been eliminated.  When you use the online system you will be charged a transaction fee based on the amount of the fee paid.  

  • 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 JBCC 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.

  • You are not considered renewed until your application has been processed. Once your paperwork is processed, an automated email will be sent to the primary address on file. You can track your status via our online system. We strongly recommend that you check your email (including your spam folder) and/or the online system, prior to reporting to work to ensure you are renewed. Providing services without a valid certification is a violation of the rules and may result in disciplinary actions. Be advised that staff will notify you via email if there are insufficiencies with your renewal that requires action on your end.

  • 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 submit all inquiries regarding your renewal via email to: courtreporting@txcourts.gov.

  • To confirm receipt and track your application 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 must apply for renewal via our online licensing and certification system. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page
  2. Complete 10 hours of CE including 2.5 hours in Ethics and/or Texas Rules. Effective 04/12/2018, under section 6.6 (a) of the JBCC Rules, a certified court reporter may carry forward to the next certification period up to 4 hours of approved continuing education. Special category CE (i.e., ethics/TX rules) cannot be carried forward.
  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. Renewal applications will not be processed until all requirements have been met, including passing the background check.
  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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CE Compliance Verification

Under the Commission's rules, you must maintain your CE documentation for 3 years. There are no provisions in the rules for a waiver from obtaining continuing education credit to renew your certification.

Completing Your Applications

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 must apply for renewal via our online licensing and certification system. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page
  2. Pay all required fees. Please see the Fees section of this page for information on amounts due, acceptable forms of payment, etc. .

Late Renewals

An entity or individual whose certification or registration has been expired for 90 days or less may renew for 1½ times the normally required renewal fee. An entity or individual whose certification or registration has been expired more than 90 days but less than one year may renew for twice the normally required renewal fee. If your certification or registration is not renewed within a year of expiration, you must meet the requirements for a new certification or registration. For court reporters, this includes taking the CSR exam again. Exceptions will not be granted and fees will not be waived, refunded, or transferred. Please refer to section 3.2 of the JBCC Rules for more information.

Fees

All fees are non-refundable.

Court Reporter Renewal Fees
Timely Renewals $200.00
Expired 90 days or less $300.00
Expired 91 days to 1 year $400.00
Court Reporting Firm Renewal Fees
Timely Renewals $200.00
Expired 90 days or less $300.00
Expired 91 days to 1 year $400.00

Acceptable forms of payment: Credit Card

Make payable to: The Office of Court Administration

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Updated: 10/18/2018