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Administrative Office of Courts
300 Dexter Ave.
Montgomery, Al 36104
1-866-954-9411
(334) 954-5000

Testing

The examination schedule is linked in the “Section Links” list.  AOC sponsors exams at various times during the year.  For gaining admission to an exam, there is a deadline to meet.  The deadline for our receiving the Oral Exam Application or Written Exam Application is stated on the Application.  Send the appropriate Exam Application with a certified check or money order for the amount as stated on the Application to the AOC address below.   

To work as an interpreter in Alabama’s courts, please fill out the other forms in the Links list and email to win.johnson@alacourt.gov or fax to 334-954-3134 or mail to the address for AOC below. You must fill out and send in a Background Check Authorization and photocopies of Identification. Example: Passport OR driver's license AND birth certificate OR social security card. Not having the background check completed before the exam could delay your ability to be placed on the Registry of available interpreters, even if you pass the exams.  If you are a sole proprietor and not employed by a company of some kind, then you’ll need to also fill out the “Sole Proprietor E-Verify Affidavit.”

If you’re certified in another state or with the federal courts already, Alabama may consider you eligible for certification without testing.  However, you must still meet certain requirements.  Please send that information if you’re interested in Alabama’s reciprocity requirements.

You should also carefully read Alabama’s “CONDUCT AND ETHICS OF A FOREIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER.”  Following the instructions in that document are essential to your continuing service as an interpreter for courts in Alabama.  Thank you for your interest in serving Alabama’s court system.

Administrative Office of Courts
Foreign Language Interpreter Program
Attn: Winthrop E. Johnson
300 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama  36104
E-mail:  win.johnson@alacourt.gov