Annual Renewal and Compliance Period


2019 Annual Renewal and Compliance Period

Update on 10/30/19: The launch of the 2019 Annual Renewal and Compliance Period for certified and registered interpreters has been delayed as we work to internally implement changes that the Court Interpreters Advisory Panel recently made to the Compliance Requirements for Certified Court and Registered Interpreters. One of these changes is no longer requiring interpreters to submit copies of their paperwork to show that they have met their continuing education and professional assignments requirements. Beginning this compliance period, interpreters will only need to attest to completion of these requirements on a brief form. A detailed explanation of the changes to the requirements and a link to the updated requirements will be included in the communications to the interpreters and the courts when the compliance period is launched, most likely in November 2019. We may also extend the initial deadline for interpreters to respond by January 2020, so courts or interpreters should not worry about missing the deadline for this cycle.

The Court Interpreters Program will contact interpreters and the courts by e-mail once compliance has been launched.   If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at courtinterpreters@jud.ca.gov.


In accordance with California Government Code § 68562, all spoken language interpreters must meet annual renewal and continuing education and professional assignment requirements established by the Judicial Council of California. Official notification and Annual Renewal packets will be e-mailed in October to all interpreters currently enrolled on the Judicial Council’s Master List of Certified Court and Registered Interpreters. If an e-mail address is not on file, or bounces back, the annual renewal packets are sent via US mail. In order to insure that you receive notification, please make sure that your e-mail address is current. The deadline for the Judicial Council to receive interpreter annual renewal fees and paperwork, without penalty is Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

An interpreter’s failure to provide his or her current mailing address and e-mail address does not exempt an interpreter from fulfilling any compliance requirements. If your contact information has changed please mail the CIP Contact Update Form or email courtinterpreters@jud.ca.gov

For complete information on the compliance requirements for court interpreters refer to Compliance Requirements for Certified Court Interpreters and Registered Interpreters

Description Total Due Dues and Notes

Annual Fee (active interpreter)

Annual Fee (inactive interpreter)

$100

$50

Due between Sept. 15 and last business day in Dec. 

Every two years

30 CIP-approved CIMCE courses

40 professional assignments

Due between Sept. 15 and the last business day in Dec.

Interpreters are no longer required to turn in detailed documentation listing required 30 hours of continuing education and 40 professional interpreting assignments effective with the current compliance period ending December 31, 2019. Interpreters must still fulfill all compliance requirements, and will be provided a form they must sign and return attesting under penalty of perjury completion of all compliance requirements. CIP reserves the right to audit to verify compliance. Interpreters must maintain records for five years. Failure to provide documentation may result in revocation of an interpreters credential.
  • Late Fee of $50 assessed for nonpayment of annual renewal fee
    and/or
  • Failure provide documentation verifying completion of:
    • 30 hours of continuing education
      and/or
    • 40 professional assignments

$150

Payment received but documentation incomplete

$50

Due: Jan. 1 thru last working day in Feb.

Due every two years. Failure to provide proof of completion results in assessment of late fee.

Suspension period during which a
reinstatement fee assessed

May affect ability to interpret in the California courts

$250

Due from Mar. 1 and thru last working day in June.

Interpreting credential subject to revocation if all requirements not met by last business day in June. State qualifying exams must be taken and enrollment procedures must be met to requalify.

Other: All updates to interpreter profile, including change of name, address, email, phone, or work location

Failure to update profiles could result in not receiving important communications

Interpreters are responsible for informing CIP of any changes to their profile information as instructed by CIP or by submitting request to courtinterpreters@jud.ca.gov.

All interpreters on the Master List receive instructions on how to submit payment and/or documentation verifying completion of compliance requirements by Sept. 15