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 court.interpreters@tdlr.texas.gov

Licensed Court Interpreters

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JUSTIFICATION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RULE ADOPTION - Licensed Court Interpreters
16 TAC Chapter 80, repeal of §§80.1, 80.10, 80.20, 80.22, 80.23, 80.25, 80.70, 80.80, 80.90, and 80.100

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) adopts the repeal of existing rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 80, §§80.1, 80.10, 80.20, 80.22, 80.23, 80.25, 80.70, 80.80, 80.90, and 80.100, regarding the Licensed Court Interpreters program, without changes to the proposal as published in the May 30, 2014, issue of the Texas Register (39 TexReg 4077). The repeals will not be republished.

The repeal is necessary as a result of Senate Bill 966, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session (2013), which transferred regulatory authority over the Licensed Court Interpreters (LCI) program from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) to the Judicial Branch Certification Commission effective September 1, 2014.

The Department drafted and distributed the proposed repeal to persons internal and external to the agency. The proposed repeal was published in the May 30, 2014, issue of the Texas Register (39 TexReg 4077). The deadline for public comments was June 30, 2014. The Department received one public comment regarding the proposed repeal during the 30-day public comment period.

Public Comment--The commenter inquired about additional requirements needed for licensees once the program transferred.

Department Response: The comment was forwarded to the Director of Education and Examination for response.

The repeal is adopted under SB 966, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session (2013), which repealed Government Code, Chapter 57, Subchapter C, which authorized the Department to regulate the LCI program; and Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 51, which authorize the Commission, the Department’s governing body, to adopt rules as necessary to implement this chapter and any other law establishing a program regulated by the Department.

The statutory provisions affected by the adoption are those set forth in Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 51, and Government Code, Chapter 57. No other statutes, articles, or codes are affected by the adoption.

§80.1. Authority.
§80.10. Definitions.
§80.20. Licensing Requirements--General.
§80.22. License Requirements--Examination.
§80.23. Licensing Requirements--Renewal.
§80.25. Continuing Education.
§80.70. Responsibilities of License – General.
§80.80. Fees.
§80.90. Sanctions--Administrative Sanctions/Penalties.
§80.100. Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

This agency hereby certifies that the adoption has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be a valid exercise of the agency’s legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State, on July 14, 2014.

William H. Kuntz, Jr.
Executive Director
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation


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.

Licensed Court Interpreters - New Fingerprinting Requirements On September 1, 2014, New Electronic Fingerprinting Requirements will take effect when the Licensed Court Interpreters (LCI) program transfers from TDLR to the new Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) within the Office of Court Administration (OCA). All new LCI applicants, and those court interpreter licensees renewing under the JBCC, will be required to obtain one-time electronic fingerprinting through the Texas Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Applicant Services of Texas (FAST) Program, starting on September 1, 2014.

The one-time cost for this fingerprinting service is a $41.45 fee for the State and National Criminal History Record Information.

View instructions for submitting fingerprints to FAST, and the Licensed Court Interpreter fingerprint application for In-State and Out-of-State applicants.

The OCA will continue to post updates to guide you through the transition to the JBCC effective September 1, 2014.  For additional information on the JBCC, please visit http://www.courts.state.tx.us/jbcc.asp.


The Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) was established by the Texas Legislature, 83rd Regular Session, in Senate Bill 966. The JBCC will handle certification, registration, and licensing of licensed court interpreters (along with court reporters and court reporting firms, professional guardians, and process servers) and will begin operations on September 1, 2014. On that date, the Licensed Court Interpreter program at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) will be transferred to the JBCC and the Office of Court Administration (OCA).

Proposed rules for the JBCC were sent to the Supreme Court of Texas for review and approval. On May 13, 2014, the Supreme Court issued Misc. Docket No. 14-9100, Order Approving Rules and Fees of the JBCC, effective September 1, 2014. The proposed rules will be published in the June issue of the Texas Bar Journal for public comment, which will end on August 1, 2014. The rules may be changed in response to comments received by that date. Interested parties may submit written comments to Rules Attorney Martha Newton at rulescomments@txcourts.gov.

View the order and rules

JBCC web page


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 JBCC please visit the JBCC web page.

 

 

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