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Interpreter Directory & Services

This directory is provided by the Idaho State Council for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing as a public service. The Council claims no responsibility for the services rendered by individuals listed within. Although used with permission, the information has been provided by the individuals themselves and has not been independently checked or verified. The Council’s intent is to provide the public with an up-to-date listing of sign language/oral interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing in Idaho. Licensed interpreters are not required for private interpreting such as in churches, retail settings or individual conversations pursuant to Idaho Code Statute Title 54 Chapter 29 . To ensure an interpreter is licensed, please contact the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses.

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Effective July 1, 2018 changes were made to the “Speech and Hearing Services Practice Act” (IC § 54-2901 – IC § 54-2927) that could impact what you do when using a signed language interpreter in the State of Idaho.

This Act does not mandate the use of a signed language interpreter but when a signed language interpreter is used for communication, that interpreter is required to hold a valid license through the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses (IBOL).

What is this about?

  • Effective July 1, 2018 signed language interpreters are required to have a valid license from the Idaho Bureau of Occupations Licenses (IBOL) to interpret in the State of Idaho, with few exceptions. This Act does not mandate the use of a signed language interpreter

Where does this requirement come from?

  • This requirement is from IC § 54-2904(5)

Can I ask if the interpreter is licensed?

  • Yes, you can ask if the interpreter is licensed.

Can I ask the interpreter to show me their license?

  • Yes, the interpreter must have their license on them while working.

Can I bring my own interpreter? (Family member, friend, child)

  • No, interpreters must be licensed unless an exemption applies.

When are interpreters exempt from needing a license in the State of Idaho?

  • ITP Students work under the supervision of licensed interpreters
  • Deaf Interpreter (Must be registered)
  • Certified Out-of-state Interpreters (Must be registered & not to exceed 30 days)
  • Religious setting such as a church, synagogue, or other worship setting
  • Private, non-commercial, family event
  • Inconsequential situation: level of significance is such as that a licensed interpreter would not be deemed necessary for effective communication
  • Temporarily in exigent/ emergency circumstance
  • Courts and court services (abide by ICAR Rule 52)

Contact Information

If you have any more questions regarding the Idaho code, please contact:

Sierra McIver

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Physical Address:

1720 Westgate Drive, Suite A-2

Boise, ID 83704

Office: 208.334.0877

Cell: 208.401.5625

VP: 208.473.2059

Fax: 208.334.0952

Email: Sierra.mciver@cdhh.idaho.gov

Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses

Phone: 208.334.3233

Fax: 208.334.3945

Email: ibol@ibol.idaho.gov

Physical Address:

700 West State Street

Boise, ID 83702

Mailing Address:

PO Box 83720

Boise, ID 83720

Effective July 1, 2018 changes were made to the “Speech and Hearing Services Practice Act” (IC § 54-2901 – IC § 54-2927) that could impact what you do when using a signed language interpreter in the State of Idaho.

This Act does not mandate the use of a signed language interpreter but when a signed language interpreter is used for communication, that interpreter is required to hold a valid license through the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses (IBOL).

What is this about?

  • Effective July 1, 2018 signed language interpreters are required to have a valid license from the Idaho Bureau of Occupations Licenses (IBOL) to interpret in the State of Idaho, with few exceptions. This Act does not mandate the use of a signed language interpreter

Where does this requirement come from?

  • This requirement is from IC § 54-2904(5)

How do I know if I have to hire a licensed interpreter?

  • An interpreter must always have a license from IBOL, unless an exemption applies.

Do I always have to hire a signed language interpreter?

  • No. Hiring a signed language interpreter depends upon individual preferences, accommodation requests, and organization policy. Please review your organizations policy regarding communication access.

When are Signed Language Interpreters exempt from licensure?

  • Interpreting for students in K-12 and are authorized under the Idaho Educational Interpreter Act (IC § 33-1301 – IC § 33-1304)
  • Court (must abide by ICAR Rule 52)
  • Inconsequential situations (ordering food at a restaurant)
  • Private events (weddings, funerals, etc.)
  • Religious settings

How can I find out if an interpreter is licensed?

  • You can ask the interpreter to show their license, it is required for them to have their license on them while working as an interpreter. You can also visit the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses website – license search
  • 3 types of licenses:
    • SIGNP – Sign Language Interpreter Provisional
    • SIGNT – Sign Language Interpreter Out of State
    • SIGN – Sign Language Interpreter License
  • Deaf Interpreters are language specialists and are required to register with the State of Idaho – there is no license search for these specialists.

Can we just change the job title of that interpreter to something else?

  • No. The statute CLEARLY defines what constitutes someone who is interpreting regardless of the job title. If that person is functioning as an interpreter, they need to be licensed.

We have an employee who can sign, do they need to be licensed?

  • No. If the individual can sign, that is considered direct communication, NOT the act of interpreting.

What about emergency situations? Must I find a licensed interpreter before proceeding?

  • No. IC § 54-2905(h) states that in “exigent emergency circumstances,” you may use “temporary interpreting services until a qualified interpreter can be obtained.”

When I need a signed language interpreter, where can I find one?

  • The Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has an interpreter directory that provides information to directly contact interpreters for services.
  • The Idaho Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf also has an interpreter directory you can find interpreters and contact them directly.
  • Depending on your area and availability of local interpreters, you may contact the Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for additional contacts.

If the person who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing brings a friend, family member, or child with them to interpret, can they serve as a client-appointed interpreter?

  • No. If the client-appointed interpreter goes forth with interpreting, they could potentially edit the client’s message, add their own opinions, answer for the individual, or impede the development of the client relationship. A minor child cannot be used except in an emergency involving imminent threat to the safety or welfare of an individual or the public.

Contact Information

If you have any more questions regarding the Idaho code, please contact:

Sierra McIver

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Physical Address:

1720 Westgate Drive, Suite A-2

Boise, ID 83704

Office: 208.334.0877

Cell: 208.401.5625

VP: 208.473.2059

Fax: 208.334.0952

Email: Sierra.mciver@cdhh.idaho.gov

Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses

Phone: 208.334.3233

Fax: 208.334.3945

Email: ibol@ibol.idaho.gov

Physical Address:

700 West State Street

Boise, ID 83702

Mailing Address:

PO Box 83720

Boise, ID 83720

Effective July 1, 2018 changes were made to the “Speech and Hearing Services Practice Act” (IC § 54-2901 – IC § 54-2927) that could impact what you do when using a signed language interpreter in the State of Idaho.

This Act does not mandate the use of a signed language interpreter but when a signed language interpreter is used for communication, that interpreter is required to hold a valid license through the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses (IBOL).

What is this about?

  • Effective July 1, 2018 signed language interpreters are required to have a valid license from the Idaho Bureau of Occupations Licenses (IBOL) to interpret in the State of Idaho, with few exceptions. This Act does not mandate the use of a signed language interpreter

Where does this requirement come from?

  • This requirement is from IC § 54-2904(5)

What are the requirements for obtaining a license?

  • Application submitted
  • 18 years of age
  • Pass a competency examination or achieved certification as defined by board rule
    • Both written and performance tests
  • Obtained High School diploma or equivalent
  • No felonies
  • License fee paid

What credentials do I need to get a license from the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses to interpret in Idaho?

Certifications accepted – must be current and valid

  • RID
  • CASLI
  • NAD
  • BEI: Basic or intermediate (pre-2014)
  • Utah: Professional or Master level

Accepted Exams: Require BOTH Written and performance – Can mix-and-match

  • Written
    • NIC, CDI, EIPA, or any state-issued interpreting generalist written exam
  •  Performance
    • EIPA 4.0+ or RID recognized exam, passed within past 20 years

I’m certified, which means I’m licensed, right?

  • No, you are required to apply for a license in addition to your certification to interpret in the state of Idaho.

How do I apply for a license?

What proof of documentation is needed for credentials?

  • If submitting a certification recognized by RID, a copy of your current RID membership card is acceptable
  • If submitting certifications or passed exam results, these results need to be sent directly from the issuing body.

What is the cost of a license?

  • Original License
    • Application fee                       $30.00
    • License fee                             $70.00
  • Provisional License
    • Application fee                       $30.00
    • Provisional Permit fee             $100.00
  • Out of State (Endorsement) License
    • Application fee                       $30.00
    • License fee                             $70.00
  • Deaf Interpreter Registration
    • No charge
  • Out of State Registration (work up to 30 days)
    • Registration fee                      $10.00

Am I required to obtain Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for my license?

  • Yes, interpreters are required to obtain 10 hours every year

When does my license expire?

  • The license will expire on your birthday, with the exemption of the first year obtaining the license. Check Idaho Bureau of Occupational License website under license search to confirm when you need to renew your license

When are interpreters exempt from needing a license in the State of Idaho?

  • ITP Students work under the supervision of licensed interpreters
  • Deaf Interpreter (Must be registered)
  • Certified Out-of-state Interpreters (Must be registered & not to exceed 30 days)
  • Religious setting such as a church, synagogue, or other worship setting
  • Private, non-commercial, family event
  • Inconsequential situation: level of significance is such as that a licensed interpreter would not be deemed necessary for effective communication
  • Temporarily in exigent/ emergency circumstance
  • Courts and court services (abide by ICAR Rule 52)

Can my job title be changed, and I won’t need a license?

  • No. The statute CLEARLY defines what constitutes someone who is interpreting regardless of the job title. If someone is functioning as an interpreter, they need to be licensed, exemptions apply.

Provisional Permit

I recently received my provisional license and there is a quarterly report due. Do I need to submit a quarterly report?

  • If your license was granted during any time of the quarter the report is due for, yes. It does not matter if you were actively interpreting or not, a report is due if your license was active during the quarter.

Where do I find the quarterly reports? How do I submit them?

What settings can a provisional interpreter interpret?

  • The settings allowed for an interpreter who is provisionally licensed depends entirely on the supervisor and provisional license holder’s agreement

How do I transition from a provisional license to an original license?

  • You need to submit an original license application with appropriate documentation and full license fee
  • When your original license is received, you need to submit your last quarterly report and CLEARLY state this will be the last quarterly report done up to the date you received your original license.

Out of State License

If certified or licensed in another state, may work in Idaho up to 30 days/year

Must register BEFORE working: $10/year

Must report time worked within 5 days

May apply for Idaho license to work without restriction

What is the difference between an endorsement license and out of state registration?

  • Applying for an endorsement license is the method for those who have a current license in another state with requirements substantially similar to Idaho’s. Those seeking licensure in Idaho for the first time and do not hold or have not ever held a license in another state should fill out the original license application.
  • Out of state registration allows work in Idaho up to 30 days per year

Educational Interpreters

Educational interpreters must meet requirements mandated by the Idaho Educational Interpreter Act (IC § 33-1301 – IC § 33-1304). If requirements by EIA are met, working in K-12 setting is waived from licensure requirement

  • Interpreting for public K-12 STUDENTS only
  • Preschool or Adults: License is required

Working outside K-12 public school setting requires a general license or exemption

If interpreter does not meet the Idaho Educational Interpreter Act requirements, it is unlicensed practice

Do educational interpreters need to pass a written knowledge test?

  • The Idaho Educational Interpreter Act (IC § 33-1301 – IC § 33-1304) does not require a written test comment. Therefore, interpreters in settings K-12 are not required to have passed a written knowledge exam. However, as stated above, if interpreting for preschool or adults, a license is required.

Can educational interpreters, who meet qualifications for the Educational Interpreter Act, but are not licensed, interpret for adults who are Deaf or hard of hearing in a public school, K-12 setting? (IEP meetings, assemblies, parent-teacher conferences, etc.)

  • No. The Idaho Educational Interpreter Act clearly defines an educational interpreter as “a person employed in the Idaho public schools, kindergarten through grade twelve (12), to provide interpreting services to students who are deaf, hard of hearing or DeafBlind.”

Can an educational interpreter interpret for school sponsored “after-school” and extracurricular activities?

  • Yes. If the interpretation is ONLY for students.

Can School Districts just change the job title of an educational interpreter to avoid following the Idaho Educational Interpreter Act?

  • No. The statute CLEARLY defines what constitutes someone who is interpreting regardless of the job title they hold. If the employee functions as an interpreter, they need to meet the requirements in the Idaho Educational Interpreter Act.

Who can interpret for a student in preschool?

  • Preschool is not a setting covered by the Idaho Educational Interpreter Act. Therefore, the interpreter must be licensed by the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses

Can someone with a provisional permit from IBOL interpret for adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in a K-12 setting? (IEP meetings, assemblies, parent-teacher conferences, etc.)

  • Each provisional permit holder will have a plan with their supervisor specifying what settings and situations the provisional permit holder can interpret in. If there are no restrictions interpreting in these settings, then that is acceptable.
  • Please remember that an IEP meeting is a procedure to complete legally binding document and falls under a legal setting.

Additional Resources

Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses

Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses FAQ

Contact Information

If you have any more questions regarding the Idaho code, please contact:

Sierra McIver

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Physical Address:

1720 Westgate Drive, Suite A-2

Boise, ID 83704

Office: 208.334.0877

Cell: 208.401.5625

VP: 208.473.2059

Fax: 208.334.0952

Email: Sierra.mciver@cdhh.idaho.gov

Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses

Phone: 208.334.3233

Fax: 208.334.3945

Email: ibol@ibol.idaho.gov

Physical Address:

700 West State Street

Boise, ID 83702

Mailing Address:

PO Box 83720

Boise, ID 83720

7-1-1

To use relay services in Idaho, simply dial 7-1-1. Or call one of the toll free numbers below:

Idaho Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS)

TTY/ASCII 1.800.377.3529
Voice: 1.800.377.1363
Speech-to-Speech: 1.888.791.3004
Spanish-to-Spanish: 1.866.252.0684
If you have suggestions, comments, or concerns, please contact: Hamilton Relay

Hamilton Relay provides traditional relay services for the state of Idaho including TTY, Voice Carry Over (VCO), Hearing Carry Over (HCO), Speech-to-Speech, Spanish-to-Spanish, and CapTel.

When you connect with Idaho Relay, a Communication Assistant (CA) will connect on the phone with you. Simply give the CA the number you wish to call and your call will be processed promptly, professionally and accurately.

CapTel

Idaho offers CapTel through the Idaho Relay Service.  CapTel is a new technology developed by Ultratec, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin that allows individuals with hearing loss to view word-for-word captions of their telephone conversations.  This service is perfect for individuals who have good speech but do not hear well over the phone.

Internet Relay

Internet Relay (or IP Relay) gives those who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech disabled the ability to place a relay call directly from a web browser.  Consumers can use any service provider they choose.  Below is a list of Internet Relay providers in alphabetical order:

Video Relay Service (VRS)

VRS uses communication assistants who are skilled interpreters to relay calls in sign language, rather than communication assistants to relay calls in text. Consumers can use any service provider they choose.  Below is a list of VRS providers in alphabetical order:

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) is a service utilizing video cameras to provide sign language interpreting services without an interpreter present. A typical VRI setup involves a deaf and hearing user at one location with a camera and television screen, and an interpreter at another location, typically a call center, who also has a camera and television screen. Both cameras offer video and audio connectivity, and the interpreter facilitates communication between the deaf and hearing users who are located together. The hearing person can be heard by the remote interpreter, who interprets into sign language that the deaf person can see on the television monitor. In turn, the deaf person signs to the camera and the interpreter can see what is being said, and then voices it for the hearing person to hear.

The terms Video Remote Interpreting and Video Relay Service should not be confused. The latter was originally called Video Relay Interpreting, but the name was changed and now the terms refer to two separate and distinct services.

Video Remote Interpreting Service Directory

Sort or search the table below for an interpreter.
Other sources of interpreters/interpreting in Idaho:

Network Interpreting Service LLC

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses (License Type: SIGN, SIGNP, SIGNT)

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