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Attention. This is an opportunity to provide feedback on regulation in the State of Arizona.

Please click below to participate in the survey. Click here for flyer format.



Dear Licensed American Sign Language Interpreters,

 “Regulation Rollback” is a strategic step in our state’s ongoing work to make Arizona the best state in the nation for businesses and consumers alike.

We’ve made great progress in growing our economy and streamlining state government over the past two years. We still have a lot of work to do to make sure outdated regulations aren’t slowing us down.

No longer will regulations remain in place “just because they’re on the books and nobody’s bothered to change them.”

“Regulation Rollback” is offering a new online service to crowd source recommendations on how to update Arizona’s regulatory system.

At Redtape.AZ.gov, associations, organizations, and individuals across the state can recommend ways to improve or eliminate outdated regulations.

We need your help. You are the experts. Visit this portal for your opportunity to provide specific input to the Governor’s office on an outdated rule or regulation that stifles Arizona’s consumers and job creators.

Submit your suggestions here: www.redtape.az.gov  

We thank you for your help in highlighting ways to improve state government and to better serve Arizonans.

2nd UPDATE on Notice of Proposed Rule Making (6/17/16) (6/30/16 on location upddates)

Hello Interpreters and Stakeholders, 

The rules have been filed with the Secretary of State’s office as of yesterday June 16, 2016. The new rules will become effective 60 days from the date of filing. The effective date is August 15, 2016. 

In order to familiarize everyone with the changes, we will be hosting presentations in three locations during the month of July. More details will follow, but for now, save the date! After locations has been secured, we will send out another e-mail announcing the locations.

After the 3 presentations, for those who cannot attend, an updated FAQ will be available on the ACDHH website. We will notify you again when that information is available.

Presentation Dates: 

July 19, 2016 – 6:00-9:00pm - Flagstaff

Coconino Community College (CCC) -Room 537

2800 S Lone Tree Rd

Flagstaff, AZ 86005

July 21, 2016 – 6:00-9:00pm - Phoenix

Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH)

100 N 15th Ave – Room 300 (3rd floor)

Phoenix, AZ 85007

July 26, 2016 – 6:00-9:00pm – Tucson

Pima Community College - West Campus Lecture Room, F-204

2202 West Anklam Road

Tucson, AZ 85709

We have received many questions about the acceptance of BEI certifications.  We will answer questions related to test system during the meetings. Feel free to familiarize yourself with the testing requirements categories of certification and locations below.

BEI Test locations


Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI)

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

4900 N. Lamar, Suite 2169 Austin, Texas 78751

PO Box 12904, Austin, Texas 78711

512-407-3250 Voice * 512-407-3251 TTY



Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission

528 South Fifth Street, Suite 209

Springfield, Illinois 62701

Voice: 877-455-3323 or 217-557-4495

Video Phone: 217-303-8010

TTY: 888-261-2698

Fax: 217-557-4492

Interpreter Licensure & Testing Questions: [email protected] 



Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR)

Lansing Executive Office

Capitol Tower Building

110 W. Michigan Ave., Suite 800

Lansing, MI 48933

Phone: 517-335-3165

Fax: 517-241-0546

TTY: 517-241-1965

Email: [email protected] 

http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr/0,1607,7-138-7135-17286--,00.html (contact info)

http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr/0,4613,7-138-28545_73292---,00.html (BEI info)


Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH)

1500 Southridge Drive, Suite 201 Jefferson City, MO  65109

1-855-783-3177 (TOLL FREE)

(573) 526-5205 (V/TTY)

(573) 526-5209 (FAX)


http://mcdhh.mo.gov/contact-us/ (contact info)


Thank you.

Licensing Department

Vicki Bond and Emmett Hassen


UPDATE on Notice of Proposed Rule Making (6/7/16)

Hello Interpreters! 

We have wonderful news: at the hearing held today, GRRC voted to approve the proposed changes to the Licensure Rules! We will be filing the rules with the Secretary of State’s office within the next week, and the new rules will become effective 60 days from the date of filing. We estimate the effective date to be August 15, 2016.

In order to familiarize everyone with the changes, we will be hosting presentations in three locations during the month of July. More details will follow, but for now, save the date!  After the presentations, an update FAQ will be available on the ACDHH website. Should you have specific questions, feel free to contact us in the meantime.

Thank you, again, for your support and participation throughout this process! We look forward to seeing the positive changes to come as a result of this effort!

Presentation Dates:

July 19, 2016 – 6:00-9:00pm - Flagstaff, AZ (location TBD)

July 21, 2016 – 6:00-9:00pm - ACDHH 100 N 15th Ave (room TBD), Phoenix, AZ 85007

July 26, 2016 – 6:00-9:00pm - Tucson, AZ (location TBD)


UPDATE on Notice of Proposed Rule Making (4/18/16)

Hello Stakeholders!

As you know, ACDHH has been working diligently over the last several months to revise the Arizona Interpreter Licensure Rules.

At a Special Board Meeting held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, the ACDHH Board voted to approve the proposed draft and submit it to the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council (GRRC) for review and final approval. The draft was submitted to GRRC on Monday, April 18, 2016 and the tentative review date is June 7, 2016.

To view the full draft as submitted to GRRC, please click here.  You may also choose to review the PowerPoint that was presented to the Board on April 12th by clicking here.  Note that this PowerPoint is not intended to delineate every change proposed in the draft; it is only an overview of some of the significant changes.

If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Bond, the Interpreter Outreach and Development Coordinator, at [email protected].



ACDHH Licensure Videos:

The licensure process can be confusing. We are pleased to release these licensure videos that are accessible in all formats. As always please contact us if you have additional questions or concerns!

Legal Interpreter License

General Interpreter License

Provisional Interpreter License

Complaint Process

Code of Professional Conduct



RID certification moratorium explained here

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. – RID announced a moratorium on all certification performance exams. The SC:L, NIC and CDI exams as well the ED-K12 will be suspended starting 1/1/2016. Current Certified Interpreters will not be impacted.

Please click here to play ACDHH's video. (ACDHH and AZRID joint announcement)

Click here to play RID's announcement. (RID announcement by President)

Click here to play NAD's announcement. (NAD announcement by President)

RID Credentialing Moratorium FAQ (Link to FAQ on RID's website)

ACDHH RID Moratorium Announcement Video

Click here for the ACDHH Licensure Policy and Procedures

Interpreter License Rules Feedback Session

Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) has been given permission by the Governor’s office to revise the Interpreter license rules.

The draft of the proposed interpreter licensure rules change can be found on ACDHH’s front page and licensure page.

We want your input. 

ACDHH will be conducting informal Interpreter licensure rules feedback sessions in three cities. ACDHH staff will provide a presentation on the proposed rules changes and you will have an opportunity to ask questions or provide feedback/ideas. We will consider your feedback and possibly make additional changes to the rules. These informal sessions will assist us in preparing a draft document for board approval prior to the formal rules process. 

Sessions held in 3 cities: 

Tuesday September 15, 2015

6:00 pm

Coconino Community College

Room 537

2800 S. Lone Tree Rd.

Flagstaff, AZ 86005


Wednesday October 14, 2015

6:00 pm

Viscount Hotel

4855 E Broadway Blvd

Tucson, AZ, 85711


Thursday October 22, 2015

6:00 pm

Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

Board/MPR Room

100 N. 15th Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Draft copy of proposed rules change (PDF)

Notice of Proposed Rule (NPR) docket opening on Secretary of State website


***New*** Attend the last 4th session:

 Deaf Consumers Only

Sunday November 15, 2015

At 1:00 p.m. (following after AZAD’s General meeting)

Location: Ability 360 (formerly Disability Empowerment Center)

5025 E. Washington St.

Phoenix, AZ 85034



Arizona Interpreter Needs Assessment Survey