State Certification Requirements

State

Certification requirements

Alabama
Mandatory
Written: Yes
Skill:  180 wpm Lit., 200 wpm JC, 225 wpm Q&A
Alaska
None
Arizona
Mandatory - Must pass an NCRA (or NVRA) exam and an Arizona exam.
Written: Yes
Skill: 180 wpm Lit., 200 wpm JC, 225 wpm Q&A
Arkansas
Mandatory 
Written:  Yes
Skill: 180 wpm Lit., 200 wpm JC, 225 wpm Q&A
California
Mandatory
Colorado
Mandatory
Official Court Reporters must have their RPR and CRR
Connecticut
Mandatory
Written: Yes
Skill: 180 wpm Lit., 200 wpm JC, 225 wpm Q&A
Delaware
None
Florida
Voluntary
Georgia
Mandatory - must pass NCRA (or NVRA) test before applying for Georgia certification 
Written: Yes 
Skills:  Yes, testing speeds of national certifications
Hawaii
Mandatory 
Tested RPR must pass Hawaii written exam.
Idaho
Mandatory
Written:  Yes
Skill: 180 wpm Lit., 200 wpm JC, 225 wpm Q&A
Illinois
Mandatory
Reciprocity when applying for the CSR
Written:  Yes
Skill:  200 wpm general dictation and 225 wpm Q&A
Indiana
Voluntary
Written: Yes
Skill: 180 wpm Lit., 200 wpm JC, 225 wpm Q&A
Iowa
Mandatory 
Conditional Reciprocity. Tested RPR must pass Iowa written exam.
Written: Yes
Skill:180 wpm technical Q&A, 200 & 225 wpm nontechnical
Kansas
Mandatory
Reciprocity granted to tested RPRs.
Written: YES
Skill: 180 medical Q&A, 200 wpm solid matter, 225 wpm Q&A
Kentucky
Voluntary
Louisiana
Mandatory 
Will grant CSR to tested RPRs
Written: Yes
Skill: 180 wpm Lit., 200 wpm JC, 225 wpm Q&A
Maine
No CSR
Maryland
No CSR
Massachusetts
Two Types: 
1. No mandatory certification for state officials.
2. Voluntary for freelancers (by state association).
Skill: 170 wpm Lit., 190 wpm JC, 210 wpm Q&A
Michigan
Mandatory
Reciprocity given for RPR Skills portion. However, must pass CSR Written Knowledge test.
Written: Yes
Skill: 180 wpm Lit., 200 wpm JC, 225 wpm Q&A
Minnesota
Officials must have their RPR and have graduated from an NCRA certified program.
Mississippi
Mandatory certification on NCRA exam.
Grant reciprocity to RPRs only on Skills; to CSRs but must take WKT.
Written: Yes
Skill: 180 wpm Lit., 200 wpm JC, 225 wpm Q&A
Missouri
Mandatory
Written: Yes
Skill: 180 wpm Lit., 200 wpm
JC, 225 wpm Q&A
Montana
No certification required
Nebraska
Voluntary.
There is no official state test.  Proficiency is proven through past work, RPR certificate, or a state proficiency test is administered.  Reciprocity is granted to tested RPRs & CSRs if their standards are same as test.
Nevada
Mandatory
Written: Yes
Skill: Dictation not less than 200 wpm and not more than 225 wpm
New Hampshire
Mandatory licensure with reciprocity to the RPR or CVR and no state-to-state reciprocity. There is no NH-specific examination (written or skills). The license requirement includes a $1,000 bond. More information can be found at: http://www.nh.gov/jtboard/ 
New Jersey
Mandatory
Written: Yes 
Skill: 180 wpm Lit., 200 wpm JC, 225 wpm Q&A
New Mexico
Mandatory unless granted waiver.
Reciprocity to tested RPRs & CSRs who passed an equivalent exam, and have three out of four years' court-reporting experience immediately prior to application.
Written: Yes
Skill: 180 wpm Lit., 200 wpm JC, 225 wpm Q&A
New York
Voluntary
Written: Yes
Skill: 7 min. 4-voice 200 wpm Q&A, 4min 175 wpm JC, 5 min 175 wpm Q&A
North Carolina
Freelance reporters: none required
Official: reporters: RPR (or CVR) and maintain all CEU 
North Dakota
None
Ohio
None
Oklahoma
Mandatory. Reciprocity granted for RPR, RMR, and certain CSRs. 
Written: Yes
Skill: 180 wpm Lit., no JC, 200 wpm Q&A
Oregon
Voluntary CSR
Will grant CSR to tested RPRs who been tested within 24-mo. period preceding application for CSR
Pennsylvania
None
Rhode Island
Voluntary
Written: No
Skill: Must report an actual trial and transcribe 10 pages
South Carolina
Mandatory testing administered by Court Administration for court. May be waived if RPR or CM.
South Dakota
None
Tennessee
Mandatory Licensure
Will grant CSR to tested RPRs or states with equivalent testing.
Texas
Mandatory
Written: Yes
Skill: 180 wpm Lit., 200 wpm JC, 225 wpm Q&A
Utah
NCRA RPR or National Verbatim Reporters Association CVR
Vermont
None
Virginia
Voluntary
Washington
Mandatory
West Virginia
Mandatory for Official reporters. Voluntary for Freelancers
Wisconsin
None - Officials receive a pay raise for certification
Wyoming
Officials must have graduated from an accredited court reporting school and pass a 225 Q&A.