Licensed Court Interpreters

Initial Licensure 

Becoming a Licensed Court Interpreter

Texas does not have reciprocity with other states; however, those seeking information on certification by endorsement must submit inquiries to for information on this process.

To become a Licensed Court Interpreter, you must do the following:

  1. Complete the Exam Orientation Course. Applicants must successfully complete a 6 hour Commission Approved Orientation course before they are eligible to take the written and oral examinations. The certificate of completion must be submitted with the Application for Licensure. 
  2. Submit the Application for Licensure and Exam Registration Form located on the Forms page of our website, along with a copy of your fingerprinting receipt (after you've been fingerprinted). If you are notified by JBCC staff that fingerprinting is required, you must submit a copy of your fingerprinting receipt once your fingerprinting is complete.
    The JBCC is not automatically notified that your criminal history report information is available; we rely on the fingerprinting receipt provided by you to alert us to retrieve your report. Your application cannot be processed until the form is received.
  3. Submit the application fee. Please see the Fees section of this page for information on amounts due, acceptable forms of payment, etc.
  4. Pass a criminal history background check by DPS and the FBI.
  5. Pass all parts of a Commission-approved examination.


Court Interpreter Fundamentals Tutorial

This tutorial is intended only as an introduction to the court interpreting profession for those interested in becoming licensed interpreters.  It DOES NOT replace the required orientation course discussed above.  Click on the video link below to view it.

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Orientation Course Requirement & Courses

List of Approved Orientation Courses

The 6 hour orientation course provides the basic knowledge, skills and abilities on all three major types of court interpreting; Sight, Consecutive and Simultaneous, to become a licensed court interpreter. The goal is for the candidate to achieve a high level of mastery of two languages, and specific performance skills in the modes of interpreting. Candidates should perform each type of interpreting skillfully enough to include everything that is said, preserve the tone and level of language of the speaker, neither changing nor adding anything to what is said.

The course is designed to help candidates deliver services in a manner faithful to all professional responsibilities and ethics, and court policies regarding court interpreting promulgated by the judiciary. The course should provide information and discussion about what the profession requires to help students decide whether and how to proceed with the pursuit of a license as a court interpreter.

Criminal History

On September 1, 2014, new electronic fingerprinting requirements took effect when the Licensed Court Interpreters (LCI) program transferred from TDLR to the Commission. All new LCI applicants, and those court interpreter licensees renewing under the JBCC, are required to obtain one-time electronic fingerprinting through the Texas Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Program, starting on September 1, 2014.

The Department of Public Safety has switched from ORI numbers to Service Codes to use when scheduling a fingerprinting appointment for the required background check. You will continue to schedule your appointment with DPS' contracted vendor online or by phone, but will use the new Service Code number. You must still provide the Commission with your receipt showing the date of your appointment, the Service Code number and the name of the program for which you were fingerprinted. The receipt is submitted along with your application.

New forms are posted in the Forms section. FAST Passes and appointments made using an ORI number will not be accepted after March 31, 2016.

You must be fingerprinted so that the criminal history searches are conducted no more than 90 days before you submit your application as required in section 3.1 (c) of the JBCC Rules.

Refer to section 3.0 of the JBCC Rules for additional details on this requirement.


All fees are non-refundable.

Application Fee: $75.00

Acceptable forms of payment: Check, Money Order, or Cashier's Check

Make payable to: The Office of Court Administration

Updated: 10/19/2016