Secretary of State
The Volunteer Interpreter Program is a service provided for individuals who don't read or understand English well enough to take a written test or for when a written test isn't available in the language spoken by the customer.
If you wish to volunteer as a foreign language interpreter, you must submit an application indicating whether you prefer a one-time-only or a permanent position. Permanent interpreter application are accepted only between October 1 and November 15. The Department of State will review the application. As a condition of approval, you must agree not to charge a fee or receive any other compensation for the service provided.
You also must meet the criminal history and driving record standards set by the department. Applications for a foreign language interpreter will only be considered under the following conditions:
Once approved, you may be recorded at any time by a department representative to monitor your interpreting skills.
A one-time-only interpreter is limited to interpreting no more than once a year. To apply you must:
Be sure to complete test-taker information in Section 2 of the application.
The department will follow up with you either in person at the branch office or by telephone once your application has been reviewed.
If you wish to become a permanent interpreter, applications are only accepted Oct. 1 through Nov. 15 of each year. You must provide the following:
You will be notified in writing if you have been approved or denied. The approval process may take as long as 10 weeks. Continued eligibility may rest upon receiving a positive review every two years. The department reserves the right to remove your name from the active interpreter list at any time.