The law that established licensure --A.R.S. 36-1946 -- was passed by the Arizona State Legislature in 2000. It is designed to create a statewide standard for Sign Language Interpreters. This not only helps the state's Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens, but also provides interpreters with helpful guidelines.  The Governor’s Regulatory Review Council approved changes to the Licensure Rules on June 7, 2016, which are effective as of August 15, 2016. An official copy of licensure rules can be found here. (Go to page 5, "Article 5. Interpreter Licensure and Regulation")

See an up-to-date list of current Licensed Interpreters

Licensing Department staff are available to answer questions about your journey to becoming a Licensed Arizona Interpreter. You may contact Emmett Hassen, Licensing and Certification Coordinator via email at [email protected] or Victoria Vaughn, Interpreter Assessment Coordinator at [email protected]

SPECIAL NOTE for Legal and Provisional License holders

ACDHH received approval for the emergency rulemaking process to address the impact of COVID 19 for licensees in the Legal A category subject to R9-26-501 defining a Class A Legal Interpreter and the effective date of January 1, 2021, and Provisional licensees in their final year of renewal under R9-26-509. Licensees who held a valid license in either category on December 30, 2020, shall continue to practice in that category, under this Emergency Rule process. The 180 day emergency rulemaking process was effective as of March 31, 2021.

The Commission has also been approved to engage in the rulemaking process, known as Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR). Once the NPR package is approved there will be opportunities for professionals and consumers to engage in the 30-day written comments process and an oral comments session to address any proposed changes for these two categories of rules. You will be notified when the dates for the sessions have been determined. 

Please feel free to contact licensing staff, Emmett Hassen ([email protected]), or Victoria Vaughn ([email protected]) with any questions or concerns regarding your individual license.