Register a Guardianship

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Registration of Guardianships (Effective June 1, 2018)

*You must submit one registration form per ward. For example, if you are guardian to 2 wards, you must submit 2 registration forms.*

  • Family member guardians are not professional certified guardians, but they do have to register with the JBCC. 
  • There is no cost or fee for a guardianship registration or for the one-time only guardianship training.
  • The JBCC does not require Guardianship Registrations to be renewed.
  • The names of the proposed guardian, and the name of the ward, listed on your Guardianship Registration form must only reflect your legal name (i.e., the name indicated on your government issued identification or driver's license). Preferred names are not permitted.
  • Under section 10.2 (a) of the JBCC Rules, registrations must be submitted via our online system. Those who do not have internet access to apply online can contact us to request a form be mailed to them. Our phone number and mailing address are located at the bottom of this page.
  • Proposed guardians, or their attorney, must file a guardianship application with the county prior to registering the guardianship with the JBCC.
  • Register the guardianship information online with the JBCC, complete the guardianship training and criminal history through JBCC. (The guardian or their attorney may enter the information)
    • Under the JBCC Rules, the required training and criminal history check must be completed no later than 10 days before the court's hearing date to consider the proposed guardian's appointment.
  • Texas attorneys, Texas certified guardians, and corporate fiduciaries are not required to have the criminal history or guardianship training.
  • Pre-existing guardians appointed prior to June 1, 2018 are not required to have a criminal history or guardianship training.
  • There is no requirement in statute or rule that makes the registration a prerequisite to setting a hearing. Guardianship registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received.
  • 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.

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Additional Registration Information:

  • You can track your guardianship registration status, if submitted online, by logging into your online profile and going to the view pending applications page of your profile.
  • Qualification Date: The Qualification Date is the official date provided to you by the court that cannot occur prior to your court date. If you are unsure of your qualification date, please contact the court or refer to your official Letter of Guardianship provided by the county clerk.
  • Former Names: In the field for Former Names, if you do not have any former names, you must enter "N/A" in this field.
  • Ward’s Address: When entering the address for the Ward, please enter a physical address.
  • Liquid Estate Value: You must report the Liquid Estate Value of the ward. Liquid Estate Value is cash or any other asset that can be easily converted to cash at or near its market value. Publicly-traded stocks, bonds, and mutual funds which may be sold at or near its value are liquid assets. A CD or other investment that carries a penalty for early withdrawal is not liquid because it cannot be readily converted to cash at market value. The penalty diminishes the cash obtained for it by the amount of the penalty.
  • Co-guardians: Co-guardians must register separately and should indicate there is a co-guardianship by placing a note in the “additional information” section of the registration. Please ensure the information on the protected person is the same in both registrations.
  • Co-guardians: Co-guardians must each take the guardianship training course, and obtain separate certificates. They cannot take the course together, or have one take the course, and have both names on one certificate.
  • Out of State: Guardians living out-of-state or out-of-country must be fingerprinted regardless of the ward’s estate value.
  • If an out-of-state guardianship case is transferred to a Texas court on or after June 1, 2018, the guardian must be fingerprinted and complete the training. (In the additional information section, please provide the date the case was transferred to Texas.)
  • Please do not apply both online and by mail. Apply online or by mail (i.e., do not submit your registration online and mail it too).
  • To use our online system, you must be able to get pop-ups. Please ensure your device (i.e., PC, laptop, etc.) is set up accordingly to allow for this.
  • Under section 155.155 Government Code, information contained within the JBCC online system is confidential and therefore not subject to disclosure under Chapter 552 or any other law. 
  • If the proposed guardian is appointed by the court, the court clerk notifies the JBCC and provides the date of qualification.
  • The clerk also notifies the JBCC of the closure of a registration and the reason for closure. Reasons, including but not limited to, the following:
      • Termination/Removal
      • Dismissal
      • Transfer
      • Ward is Deceased
      • Non-suit
      • Minor reaches adult status, no longer needs a guardian

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Online System Resources

JBCC Online Instructions & Registration

There is not a fee for Guardianship Registration. If you are asked to pay a fee, please be advised that is not the correct application and you must withdraw it.

  1. Select the "Guardians" tab, then select "Guardianship Registration: To Register a Guardianship".
  2. Create a login name and password.
  3. Enter the guardian’s profile and contact information.
  4. Enter the guardianship information.
  5. You must read, complete, and sign the attestation page prior to submitting your application.
    Registration forms must be signed by the applicant (i.e., the Guardian, not by 3rd parties). 
    For example, Jane Doe fills out the registration form for John Doe. The name in the signature field must be that of John Doe, not that of Jane Doe.
  6. Once you enter the online registration information, complete the online guardianship training.
    • Use Google Chrome to complete the training.
    • Mobile and Apple devices may be incompatible to complete this training.
    • The course will take approximately 1 hour.
  7. Provide your training certificate to the court.
  8. Register a Guardianship and complete the Guardianship Training Module using the red buttons below.

Contacting the Guardianship Registration Department

Contact by Email:

The following tips can help staff to clearly determine what assistance is needed so they can better assist you and can also help to prevent your correspondence from being tagged as suspicious and being quarantined before we can see it.

  • Include your first and last name so we know with whom we’re corresponding.
  • Include a subject that briefly indicates what the email pertains to. Please do not leave the subject line blank. For example, good subjects would be “Renewal help for Jane Doe”, or “Certification Inquiry for John Doe”, and bad subjects would be “Help”, “Call Me”, or other non-descript subjects.
  • Provide details regarding the matter for which you need assistance.
  • If your inquiry pertains to an application you submitted, include the transaction number and the date you submitted the application.
  • If you must attach any documents, please ensure to name them in a way which clearly identifies the document. For example, good names would be “Complaint form”, “Contact Update for Jane Doe”, “Screenshot-:Login page”, etc. Examples of bad names would be “JBCC”, “123456789”, “abcdefg”, “document”, or other non-descript names.
    • Fingerprint receipts must be uploaded to your online application.
    • Documentation for training must be uploaded to your online application.
    • Submit documents by way of attaching them to the email in pdf or word format.
    • Do not submit documents by way of external links (i.e., linking to a cloud such as Adobe, One drive, or other equivalent source). For security purposes, we cannot open such documents.

Contact by Phone: 512-463-1656

The following tips can help staff to clearly determine what assistance is needed so they can better assist you.

  • Include your first and last name so we know with whom we’re corresponding.
  • Provide a detailed message regarding the matter for which you need assistance.
  • If your inquiry pertains to an application you submitted, include the transaction number and the date you submitted the application.

Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and cooperation.

Additional contact information is located at the bottom of this page.

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Updated: 03/22/2023