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Kentucky Interpreter Licensure Bill

The signing of Senate Bill 37 with former Governor, Paul Patton

(left to right): Karen Doyle (CHS), Mike Armstrong (KDE), Patty Conway (DVR), Dana Parker (KCDHH), Martha Hinton (KYRID), former Governor Paul Patton, Heather Harker (KCDHH), Dr. Harvey Corson (KSD), Dr. Bobbie Beth Scoggins (KCDHH), Sen. Tom Buford (Co-Sponsor Senate Bill 37), and Legislative Liaison Leonard Gray.


Signing of Senate Bill 37 with former Governor, Paul Patton

Just as in other professions that require licensing, in Kentucky all sign language interpreters must hold a valid Kentucky license in order to interpret.

The Licensure Bill became effective July 1, 2003. Interpreters must be licensed in the state of Kentucky and certified by a national organization.

The purpose of the Board of Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is to administer and enforce the statutory authority and to monitor the needs of the consuming public. The Board licenses all eligible candidates for entry into the profession of Interpreting. It recommends appropriate changes in the law to assure fairness and equality. The Board conducts formal hearings when necessary and prosecutes by due process any violators of KRS 309.300 to 309.319.

You can contact the Kentucky Licensure Board at:

Division of Occupations and Professions
P.O. Box 1360
Frankfort, KY 40602
(502) 564-3296, Ext. 237
(502) 696-5763 (fax)

Kentucky Board of Interpreters