Guardianship Certification

Our licensing team is unable to accommodate walk-in customers. If you need assistance please contact the licensing specialist for your profession. Our contact information is at the bottom of this page. If we are unable to resolve matters by email, please feel free to request an appointment by phone, or a virtual call with staff via Zoom for further assistance.

New JBCC rules are now in effect. These rules are located on the rules and resources page of our website.

Effective September 1, 2018, all applications submitted to the JBCC must be submitted online only (i.e., initial applications, renewals, exam applications, course approvals, etc.).  

For information on applying for guardianship registration, requirements to register, training, and etc., please refer to the Register a Guardianship page of our website.

JBCC Online Certification, Registration & Licensing System 


Applications cannot be submitted until 07/01/2020. Please do not submit applications prior to that date. 

Access the JBCC Certification, Registration & Licensing System

The Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) has a new online certification and licensing system. The new system allows users to:

  • apply and pay for new certifications, registrations, or licenses,
  • renew existing certifications, registrations, or licenses,
  • update contact information,
  • see a list of approved CE courses,
  • apply for CE approval (licensees and providers)
  • check the status of applications,
  • confirm receipt of applications,
  • apply for the CSR exam,
  • print payment receipts, and
  • search for individuals or entities that are certified, licensed, or registered with the JBCC.
    • If the information you seek cannot be found on our website, please refer to the Request for Records page of our website.

When submitting items associated with fees, you will be charged a transaction fee based on the amount of the fee that is due.  

Course Providers and licensees must have a user profile to use the online system, members of the public do not need a user profile. Current applicants, expired applicants wishing to become re-certified, and those currently certified and registered must use the activation code issued to them by the JBCC in order to create a profile. Activation codes will only be issued to the contact information currently on file. Activation codes will not be issued by phone. New (i.e., first-time) applicants can create a profile without an activation code.

Tips for Using the Online Certification, Registration & Licensing System

  • When creating your online account/profile, do not use the First Time Applicant process if you have already applied with us or are already certified, licensed, or registered with us. The First Time Applicant process is only for new applicants.

    (Note: those who have already applied with us or are already certified, licensed, or registered with us must use the ‘Existing Certification’ process which requires an activation code. If you have not received your code from us, send an email to to receive your code. For security purposes, codes will not be provided by phone.)

  • Mobile and Apple devices may not be compatible for using our online system.
  • Naming Files to be Uploaded. Please ensure to name scanned files in a manner that clearly identifies the item being uploaded. For example, if uploading a fingerprint receipt, a good name would be “FP Receipt”, or “FP Receipt for Jane Doe”. A bad name would be “JBCC”, “123456789.jpg”. 
  • If you see incorrect information on your account/profile and you are unable to correct yourself, please send an email to to request an update by staff.
  • If you need assistance using the online system and cannot find the guidance you need in the pdf Guide to Using the Online System, or the pdf renewal slide show, on our website, please send an email to the licensing specialist at and they will assist you. 
  • Guardians under Guardianship Programs: Please ensure all guardianships are registered under the Program’s profile. Guardianship Registrations should not be submitted under the profile of a certified guardian employed by the Program.
  • If we are unable to resolve matters by email, please feel free to request an appointment by phone with the licensing specialist for further assistance. 

Important Notices

County Clerks Not Required to Obtain Separate Criminal History Record Information for Certified Guardians

Effective 6/19/09 Amendments set forth in Senate Bill 1057 eliminate the need for the county clerk to obtain a separate criminal history report for those individuals described in Government Code 411.1386(a) and Estates Code 1104.402, if the individual described is certified or provisionally certified by the JBCC.  The court may request a copy of the criminal history record information obtained by the JBCC when issuing or renewing the individual's certification.  Courts should use the form provided to request a copy of criminal history record information from the JBCC.

Annual Reporting

Texas Government Code Chapter 155, Texas Estates Code Sections 1104.302-306 and 1104.257-258 [formerly Probate Code Sections 697 and 697A], and Rule 7.3 of the Rules Governing Guardianship Certification impose requirements for county clerks, the Health & Human Services Commission Office of Guardianship (formerly known as DADS Guardianship Program), guardianship programs and private professional guardians to report certain information to the Judicial Branch Certification Commission. In addition, Estates Code Sections 1104.302-306 and 1104.257-258 [formerly Probate Code Sections 697 and 697A] require guardianship programs and private professional guardians to provide certain information to county clerks.

Reporting forms for calendar year 2020 are now available. Reports are due by January 31, 2021. Reminders will be sent in January 2021. Remember, information is to be reported for the entire calendar year, not as a "snapshot" as of the reporting date.

If you have questions about the reporting requirements, please send an email to Michele Henricks at

Information for fiscal year 2020 is provided below for your reference.

County Clerk
Health & Human Services Commission Office of Guardianship (formerly DADS Guardianship)
Guardianship Program
Private Professional Guardian
Other Certified Guardians

Note: Private professional guardians must submit original, signed and notarized reporting forms to the Commission by mail or in person. All others may be submit reporting forms by mail, in person or by e-mail as shown on the forms. E-mail submissions are preferred.

Updated: 07/15/2021