Licensed Court Interpreters
In addition to the information contained within the pages for this program, please read the Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) Rules to be sure you have complete information.
On September 1, 2014, Licensed Court Interpreters program transferred to the new Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The Licensed Court Interpreters program tests, licenses, and regulates those individuals who provide interpretations in a court room for individuals who do not speak English.
JBCC Online Certification, Registration & Licensing System (New!)
The Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) has a new online certification and licensing system. The new system allows users to:
- apply and pay for new certifications, registrations, or licenses,
- renew existing certifications, registrations, or licenses,
- update contact information,
- see a list of approved CE courses,
- check the status of applications,
- confirm receipt of applications,
- apply for the exam, and
- search for individuals or entities that are certified, licensed, or registered with the JBCC.
Additionally, licensees and CE course providers can apply for continuing education approval. The new system became live on September 18, 2017 for all of our certification, registration, and licensing programs.
Course Providers and licensees must have a user profile to use the online system, members of the public do not need a user profile. Current applicants and those currently certified and registered must use the activation code, issued to them by the JBCC, in order to create a profile. Activation codes will only be issued to the contact information currently on file. Activation codes will not be issued by phone. New applicants can create a profile without an activation code.
Tips for Using the Online Certification, Registration & Licensing System
- When creating your online account/profile, do not use the First Time Applicant process if you have already applied with us or are already certified, licensed, or registered with us. The First Time Applicant process is only for new applicants.
(Note: those who have already applied with us or are already certified, licensed, or registered with us must use the ‘Existing Certification’ process which requires an activation code. If you have not received your code from us, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your code. For security purposes, codes will not be provided by phone.)
- Please do not apply both online and by mail. Apply online or by mail (i.e., do not submit your renewal online and mail it too).
- If you start the application process online, you cannot complete it by mail (i.e., do not apply for renewal online, then mail/fax/email your CE certificates). Applications must be completed entirely online or entirely by mail.
- If you see incorrect information on your account/profile and you are unable to correct yourself, please send an email to email@example.com to request an update by staff.
- Lists of those certified, licensed, and registered with the JBCC, as well as lists of approved continuing education courses can now be accessed through our online system.
NEW License Expiration Dates for Licensed Court Interpreters
Effective immediately, licenses for court interpreters will become a 2-year license instead of the current 1-year license. Renewal fees will be different. All new licenses issued after that date will likewise be on a 2-year renewal cycle. If your license expired on or 9/1/2017 and you renewed on or after 9/1/2017, the two-year cycle affects you. Those whose licenses were renewed 09/01/17 to present will receive an email from us with any additional information regarding their certifications.
Continuing education requirements may change. Updated information will be posted as soon as it is available. We are in the process of updating our rules as well.
Questions or concerns regarding this matter must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.