7.4 Applying for Medical Interpreter Certification

7.4.1 Applying for the Medical Interpreter Performance Test

The applicant must:

  1. complete Form 3960, Medical Interpreter Performance Test;
  2. attach:
    • a copy of a valid photo ID or driver's license;
    • a check, money order, or cashier's check payable to DARS DHHS for the designated fee; and
    • documentation to verify eligibility, such as copies of:
      • a valid certificate card; or
      • certificates of attendance or transcripts for medical interpreting training;
  3. mail the form with the attachments to DARS DHHS; and
  4. scheduled test dates are published on the DARS DHHS Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) Registry.

A submitted application does not guarantee that a requested appointment on a specified day, location, or time will be accommodated. Appointments are given on a first-come, first-served basis. The DARS DHHS staff member contacts applicants when necessary to arrange alternate testing dates.

For more information about test expectations and format, see the Study Guide for Medical Interpreter Certification (PDF).