State Budget Office
Office of Regulatory Reinvention
111 S. Capitol Avenue; 8th Floor, Romney Building,
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517) 335-8658 FAX: (517) 335-9512
REQUEST FOR RULEMAKING (RFR)
Under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), 1969 PA 306, the agency that has the statutory authority
to promulgate rules must electronically file a RFR with the Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR)
before initiating any changes or additions to the rules. Submit copy to the ORR at email@example.com.
1. Agency Information
Agency name: Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Division/Bureau/Office: Bureau of Professional Licensing
Agency contact person name, e-mail, and phone: Andria M. Ditschman
2. Rule Set Information
Title of proposed rule set: Qualified Interpreter – General Rules
Rule number(s) or range of numbers: R 393.5001 – R 393.5095
Included in agency’s annual regulatory plan as rule to be processed in current year? Yes.
3. Estimated timetable for completion, or statutory deadline, if applicable:
4. Describe the general purpose of these rules, including any problem(s) the changes are intended to
The purpose of the Qualified Interpreter – General Rules is to regulate the minimum credentials,
endorsements, levels of expected proficiency, application, testing, licensure, renewal, relicensure,
minimum standards of practice, disciplinary procedures, and continuing education for interpreters.
The proposed rules are intended to: update references to minimum credentials, endorsements, and
levels of expected proficiency; modify definitions; add statutory references; delete obsolete
provisions; provide exemptions to licensing requirements; require licensees to have a working
knowledge of the English language; clarify the examinations that are acceptable to the Board of
Interpreters for the Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing and the requirements for taking an
examination; clarify the procedures for applications, certification, recertification, renewal, and
listing of interpreters; clarify the definition of good moral character; modify the minimum
standards of practice; establish a mentoring program for students and interpreters; clarify the
standards for using video-remote interpreting; modify the procedures for complaints, grievances,
investigations, and the discipline process for interpreters; clarify the continuing education
requirements for interpreters; modify the process for approving continuing education for
interpreters; clarify the applicable fees; modify the procedure for Board approval of continuing
education; and clarify the requirements for appointing authorities to provide a qualified interpreter.
5. Cite the specific rule promulgation authority (i.e. agency director, commission, board, etc.,
listing all applicable statutory references. If the rule(s) are mandated by any applicable
constitutional or statutory provision, please explain.
MCL 393.508a; Executive Reorganization Order No. 1996-2, MCL 445.2001; Executive
Reorganization Order No. 2003-1, MCL 445.2011; Executive Reorganization Order No. 2011-4,
Revised: January 4, 2018