DARS DHHS obtains conviction records to determine whether an applicant's criminal conviction record makes him or her ineligible for an interpreter certification, or warrants suspension, revocation, or other disciplinary action to holders of a certificate previously granted.

If a conviction records-check reveals that the applicant has a criminal conviction, deferred adjudication, or pending adjudication on an arrest or criminal charge, the application process is suspended until DARS DHHS receives additional information, including a detailed description of the circumstances of the conviction and the underlying criminal acts. Failure to respond within 30 days to DARS DHHS' request for information results in forfeiture of the application fee, and issuance of the certification will be denied.

For more information, see Chapter 3: Criminal Conviction Records, especially 3.4 Use and Analysis of Criminal Conviction Records and Related Information.