Guardianship Registration and Training

 What is Guardianship?

Some people need help managing their daily affairs because of their age, a disease or an injury. If this happens, a court of law may appoint a guardian for them.

Guardian and ward are legal terms used to indicate the relationship between someone who protects another (the guardian) and the person being protected (the ward).

In Texas, the process to appoint a guardian includes:

  • Filing an application with a court
  • Having a hearing before a judge
  • Having a judge appoint a guardian, if one is needed

Because having a guardian takes away a person’s rights, it should be the last and the best choice to protect someone.


Before asking a court to appoint a guardian, other options are usually tried first, such as:

  • Finding someone to help the person pay bills and manage money
  • Finding someone to help the person make decisions, including health care decisions
  • Enrolling the person in available community services, including Medicaid programs

Once a guardian is appointed, it often becomes permanent. However, if things change significantly, a judge can decide a guardian no longer is needed.

To learn more about the guardianship process in Texas, read 

A Texas Guide to Adult Guardianship.


You must hire an attorney to apply for a guardianship in Texas*.   For more information on how to apply for a guardianship please call 936-873-4407.

*All guardianships must now be registered with the Office of Court Administration and all guardians must complete a training course and a background check.

The JBCC Rules requires a criminal history record search by fingerprint submission. A Texas and a national search will be conducted through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). IdentoGO is a vendor contracted by DPS to provide fingerprinting services in the State of Texas. Fingerprints done with the vendor are submitted digitally to DPS. Results are submitted electronically directly to the JBCC by DPS. This results in fewer rejected fingerprints and faster processing.