Board of Sign Language Interpreters and Transliterators - Apply For a New License

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Application Guidelines

The documents below explain the required steps to complete the application process.  While the process has several steps many of the requirements can be done simultaneously. Best practice is to apply online for a new license.

Documents may be submitted electronically to the Board office. The Board’s fax number is 515-281-3121. Emailed documents should go to plpublic@idph.iowa.gov .

To expedite processing a new license request, take advantage of our secure online application.

Click here to Access Online Services or to Apply Online

Applications are reviewed by Board staff as soon as possible, in the order received, typically within 5 business days.

  • Refer to the Application Guidelines above to determine what steps you can complete while awaiting review.
  • Once your application is reviewed, you will receive an email with an attached letter indicating what additional information is required to approve the license.

Application Rules

The rules below describe the application process for Sign Language Interpreters and Transliterators.

Scroll down in the Fees Rules to the name of this board to find the application fee.

Application Forms

Due to COVID-19, paper applications will not be processed at this time.  Click here to apply, renew, or reactivate online.  For questions about username and password, please call the State of Iowa Service Desk at 515-281-5703 or 800-532-1174.  For assistance with the online application contact 515-281-0254. 

Related Links

The following links are being provided because each of these testing services offers tests that are required for licensure. An applicant for licensure must pass an examination approved by the board and then have the testing service send the test results directly to the board prior to being licensed.

A temporary license holder shall practice interpreting through the end of the then-current biennial license period. A temporary license holder may renew a temporary once, for the immediately following biennial license period.

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., (RID)
National Testing System Assistant
703/838-0030 ext 215
703/838-4059 tty
703/838-0454 fax

Deaf Services
Iowa Department of Human Rights
Lucas State Office Building, 2nd Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-598-7326 VP
888-221-3724 toll-free v/tty
515-242-6119 fax

Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment
EIPA Diagnostic Center
Boys Town National Research Hospital
555 N. 30th St
Omaha, NE 68131
402/452-5028 fax
EIPA score must be 3.5 or better.

Contact Information & Office Hours

Bureau of Professional Licensure
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319


Phone: (515) 281-0254

Fax: (515) 281-3121

Bureau Website: https://idph.iowa.gov/licensure

Online Licensure Services: https://amanda-portal.idph.state.ia.us/ibpl/portal/

Email: PLPublic@idph.iowa.gov


Office Hours:

8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays