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State Certified Translator

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Not all translators are made alike. Even professional translators with years of experience may not have what it takes to be licensed by the state to translate or interpret official documents and testimony to be used in court.

Each state has its own rules and regulations for what it takes to become an official state certified translator, ranging from simply filling out a form to displaying competence, years of experience, and rigorous testing. If you have legal translation needs, it's important you know where and how to find a state certified translator, and what it takes to become one.

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Credentials for State Certified Translators

Regulations on state certified translation differs from state to state. Take for example the requirements of neighboring states New York and New Jersery:

New York New Jersey

Coordination/Supervision of Interpreters: Centralized State Program

Minimum Certification Requirements:

  • Minimum Certification Requirements: Written Language Assessment
  • Oral Assessment (22 languages)
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Ethics and Professionalism Seminar

Coordination/Supervision of Interpreters: Credentialed or Certified at State Level/Scheduled at Local Level

Minimum Certification Requirements:

  • In languages for which an NCSC exam exists, candidates must 1) take the written exam and pass (80%) or reach the conditionally approved level (70%-79%), 2) attend an orientation seminar, 3) take the NCSC oral performance exam and pass (70%) or reach the conditionally approved level (50-69%) on all three parts.
  • In languages for which no NCSC exam exists, candidates must 1) take the written exam and pass or reach the conditionally approved level, 2) attend an orientation seminar, 3) take a Spoken English Test and Oral Proficiency Interview in their other languages(s) and pass or reach the conditionally approved level on both exams.
  • Candidates credentialed in other states or with the federal certification are eligible for reciprocity.

If you are in need of a state certified translator or interpreter, Translation Services USA can help. With over 15 years of experience, we've worked with literally thousands of translators from across the country and around the world. We can use our vast network of translators and other resources at our disposal to help find you the right translator for the job.

Contact us today for more information on how our state certified translators can get to work for you!

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