The Signed Language Interpreting Practices Act, Section 61-34-1 through 61-34-17, went into effect in 2009 and requires all sign language interpreters in the state of New Mexico to hold a license.  The program is part of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department. For more information on licensing including applications, fee schedules, grievance procedures, board meetings, and the state database please visit

Questions regarding licensing should be directed to:

Signed Language Interpreting Practices Board
P.O. Box 25101
Santa Fe, NM 87505

NMRID stands in strong support of the sign language interpreting practices board and professional licensure for interpreters in New Mexico as it exists.

Please see the New Mexico Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s "Sign Language Interpreter Licensure: History and Purpose Fact Sheet".

Please see the New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department’s "Signed Language Interpreting Practices: FAQs and Overview"

Please see the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf’s "Initiative on State Licensure"

Other states that have also established licensure include: Nebraska, New York, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Arizona, Maine, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Oregon, Michigan, and Kentucky.