Sign Language Interpreter (Restricted)

License Information

Per Wis. Stat. § 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the Sign Language Interpreter (Restricted) 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 appropriate application form, including all required documentation.  

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

Method #2 Requirements

  • Satisfactory evidence of all of the following:
    • Letter from physician diagnosing the applicant as deaf or hard of hearing.
    • Evidence of completion of 8 hours or training sponsored by RID or its successor on the role and function of deaf interpreters.
    • Evidence of completion of 8 hours of training sponsored by RID or its successor on professional ethics.
    • Letters of recommendation from at least three (3) individuals who have held national certification for at least five (5) years and who are members in good standing of RID or its successor providing evidence that applicant has completed at least 40 hours of mentoring including at least 20 hours of observing  professional work and at least 10 hours observing certified deaf interpreters.  (Complete Form #2931)
    • Evidence of completion of at least 40 hours of training consisting of workshops sponsored by RID or its successor other relevant courses.
    • Evidence that applicant is an associate or student member of RID or its successor.
    • Evidence of a high school diploma or an equivalent.
    • Identification and license number of applicant's supervising licensed interpreter.

Application for Licensure

2924Sign Language Interpreter License Application (Restricted) (Required for all methods)
2928Sign Language Interpreter Certificate of Professional Education or Training Program Completion
2926Request for Verification of Membership And/or Certification of RID (Required for all methods)
​2930​Request for Verification of Certification of WITA Certification Level (Complete if applying by Method 1)
3206​Request for Verification of Board of Evaluations of Interpreters (BEI) Certification (Required for all methods)
​2931​Sign Language Interpreter (Restricted) Letter of Recommendation Form (Complete this form if applying by Method 2)
2252​Convictions and Pending Charges
3071​Fax Payment Form

Renewal Information


  • FEE (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
  • 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

Renewal Methods

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

NOTICE: This credential can only be renewed twice.

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.