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HB 2696 Sign Language License

Temporary License Communcation 

Limited Waiver on Enforcement Extended

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Since the Board was not permitted to meet until on or after January 1, 2024, the same day House Bill 2696 (2023) required sign language interpreters to be licensed to practice in Oregon, the Health Licensing Office (HLO) is exercising its discretion and will not impose discipline for practicing without a license on any sign language interpreters who obtain a license before December 31, 2024 (previously June 8, 2024).

The limited waiver on enforcement began on January 1, 2024, and now  ends on December 31, 2024, at 12:01 a.m. The limited waiver of enforcement is narrow; the waiver only applies to the singular issue of providing sign language interpretation services in Oregon without a license. The HLO may impose discipline for any other violation of the HLO or Board rules or statutes.

For more information and to stay up to date, please go to the Health Licensing Office, Board of Sign Language Interpreters link.

For the latest HLO news, you may also go to the HLO news page.

A synopsis of the framework of the bill and the developmental process for licensure requirements can be found in this informational video: November 2023 Licensure Update. For more information about the framework and process of passing the bill, as well as an ASL version of the bill visit:

Become a Qualified or Certified Sign Language Health Care Interpreter

Step 1 

Meet all of the Requirements

English Version: Sign Language HCI Requirements

Spanish Version: Sign Language HCI Requirements

Oregon Qualification and Certification for Sign Language Interpreters

Step 2

Complete Your Initial Application for Health Care Interpreter

Health Care Interpreter Application  ,* (Historical Changes to HCI Application)

Step 3

Submit Your Application Packet

Emailed applications preferred.  Include all required documentation together with your completed application. 

PDF or Word formatting preferred.  Please label each attachment in your email. 

*Incomplete applications will not be considered*

Email your Initial Application or Renewal to:


Health Care Interpreter Program
Equity and Inclusion Division
421 SW Oak St. Suite 750
Portland, Oregon  97204

HCI Phone Number: (971) 673-3378
Fax number is 971-673-1128.

* Are you having problems with accessing our on-line application? Please follow the instructions from this link. The instructions will help to download the application in Chrome and Firefox. Also, make sure you have the current version of Adobe Reader.