1.8 Annual Certificate Renewal

(Revised 04/11)

A certificate holder must renew the certificate annually by paying the annual certificate renewal fee to DARS DHHS before the expiration date. A DARS DHHS staff member may send certificate renewal notification letters at least 60 days before the expiration date. A certificate holder's failure to receive notice does not prevent the expiration of a certificate.

1.8.1 Process for Annual Certificate Renewal

(Revised 04/11)

The certificate holder must complete Form 3910, Annual Certificate Renewal, or Form 3921, Multiple-Certificate Annual Renewal, and send it with a check, money order, or cashier’s check for the fee to DARS DHHS. When DARS DHHS receives the form and fee, a DARS DHHS staff member

  • updates the certificate holder's contact information; and
  • mails a new certificate card, which is valid through the next year.

See 1.10 Certificate Renewal and Recertification Fee Schedule.

1.8.2 Multiple Certificates

(Revised 12/0904/11)

A person possessing more than one BEI certificate must comply with all annual certificate renewal, five-year recertification, and continuing education requirements. This means that

  • when a current BEI certificate holder is awarded an additional BEI certificate, the current and new certificates are assigned a single, new five-year certification cycle that begins on the award date of the newest BEI certificate(s);
  • the new five-year certification cycle and the annual renewal date each become due as of the award date of the newest BEI certificate;
  • continuing education units (CEUs) earned prior to the multiple certificate award date are void; and
  • the certificate holder has five years from the multiple certificate award date to earn all required CEUs.

The certificate holder must complete Form 3921, Multiple-Certificate Annual Renewal, or Form 3922, Multiple-Certificate Five-Year Recertification, and mail the form with a check, money order, or cashier’s check for the fee to DARS DHHS. See 1.10 Certificate Renewal and Recertification Fee Schedule for more information.

1.8.3 Certificate Expiration

(Revised 12/0904/11)

A certificate holder's certificate expires if the annual renewal fee is not paid to DARS DHHS by the expiration date. When a certificate expires for nonpayment of the annual certificate renewal fee, the expiration letter is mailed via certified mail. Continuing to interpret in any situation where an interpreter certificate is required is a violation of DARS rules when the only certification held is an expired BEI certificate.

State mail is not forwarded. If a certificate holder has moved, he or she must notify DARS DHHS of the address change.

1.8.4 Certificate Reinstatement

(Revised 12/0904/11)

A person who is otherwise eligible may renew an expired certificate by completing Form 3910, Annual Certificate Renewal, or Form 3921, Multiple-Certificate Annual Renewal, and paying the applicable fee to DHHS. The following restrictions apply:

  • A person whose certificate has been expired for 90 days or less may renew the certificate by paying to DHHS a renewal fee that is equal to one and a half times the normally required renewal fee.
  • A person whose certificate has been expired for more than 90 days but less than one year may renew the certificate by paying to DHHS a renewal fee that is equal to two times the normally required renewal fee.
  • A person whose certificate has been expired for one year or more may not renew the certificate. The person may obtain a new certificate by complying with the requirements and procedures, including the examination requirements, for obtaining a certificate.