|The Iowa International Center has been a leader in providing interpretation and translation services in Iowa for more than 30 years. With more than 120 interpreters and translators fluent in over 60 languages and dialects, we help medical clinics, government agencies, schools, non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals overcome language barriers so that limited English proficient (LEP) individuals can receive essential care, training and services.
Translation Services (written)
Are you looking for assistance in converting a written or printed document in another language into English, or from English into another language?
Costs for translation vary based on the characteristics of each document, including word count, language, technicality of terms and formatting required. In order to provide you with a cost estimate, we will first need to review the material to be translated. Once we receive your document(s), we will review them, prepare a cost and timing estimate and obtain your approval before proceeding with the translation.
Request A Translation
In order to request a translation please send us a clear copy of the original document(s), along with your name, phone number, and/or email address. Documents can be:
Note: For translations of official documents such as birth and marriage certificates for immigration purposes, we do provide certified translations, including notarization.
Interpretation Services (oral)
If you need help communicating with a limited English speaker either in person at an appointment or by phone, the Iowa International Center can help.
Our interpreters regularly interpret at the following types of appointments within a 20-mile radius of the Des Moines metro area:
The hourly interpretation fee for most appointments is $55-$70, depending upon language. A minimum one hour charge applies for all appointments. After the first hour, time is billed in quarter hours. There is no charge for travel time for appointments occurring within the Des Moines metro area. For assignments outside the Des Moines area, travel charges apply. Please contact the Iowa International Center for details.
Request An Interpreter
In order to request an interpreter please contact our office with the details of your request:
with available rates and languages.
Languages (as of February 2017)
|Burmese||Kinyamulenge||Sudanese (Bor, Ngok, Rek, Agar, Twic)|
|Chin (Falam, Hakha, Mizo, Zomi)||Kurindi||Swedish|
This list is not exhaustive. Please contact us for any translation need; we would be happy to
review your document(s) and provide you with a cost and timing estimate.
- Information for Interpreters & Translators
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Tips for Working with Interpreters
- Free Emergency Interpretation Services