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Illinois Interpreter License Applications

The Illinois Interpreters for the Deaf Licensure Act of 2007 requires anyone who is providing interpreting services in Illinois to be licensed unless specifically exempted under the Act. It is unlawful for any person to practice, offer to practice, attempt to practice or holds himself or herself out to practice as a Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf without being licensed or exempt under this Act.

Initial Application

The fees are: $50 Initial Application plus $175 Initial License (If Issued after July 1st, $50 Application plus pro-rated $90 License) Expires annually on December 31st.

Click on the ELP (blue box) below to begin your initial license application.

Affidavit Form

Renewal Application

The renewal period is open from November 1 to February 15 of the following year. The renewal fee is $150 and is processed when submitting the renewal application. Late renewals are accepted January 1 – February 15. The late renewal fees are $210 ($150 annual renewal and $60 late fee). 

In November of every year, renewal notices are sent to the email address listed in your ELP profile.  If you did not receive an email, please check your spam, or junk folders. The automated emails are sent from:

Your license is not renewed upon the submission of the application and fees. All renewal applications must be reviewed and approved by IDHHC staff. Once the application has been approved, you will receive an email notification and be able to download a copy of your digital license from the profile. If the renewal has not been processed by December 31st, your license is considered expired until the renewal process is completed. 

If you did not receive the renewal email, you can start the renewal application directly from your ELP profile. Once you are logged into your ELP profile, select the Certification/License tab. Next you will need to select IDHHC from the drop-down menu. You should now see your license listed. All the way to the right, click on the last icon *The blue renew now is not a link to the renewal application.

Click on the ELP (blue box) below to begin your renewal license application.

Affidavit Form

Renewal Tutorial

Restoration Application

5 Years or Less Restoration
Any sign language interpreter for the deaf whose license has expired or has been placed on inactive status for 5 years or less may have the license restored by paying the fees required by Section 1515.70 and providing proof of completion of 20 CE hours during the 2 years prior to submitting the restoration application. For more details, please review the Section 1515.120 Restoration of the Rules

5 Years or More Restoration
Any person seeking restoration of a license that has been expired or placed on inactive status for more than 5 years shall file an application, on forms supplied by the Commission, for review by the Board, together with the fee required by Section 1515.70 of this Rules.  In addition, the applicant must submit one of the documents as outlined in the Section 1515.120 Restoration of the Rules

Important Information

  • The best browser to use is Chrome.  ELP no longer supports Internet Explorer 11.
  • If you do not remember your username or password, do NOT create a new profile. Please use the forgot username and password features.
  • During the application process, you must upload proof of a current acceptable certification. 
    • RID certified membership card
    • BEI Certification/Card
    • ISAS card or current affidavit.
  • All payments are processed in ELP at the end of the application prior to submission.  
  • IDHHC no longer accepts paper applications. All renewals must be processed through your ELP profile. IDHHC will return all renewal applications received via USPS as unprocessed. IDHHC will credit any payments for licensure renewal processed directly through the EPay site.
  • IDHHC strongly encourages all renewal applications be submitted no later than December 10 every year. After that time, IDHHC cannot ensure the application will be processed prior to December 31st.