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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Military Service Members, Veterans, and Spouses - For more information about applying as a military spouse please go to the Military Spouse FAQs page.
Proposed Repeal of Rules - The deadline for public comment is June 30, 2014.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Keep your address current with TDLR
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 CS.Court.Interpreters@tdlr.texas.gov 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.