Certification & Licensure
- The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) credentials Signed Language interpreters on a national level.
- In order to be fully licensed in the state of New Mexico, it is required that interpreters obtain a nationally recognized certification.
- Several versions of national level testing have been implemented through RID. Previously offered RID certifications are still fully recognized as valid measurements of an interpreter’s skills.
- In order to maintain certification, interpreters are required to participate in professional development activities which are tracked by RID.
- To ensure that you are hiring a qualified interpreter, hiring entities and consumers of interpreting services may ask an interpreter to show a valid RID membership card stating their current certification, along with proof of state licensure.
- Interpreting licensure laws vary from state to state.
- The state of New Mexico requires all interpreters to be licensed.
- Licensure helps to protect consumers of interpreting services.
- Practicing interpreting without a license is a misdemeanor and individuals practicing without a license can be jailed or fined up to $1000.
- Specialized settings can require specialized skills. It is the responsibility of the interpreter to only accept work within his or her qualifications and skillsets.
- The Signed Language Interpreting Board maintains a searchable database of licensed interpreters.
- Non-resident interpreters working in New Mexico must register with the Regulation and Licensing Department.
- Students in an Interpreter Training Program practicum are exempt from holding a license but must register with the Regulation and Licensing Department.
Types of Licensure
- Community License
- Initial application cost: $65
- Given to interpreters who hold RID generalist certificates.
- Educational License
- Initial application cost: $65
- Given to interpreters who have Ed: K-12 certification from RID.
- Interpreters can qualify for this license by meeting the criteria for the Ed: K-12 credential.
- Interpreters work in the K-12 setting and can only work in post-secondary settings if the consumer is enrolled in a secondary program and the course is not for college credit.
- Provisional License
- Initial application cost: $40
- Given to interpreters who have graduated from an interpreting training program, passed the RID written test, but have not yet achieved RID: Certification.
- Interpreters may hold an educational and provisional license simultaneously.
- Interpreters applying for a provisional license more than one year after ITP graduation must submit a résumé and one professional letter of reference from an employer, internship supervisor, mentorship director, graduate school, or other applicable source documenting continued involvement in interpreting or the Deaf community.
- Interpreters holding a community or educational interpreting license must renew every two years.
- Renewal Fee: $50
- Interpreters holding a provisional interpreting license must renew annually.
- Renewal Fee: $25
- Late renewals are charged a $20 late fee.
- Interpreters must keep contact information up-to-date with the Signed Language Interpreting Practice Board, so that they can receive notifications about renewal.
- It is the interpreter’s responsibility to be aware of when his or her license expires and renew it.
- For more information on licensure, or to renew your license online, please see the Signed Language Interpreting Practice Board website.
- For more information on obtaining or renewing a business license, please see the City Applications website.
Courts in New Mexico:
- NM Court Interpreters must meet higher standards of interpreting
- Three categories dictate settings where interpreters can work:
- Certified: Legal Specialist: These interpreters have achieved the SC: L or CDI credentials from RID
- Certified: Legally Qualified : These interpreters have passed the SC: L written test, or, for Deaf interpreters, have sufficient legal training
- Certified: Legal Apprentice : There interpreters have experience interpreting in other settings, but have just begun working in legal settings and cannot interpret at trials or with juries