Interpreter for the Deaf Licensure Act of 2007

The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission is made aware of the phishing attempts and/or attacks targeting individuals, mostly sign language interpreters. On September 2nd, 2022, an email from known as "Illinois and Hard of Hearing Commission" with the IDHHC logo inside the email body claimed to be from IDHHC sent a malicious email to individuals requiring them to "save, open, and access" the secure document. IDHHC does not have a yahoo account. The only official email communication from IDHHC comes from the domain. Always check the sender's email address. Malicious actors are posing and pretending as IDHHC representatives trying to trick individuals into disclosing their personal information. Phishing is an attempt to steal personal and sensitive information or break into online accounts using deceptive emails and/or messages. If you received this email from the said email account, please report phishing in your mailbox and/or delete it. Do not do any further action opening, replying or clicking any links. Doing so will lead you to will download malware, or direct you to a dodgy website.

IDHHC is the licensing body for sign language interpreters under the Illinois Interpreters for the Deaf Licensure Act of 2007The Licensure Act requires anyone who is providing interpreting services in Illinois to be licensed unless specifically exempted under the Act.  The Interpreter for the Deaf Licensure Act of 2007 Rules (Administrative Code - Title 68; Chapter IX; Part 1515) provides specific details such as the required accepted certifications, fees, proficiency levels, continuing education and standards of professional conduct.  The Licensure Act & Rules can be downloaded via the above links.

The Enterprise Licensing and Permitting (ELP) is the platform for online processing of all sign language interpreter applications & renewals.

  • The ELP is an easy-to-use, statewide licensing and permitting system across all subscribing government organizations within Illinois.

  • All Licensure Applications & Renewals must be submitted via the ELP Platform. 

  • Any applications sent via email or US Mail are no longer accepted.

  • Licensure fees are required via the platform at time of submission.  Payment options include Visa, MasterCard, Discover and electronic checks.

  • All required documentation including accepted certificates and supporting legal documents must be uploaded to the platform at time of submission.

  • Please note: Every license of a sign language interpreter for the deaf issued under the Act expires on December 31st of each year. The annual renewal period of a license is from November 1st to February 15th. The fee for the renewal of a license, including a provisional license, is $150 per year. The late fee for all renewal applications received within 45 days after the expiration date (January 1st to February 15th) of a license is $60, in addition to the renewal fees. For more information, please review Section 1515.60 and 1515.70 of the Rules.

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