Certified Reporters Program

Effective January 1, 2003, all court reporters in Arizona are subject to certification and must have Standard Certification or Provisional Standard Certification.

The Court Reporter Standard Certification Program (CR) provides statewide certification for persons in Arizona who are qualified to be certified.  Code Section 7-206 governs court reporter standard certification and applies to any person who records and transcribes a verbatim record in any sworn proceeding by means of written symbols or abbreviations in shorthand or machine writing in Arizona pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes Title 32, Chapter 40.


The reporter's transcript is an important document before, during, and after the trial. The paper transcript and its electronic version are used for trial preparation, briefs, impeachment purposes, and appellate review. Property, freedom, and life all can depend on a clear and accurate record. Court reporting is integrally related to the prompt, effective, and impartial operation of the judicial system. 




All current certified reporter certifications will expire on February 28, 2022. The Certification and Licensing Division will begin receiving renewal applications on January 5, 2022, online through the Arizona Judicial Branch Certification & Licensing Portal at:



The individual certificate holder must register for portal access. If you have not already created an account in the portal, registration can be completed at any time by selecting “Login/Register” from the upper right side of the screen and “Don't have an account? Register Here” from the login screen. This will require an email address and social security number. If your email address has changed, please notify the Division BEFORE you attempt to register in the portal.


Once you have provided the registration information required and selected “Register,” you should then receive an email with a link that will prompt you to set a password for your account. Please note that system emails often land in the junk or spam folders. Once in the portal, access to information related to the account may be obtained by clicking the various tabs on the blue text menu across the middle of the main page.  After the cycle opening date, the renewal application may be accessed by clicking the “licenses” tab from the main page menu and selecting “renew” from the “actions” dropdown menu to the far right of the instructor or school certification number information. Once an application is started, information concerning status can be viewed by selecting the “applications” tab from the blue text menu on the main page.If you exit the portal prior to completing an application and wish to go back to where you left off, log in to the portal, click the “applications” tab and select “resume” from the “actions” dropdown menu to the far right of the application record.


A link to the application instructions is provided below. Please review these instructions thoroughly prior to beginning the online application process in order to ensure all required information and documentation is prepared in advance of starting the online submission. Links to the referenced forms are available under the “Certified CR & Registered Firms Resources” icon below.


Online renewal applications submitted on or after February 7, 2022 will be assessed an additional $50.00 fee. Please also note, in the event that you have submitted a timely and complete application for renewal, your existing certification remains active until the administrative process for review of the renewal application has been completed.


Please direct any questions or comments to the Division at [email protected] or (602) 452-3378.


CR Individual Renewal Instructions




Registered reporting firms initially registered in 2016 will expire on January 31, 2022.  Firms wishing to renew may complete the renewal process on-line. A designated contact for the registered firm may visit the Arizona Judicial Branch Certification & Licensing Portal at https://azcourts.force.com/cldlicensing/s/ to register for portal access.  For those individuals who do not currently hold a certification as an individual certified reporter, who wish to create an account to renew an existing certified reporting firm, the default code of 999999999 may be used in the SSN field.  Once registered in the system, contact the Division to obtain access to the certified reporting firm account.  On-line renewal must be completed on or before January 31, 2022 in order to maintain status as a registered reporting firm.


Questions concerning registration status, or the renewal process may be directed to the Division at (602) 452-3378 or through the program email address at [email protected]


CR Firm Affirmation



Proposed changes to ACJA § 7-208 have been posted for public comment to the ACJA Web Forum.  

Please direct any questions or comments to the Division at [email protected] or (602) 452-3378.

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