Sign Language Interpreter

License Information

Per Wis. Stat. § 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the Sign Language Interpreter credential is 08/31/odd years.  Should you receive your initial credential in the months leading up to this date, you are still required to renew your license by the statutorily defined date.

​Complete training and experience by one of the following methods and submit the Sign Language Interpreter Application, including all required documentation.  

License Method 1 Requirements

  • Associate degree in sign language interpretation or a certificate of completion of an education and training program regarding such interpretation.
    • Plus one of the following:
      • Any valid certification granted by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. or its successor. (Complete Form #2926)
      • A valid certification level 3, 4 or 5 granted by the National Association of the Deaf or its successor. (Complete Form #2932)
      • Any valid certification granted by any other organization that the department determines is substantially equivalent to a certification specified in first preceding bullet point.

License Method 2 Requirements

  • Any valid certification granted by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. or its successor. (Complete Form #2926)
  • Satisfactory evidence of a diagnosis by a physician that the applicant is deaf or hard of hearing.

License Method 3 Requirements

  • Within 24 months after establishing residency in the state, the applicant must provide satisfactory evidence that the applicant holds one of the following certifications.
  • Any valid certification granted by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. or its successor. (Complete Form #2926)
  • A valid certification level 3, 4, or 5 granted by the National Association of the Deaf or its successor. (Complete Form #2932)
  • Any valid certification granted by any other organization that the Department determines is substantially equivalent to a certification specified in two preceding bullet points. 
  • The applicant must also meet both of the following:
    • Applicant obtained the certification prior to establishing residence in this state.
    • Applicant held the certification at the time the applicant established residency in this state.

Application for Licensure

FormDescription
2927

Sign Language Interpreter License Application (required for all methods)
2928Sign Language Interpreter Certificate of Professional Education or Training Program Completion
2926

Request for Verification of Membership And/or Certification of RID (Required for all methods)
3206​

​Request for Verification of Board of Evaluations of Interpreters (BEI) Certification

2252

​Convictions and Pending Charges

3071

​Fax Payment Form

Renewal Information

Requirements

  • FEE (See Renewal Dates and Fee)
  • SIG (Signature regarding validity of credentials required to retain Sign Language Interpreter License)
  • If your legal status as a qualified alien or nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States has changed since the issuance of your credential or your last renewal, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services at (608) 266-2112 or dsps@wisconsin.gov.

Renewal Methods

  • Online Log In: License Renewal Online
  • Request a Paper Renewal Form:  888‑506‑4239 or 608‑261‑4460 for the Madison area
FormDescription
RDAFRenewal Dates and Fees
R210Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension

Wisconsin Act 210 (effective June 1, 2012)

This Act extends the license of a service member if the license expires while they are on active duty from 90 days to 180 days from the date of discharge. The same applies to a spouse of a service member if the spouse does not practice under their license while the service member is on active duty and does not practice because the service member is on active duty.

This Act repeals a provision of prior law that required a service member to meet all of the requirements for license extension or renewal, except for continuing education requirements, in order to have the license extended.

Service members and spouses may request extensions of licenses beyond 180 days from discharge and may request a waiver or extension of time to complete continuing education requirements due to hardship. Please view Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension Form #R210.