In 2005, the Nebraska Legislature passed the Nebraska Sign Language Interpreter law, Nebraska Revised Statute §20-150 through §20-159. These statutes require all state agencies hire only sign language interpreters licensed by the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The law was created to help ensure that effective communication is provided to Deaf or Hard of Hearing consumers, as protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Effective January 1, 2016, N.R.S. §20-156.01 mandates that sign language interpreters who receive compensation for their services and Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) Service Providers who provide services in Nebraska to hold licensure in the State of Nebraska. Interpreters that are exempt from this law are: interpreters working in the K-12 educational setting, volunteers, emergency situations (interpreters working in an emergency situation is only permitted until a licensed interpreter arrives), interpreting students (must be under the supervision of a licensed interpreter), interpreters working in the religious setting, and interpreters working under a VRI business license (working for a VRI provider, who is licensed).
List of Licensed Interpreters
Interpreter Licensure Action
Applications / Forms
Additional information regarding licensing requirements can be found in Title 96: Rules and Regulations Relating to Sign Language Interpreters or by contacting Traci Cooney at 402-471-3593 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who would like to file a licensure complaint or have more information regarding the informal and formal complaint process may contact Interpreter Program Coordinator, Sharon Sinkler, at email@example.com or Voice 402-471-3065 or Video Phone 402-817-7421. The complaint process can be found in Section 003.07 of Title 96.