Arkansas Interpreting Licensure Law

State License to Interpret in Arkansas

The Arkansas Legislature passed Act 1314 effective 2014 regulating the

“…practice of interpreting be subject to licensure and regulation to protect the public’s interest by providing minimum qualifications for interpreters and to ensure that members of the interpreting profession perform with a high degree of competency”

Interpreters who provide interpreting services for individuals who are Deaf, Deafblind, Hard of Hearing, or Oral deaf in the state of Arkansas are covered under this licensure law. The State can impose penalties for persons or entities that violate the law. Interpretation in K-12 school settings are established by the Arkansas Department of Education.

For a list of recognized credentials see p.11,

For a list of settings for interpreter qualifications, see p. 13,

For a list of Licensed Qualified and Provision Interpreters, see here.

For more information, see the complete Rules Governing the Advisory Board of Interpreters Between Hearing Individuals and Individuals who are Deaf, Deafblind, Hard of Hearing or Oral Deaf and Rules Governing the Licensure of Qualified Interpreters, (2020, Dec 11).

For information on the Advisory Board for Interpreters for the Deaf, see

Arkansas Department of Health

Ark. Code Ann. § 20-14-804 creates the Advisory Board for Interpreters between Hearing Individuals and Individuals who are Deaf, Deafblind, Hard of Hearing, or Oral Deaf, which consists of seven (7) members appointed by the Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health.