Certification

 

Become a Certified Court Reporter

The Georgia Board of Court Reporting requires that all court reporters in the state of Georgia be certified. Certification may be achieved by testing with the National Court Reporters Association or the National Verbatim Reporters Association. After passing a national exam, an applicant may apply for Georgia certification. Previous attainment of a passing score on the NCRA Exam or the NVRA Exam does satisfy the Georgia Board of Court Reporting’s certification requirements.

Eligibility for Certification

Any person who meets the following criteria is eligible for certification as a Georgia court reporter:

  1. Has attained the age of 18 years of age
  2. Is of good moral character
  3. Is a graduate of a high school or has had an equivalent education

Certification Instructions

  1. Obtain a passing score on the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) Examination or the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA) Examination
  2. Complete and submit to the Board of Court Reporting the Application for Certification
  3. Complete and submit to the online, open book Board of Court Reporting test
  4. Attain a passing score on the Georgia test
  5. Attach the certification fee of $125.00 for processing
  6. Mail the Exam Passage Verification form directly to the licensing agency, NCRA or NVRA. The Board only accepts the Exam Passage Verification form from the licensing agency.

Recertification

Applicants who are seeking to regain certification after having their certification revoked for failure to annually renew and/or for failure to complete CE requirements may recertify using the Board’s current certification procedures. An applicant may become certified again no sooner than the first day of April following the date of revocation. Anyone applying for certification reinstatement under such a revoked license must include a $500.00 reinstatement penalty along with the $125.00 application fee.

Recertification Instructions

  1. Obtain a passing score on the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) Examination or the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA) Examination
  2. Complete and submit to the Board of Court Reporting the Application for Certification
  3. Complete and submit to the Board of Court Reporting the Georgia Test
  4. Attain a passing score on the Georgia Test
  5. Attach the Reinstatement Penalty of $500.00 and certification fee of $125.00 for processing
  6. Mail the Exam Passage Verification form directly to the licensing agency, NCRA or NVRA. The Board only accepts the Exam Passage Verification form from the licensing agency.

Emergency Judicial Permit

Any judge of a court of record shall have the authority to request an emergency judicial permit, allowing a person who is not a certified court reporter in the State of Georgia to act as a temporary official court reporter in that judge’s court for a period not to exceed one year, in accordance with O.C.G.A. Sec. 15-14-34.

The applicant shall also send an Application for Emergency Judicial Permit, and pay a fee set by the Board. Upon receipt and approval of the request, the Application, and the fee, the Board may issue a permit for that reporter to be the official court reporter for that court only, for a period not to exceed one year.

The emergency judicial work permit shall not be renewable, and shall not allow freelance reporting by the judicial permit holder. No person shall be granted more than one emergency judicial permit.

The emergency judicial work permit is no longer valid once the holder of the permit takes and passes the exam to become a certified court reporter in Georgia.

Contact:
Georgia Board of Court Reporting
Suite 300, 244 Washington Street, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30334-5900
(404) 656-6422

National Court Reporters Association 

National Verbatim Reporters Association 

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