Language Access Contracts

We offer a wide array of language access contracts to meet your needs in communicating with people who have Limited English Proficiency (LEP) or who need communications in American Sign Language (ASL).

LEP refers to people who do not speak English as their primary language and have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English. A person who self-reports speaking English less than very well is considered to have limited proficiency in English.

For statewide contract purchasers

DES language access guide

We created a guide to help government organizations access language services needed to support their missions. Additionally, it guides Washington state employees, local governments, and other organizations when a person with limited English proficiency needs help.

DES language access purchaser meetings

  • Purchasers who use these contracts are invited to attend a virtual meeting the last Wednesday of every month where you can ask questions, connect with other purchasers, and discuss your needs around these contracts.
  • View the Language Access Purchaser Meeting Calendar.
  • Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

DES contracts

We offer a wide suite of language access statewide contracts that eligible purchasers may use, based on their unique needs. To search for a contract, select the “Find current contracts.” If you would like to see upcoming contracts, the Planned Procurement page provides the status of any statewide solicitation(s). 

  • 03919 Sign Language Interpreter Services - Independent Contractors
  • 02120 Sign Language Interpreter Services - Referral Agencies
  • 15422 Transcription and Captioning Services
  • 01618 Translation Services - System Generated Client Letters
  • 04218 Translation Services - Written Word
  • 17622 Spoken Language Interpreter Services - Court Certified
  • 06821 Spoken Language Interpreter Services - IPI, OPI, and VRI (CBA)*
  • 18222 Spoken Language Interpreter Services - IPI, OPI, and VRI (Non-CBA)*

*In-Person Interpreting (IPI), Over the Phone Interpreting (OPI), Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)

For language service providers 

If you're interested in providing language services, our planned procurement page identifies upcoming contracting opportunities.

Businesses interested in being notified of Washington State bid opportunities must register with Washington's Electronic Business Solution (WEBS).