Licensed Court Interpreters
- Becoming a Licensed Court Interpreter
- Criminal History
- Orientation Course Requirement & Providers
Texas does not have reciprocity with other states; however, those seeking information on certification by endorsement must submit inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org for information on this process.
To become a Licensed Court Interpreter, you must do the following:
- 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.
- Submit the Application for Licensure and Exam Registration Form. You must apply for licensure and register for the exam via our online licensing and certification system. To apply online, please go to the online certification and licensing system on our home page.
- Submit the application fee. Please see the Fees section of this page for information on amounts due, acceptable forms of payment, etc.
- Pass a criminal history background check by DPS and the FBI. Applicants that apply for certification online will receive the service code form via the automated email confirmation they receive after submitting their application for certification. Staff will email the form to initial applicants who are required to apply by mail after their applications have been received.
- Pass all parts of a Commission-approved examination.
Refer to sections 3.0 and 9.0 of the JBCC Rules for more information on licensure and requirements (including timelines for applications, exam scores, and orientation courses).
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.
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.
All new applicants, and those renewing their certifications are required to obtain one-time electronic Fingerprinting through the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). Fees for these services are paid at the time your fingerprints are taken. The results of the DPS and FBI fingerprint searches will be sent directly to the Commission.
You do not need to have your fingerprints taken again once you have been fingerprinted. Upon receipt of your application and required payment, staff will request a new criminal history report and the results will be sent directly to the Commission.
Refer to section 3.5 of the JBCC Rules for additional details on this requirement.
Under section 3.5 (a) of the JBCC Rules, an initial or renewal application may be denied, and a regulated person may be disciplined, if the person's criminal history or other information indicates that the person lacks the honesty, trustworthiness, or integrity to hold the certification, registration, or license.
Please be aware that we must have an application from you before we can provide the instructions, service code and disclosure language that is required to make your fingerprinting appointment. When you submit your application for certification online, an automated email confirmation will be sent to your primary email address. This automated email will contain the code and instructions you need to get fingerprinted. Please check your inbox (and spam folder) for this correspondence. Do not rely on information or forms that you receive from a source other than the JBCC. Doing so may result in your having to be re-fingerprinted, and thus delays in processing your application.
Your approval to provide court interpreting services will expire two (2) years after the last day of the month of certification and, upon expiration, unless renewed, your name will be removed from the list of certified court interpreters in our online licensing system.
All fees are non-refundable.
Application Fee: $200.00
Acceptable forms of payment: Credit Card or Debit Card
Make payable to: The Office of Court Administration