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Disclaimer: Sections from the Education Law, Rules of the Board of Regents or Regulations of the Commissioner of Education are presented below for general informational purposes as a public service. Although reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that these sections are current, complete, and accurate, the State Education Department does not warrant or represent that this information is current, complete, and accurate. The statutes, rules, and regulations are subject to change on a regular basis. Readers are advised to consult McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York (West Publishing Corporation) and Title 8 of the Unofficial Version New York Codes, Rules and Regulations - Title 8 (8 NYCRR), published by the Department of State, and the State Register for the official exposition of the text of these statutes, rules and regulations, as well as for amendments and any subsequent changes or revisions thereto.

This article applies to the use of the title "certified shorthand reporter". The general provisions for all professions contained in article one hundred thirty of this title apply to this article.

The practice as a certified shorthand reporter is defined as engaging, under such title, in making by a written system of either manual shorthand or machine shorthand, a verbatim record of any oral court proceeding, disposition, hearing or proceeding before any grand jury, referee, commissioner, or arbitrator, or of any convention, deliberative assembly, or meeting of like character.

Only a person licensed under this article shall be authorized to use the title "certified shorthand reporter".

A state board for certified shorthand reporting shall be appointed by the board of regents on recommendation of the commissioner for the purpose of assisting the board of regents and the department on matters of professional licensing and professional conduct in accordance with section sixty-five hundred eight of this title. The board shall be composed of not less than five shorthand reporters licensed in this state. An executive secretary to the board shall be appointed by the board of regents on recommendation of the commissioner.

  1. To qualify for a license as a certified shorthand reporter, an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:
    1. Application: file an application with the department;
    2. Education: have received an education, including high school graduation and completion of a program in shorthand reporting, in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
    3. Experience: have experience satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
    4. Examination: pass an examination satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;
    5. Age: be at least twenty-one years of age;
    6. Citizenship or immigration status: be a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States;
    7. Character: be of good moral character as determined by the department; and
    8. Fees: pay a fee of one hundred fifteen dollars to the department for admission to a department conducted examination and for an initial license, a fee of forty-five dollars for each reexamination, a fee of fifty dollars for an initial license for persons not requiring admission to a department conducted examination, and a fee of fifty dollars for each triennial registration period.
  2. In lieu of professional qualifications specified in subparagraphs (2) and (3) of subdivision one of this section, five years of experience in shorthand reporting satisfactory to the board may be accepted by the department.