The difference between certified translation in the United States and Great Britain
In the United States, a certified translation consists of both the translation of the source file and a signed statement by the translator. However, this certificate does not verify that the translation is actually correct as there is no official certification of translators by either state or federal authorities in the United States.
Nevertheless, there are associations like the American Translators Association (ATA) that provide certifications for translators. But remember that this is not an official certification. So before hiring a translator to handle your certified translation, you want to make sure that he or she is a member of the ATA or a similar organisation to ensure the quality of the translation.
In the United Kingdom, there is also no official body that professional translators can register with. Therefore, there is no such thing as a “sworn translator” or a “certified translator” in Great Britain.
Instead, translators have to make a declaration stating that they are a professional translator who is qualified to make the translation. By adding such a statement to the translation, translators declare that they believe the translated text to be an accurate translation of the original text.
Be aware that anyone can in fact proclaim themselves to be a translator since the translation industry in the United Kingdom is unregulated. This is why you are strongly advised to make sure that the translator you want to hire is a member of an official organisation.
Summary: Certified translations
If you are asked to submit a certified translation of one of your documents, you want to make sure that it will be accepted by the relevant organisation. It is therefore very important to find a translation company that can guarantee to provide you with a certified translation that follows all the relevant regulations and rules. A professional translation agency like lingoking can guarantee the creation of a certified translation that authorities will accept.
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