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

  • The renewal period, for those who expire 12/31/2018, will begin after 09/01/2018.
  • 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. 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 continuing education. Special category CE (i.e., ethics/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.
  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. Additionally, please be advised that there is no longer an option to get a waiver for obtaining continuing education credit to renew your certification.

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. .

Delinquent 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 will be required to 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.

If you do not submit your renewal until near your expiration date you may not be renewed before you expire. You are urged not to submit renewals at the last minute. The sooner you submit your renewals the more time you will have to remedy any insufficiencies.

You are not considered renewed until your application has been processed. Once your paperwork is processed, an automated email will be sent to the 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.

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

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: Check, Money Order, or Cashier's Check

Make payable to: The Office of Court Administration

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Updated: 04/19/2018