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How to get your certificate: Court reporters

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You must get a certificate in the state of Washington before you may represent yourself as a court reporter (Chapter 18.145 RCW). Representing yourself as a court reporter includes referring to yourself with any of the following terms:

  • Shorthand reporter
  • Court reporter
  • Certified shorthand reporter
  • Certified court reporter

How to get your certificate

There are 3 ways to become a certified court reporter in Washington:

1. Pass the Washington State court reporter exam

Apply for examination online

  • Log in or sign up to start your application.
  • Select “General Application” to register for the next Washington State court reporter exam.

Apply for examination by mail

Send us all of the following:

Mail your application and payment to:

Court Reporter Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

We'll schedule you for the next exam date and notify you by mail with the details.

2. Apply using reciprocity with a certificate from NCRA or NSVRA

If you're certified through the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) or National Stenomask Verbatim Reporters Association (NSVRA):

Apply for reciprocity online

Apply for reciprocity by mail

Send us all of the following:

Mail your application and payment to:

Court Reporter Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

3. Apply using your certificate from another state

Apply for reciprocity online

Apply for reciprocity by mail

Send us all of the following:

  • A completed Court Reporter Certification Application.
  • A check or money order for the fee (payable to the Department of Licensing).
  • A copy of your current license or proof of licensure.
  • Proof you've passed an exam that meets or exceeds Washington State standards.

Mail your application and payment to:

Court Reporter Program
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

For veterans, military personnel, and partners

Your military experience or training might help you meet licensing requirements. You may also be able to get a temporary license if you're moving here with a current license from another state. For more information visit military assistance.

If you're a U.S. veteran, you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of your fees. For more information, visit Get paid back for test fees.

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