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.
Online Certification and Licensing System
The Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) has a new online certification and licensing system. The new system allows applicants 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, register for the LCI written 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. Applications for approval of pre-licensure orientation courses cannot be submitted online. The new system became live on September 18, 2017 for all of our certification, registration, and licensing programs. During the transition, there may be a short delay in processing applications.
You must have a user profile to use the online system. Current applicants and those currently licensed must use the activation code, to be 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.
NEW license expiration dates for Licensed Court Interpreters
- Effective January 1, 2018, the license for court interpreters will become a 2-year license instead of the 1-year license you currently hold. When you renew your license after that date, you will notice the fees are different and you will not have to renew again or report continuing education for 2 years. All new licenses issued after that date will likewise be on a 2-year renewal cycle. Continuing education requirements may change. Updated information will be posted as soon as it is available.