Court Reporters Certification

Renewals 

Important Information

  • Renewals must be submitted online. We will email a reminder notice to the primary email address on file approximately 60 days before your expiration date. After you receive your renewal notice, you will be able to apply online for renewal of your certification. Early submissions will not be accepted.

  • Before starting your online renewal application, you must review the "Watch How to Apply for Renewal-Slideshow" on the home page of our website, for step-by-step instructions on the online renewal process (including how to upload CE).

  • If you have previously started a renewal application but did not finish it, you must withdraw it if:
    • you started your online application before your certification expired, but didn't submit it before you expired. In this instance, you must withdraw the unsubmitted application, then start a new one if your certification has not been expired for a year or more
    • you started your online application before your certification expired, but didn't submit it before you expired. In this instance, you must withdraw the unsubmitted application and cannot submit new one if your certification has been expired for a year or more

  • Per sections 152.2015 of the Government Code, 3.2 (a) and 3.14 of the JBCC Rules be advised that you cannot perform work requiring a certification, registration, or a license if it has expired. You are considered renewed when your application is processed (i.e., approved), not when it is received. We strongly recommend that you submit your renewal application, all required documentation, and all applicable fees at least 30 days prior to your expiration date. 

  • When reporting your CE, do not report each session for the seminar you attended, we will obtain that from your certificate of attendance. You must only report (i.e., select) the name of the seminar you attended. You will find the title of the seminar on your certificate of attendance.

  • Up to 4 hours of CE reported from your most recent CE compliance period can be carried over to your current renewal period as long as the CE was not in ethics or Texas rules. Example: You expired in 2019 and are renewing for 2021. Up to 4 hours of CE that you reported with your 2019 renewal can be used for your 2021 renewal.

  • 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. 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 items and 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Inquiries Regarding Paperwork

Applicants must confirm receipt of their applications, and the status of their applications, by referring to the View Pending Applications page of their online profiles. All applicants are sent automated email confirmations of successful application submission, and when applications are approved. Inquiries for application status checks or receipt confirmation will not be replied to unless determined by staff that there’s been a delay in processing your application, and you have not received prior notification. We receive many of these inquiries and each email takes time to research and respond to which delays the processing of applications. Thank you for your understanding.

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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 6.9 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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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. Complete 10 hours of CE including 2.5 hours in Ethics and/or Texas Rules. Effective 06/16/20, under section 6.9 of the JBCC Rules, a firm principal 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. Pay all required fees. Please see the Fees section of this page for information on amounts due, acceptable forms of payment, etc. 
    • Effective 09/01/19, renewal fees are waived for firms with CSR's owning more than 50% of the firm and that maintain actual control of the firm. 

Previously Existing Court Reporting firms with 50% CSR ownership must submit an email to the court reporting department, prior to applying for renewal, requesting to have your registration type changed to reflect you are 50% CSR owned. If this is not done, you will be required to pay the renewal fee when you apply online. Please allow staff at least 2 business days to make the change and respond  to your request before submitting your renewal. 

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 may include taking the CSR exam again.

Exceptions will not be granted and fees will not be waived, refunded, or transferred.

Firms expired 1 year or more, please refer to the Reinstating an Expired Firm Registration section on the Initial Certification page of our website.

Court Reporters expired 1 year or more, please refer to the Reinstating an Expired Court Reporter Certification section on the Initial Certification page of our website.

Definition per section 55.001 of Chapter 55 Government Code:

  • Military service member: a person who is on active duty.
    • Active Duty: current full-time military service in the armed forces of the United States or active-duty military service as a member of the Texas military forces.

Military Service Members whose certifications have expired can request additional time to meet renewal requirements only if:

  • We recommend emailing the request for additional time to courtreporting@txcourts.gov at least 90 days after expiration (however, there’s no deadline to do so in statute),
    • The request must include how much additional time is being requested.

If they establish, to the satisfaction of the JBCC, that they failed to renew the certification or license in a timely manner because they were serving as a military service member (i.e., active-duty service) the request may be granted. Staff will email the determination to the application as soon as possible.

Criminal History

Criminal History FAQ's

New criminal history reports are required when you apply for renewal or your guardianship certification.  You do not need to have your fingerprints taken again once you have been fingerprinted for purposes of guardianship certification.  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. 

Please refer to the Certification & Licensure Criminal History FAQ's  page for additional information. 

Refer to section 3.5 of the JBCC Rules for additional details on this requirement.

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

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Updated: 09/07/2021