Licensed Court Interpreters

The Licensed Court Interpreters program licenses, tests, and regulates those individuals who provide interpretations in a court room for individuals who do not speak English. For more information about court interpreters, e-mail TDLR at

Licensed Court Interpreters

Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses - For more information about applying as a military spouse please go to the Military Spouse FAQs page.

Starting September 1, 2014, Licensed Court Interpreters will be licensed by the new Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC), not by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). TDLR and the Office of Court Administration (OCA), are currently working together to ensure a smooth transition.  Until that time, TDLR will continue administering all aspects of the Licensed Court Interpreters program.

Rules proposed by JBCC and OCA are posted on their website for review and public comment. View the proposed rules

The document also explains OCA’s process for rule adoption. All comments on the proposed rules should be directed to OCA. The 30 day period during which you may comment on the rules ends on December 9, 2013. OCA’s new rules will not become effective until September 1, 2014. The rules must be approved by the Supreme Court of Texas.

TDLR will continue to post updates to guide you through the change. No action is required at this time. We recommend you sign up for Licensed Court Interpreter email updates.

This change is the result of Senate Bill 966, passed in the 83rd Legislative Session. Read Senate Bill 966

For further information about OCA please visit OCA’s news page.

NEW - Order a duplicate license online

Change your contact information online

The Licensed Court Interpreter Advisory Board meeting scheduled for Friday, July 19 is canceled due to lost quorum. The meeting will be rescheduled. Notice of the new meeting date will be sent via email and posted on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation web site.

The Licensed Court Interpreter Advisory Board met January 18 in Austin. The agenda is available online. The meeting was archived and is available for viewing via RealPlayer.

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted amendments to existing rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 80, §80.20 and §80.80 regarding the licensed court interpreters program.  The effective date of the rule adoption is September 15, 2012. The updated rules have been posted online.

Justification For Adopted Rule Amendments - The amendments are necessary to create a mandatory pre‑test orientation course for licensed court interpreter applicants to provide them with an overview of interpreter ethics, court terminology, and interpreting protocols as well as provide them with a clear understanding of the exam rigors. View the justification for adopted rules

Here are the public comments on general topics received during the 2012 Strategic Planning process. The comments are grouped as answers to the four questions we based our discussions on.

  1. What are we doing well?
  2. What can we do better?
  3. If you could change one service that we provide or eliminate or amend any provision of TDLR’s statutes or rules, what would it be?
  4. What major changes will occur over the next five years that will impact the way you do business and the services we provide?

Read the comments (12 kb PDF) To see the comments for each individual license program, go to that program's section on the web site.

Frequently asked questions about the Basic and Master Court Interpreter designations (HB 4445) now available

Keep your address current with TDLR

Updated rules now available

Replacement License - The change from House Bill 4445 creates two license designations, a basic license and a master license. If you currently hold an active court interpreter license, you will be issued a replacement license with the designation of "Master" on or before August 30, 2011. This license will be issued at no cost to you so that your license reflects the new designation. To update your mailing address email the department at with your name, license number and current address. You may also call us at (512) 463-6599 or toll free in Texas at (800) 803-9202 to update your address.

TDLR is now accepting online payment for administrative penalties.

New examination process


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