Guides for Provisional and Apprentice Court Reporting

Please direct any questions about the application process for either of these certifications directly to the JBCC. You may find more detailed information on their website here.

Guide for Provisional Court Reporters
Guide for Apprentice Court Reporters and Supervising Court Reporters

Certification of Court Reporters

Certification by Endorsement

Please click here to view the JBCC's website regarding the information below, copied from their page.

Rule 3.3 (a) of the JBCC's Rules states: "The Commission may waive any prerequisite to obtaining a certification, registration, or license for an applicant after reviewing the applicant's credentials and determining that the applicant holds a certification, registration, or license issued by another jurisdiction that has certification, registration, or licensing requirements substantially equivalent to those of this State."

  • Applications for certification by endorsement, and supporting documentation, cannot be submitted online. They must be submitted by mail.
  • Do not create an online profile prior to receiving written instructions by staff to do so.
  • The certification by endorsement process does not currently extend to certifications held by associations.
  • The certification by endorsement process does not extend to those with an expired TX certification. Please refer to section 6.3 of the JBCC Rules for the requirements on how to reinstate a certification expired for 1 yr. or more.

In order to consider you for certification by endorsement, you must submit the following:
1. Application for Certification by Endorsement
2. Application fee
3. Verification from your licensing authority that your license is current and in good standing
4. Documentation from your licensing authority of the requirements for certification
5. Documentation from your licensing authority verifying the method of certification you’re licensed under (i.e., machine shorthand, or oral stenography, etc.)
6. A copy of your resume
7. A copy of your exam results; scores, method (i.e., machine shorthand or oral stenography), and if it was a state or national test
8. Verification of how the exam was taken (i.e., taken in legs or passed in one sitting)  

You must have your fingerprints taken for a background check. We will send you the link to the form and instructions after we have received your application for certification by endorsement. If you are currently living outside the state of Texas, please be sure to follow the out of state instructions for submitting your fingerprints; results can take several weeks. Please send a copy of your receipt once your fingerprinting has been done.

Once we have all these documents, your application will be reviewed and a determination made. Court reporters' applications for certification by endorsement may be reviewed by the Court Reporter Certification Advisory Board on a case-by-case basis. You are welcome to submit additional documents that will help us to make a determination; for example: a description of what you did to become certified, any other certificates relating to court reporting that you hold.

You may not have to take the oral skills test, depending on your endorsement eligibility determination. You will be required to take the written exam, which covers Texas laws governing court reporters. You can take the written exam prior to a determination being made on your eligibility for endorsement, if you choose. If you do have to take the oral skills test, please be aware that the Texas oral skills exam consists of three parts. All three parts must be taken at one sitting, and a passing score received on each part. Should you have questions not addressed online, please submit inquiries to

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