Certified Translations FAQs

What is a certified translation?

A certified translation is a word-for-word translation required for official use by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), universities, colleges, state or federal institutions and courts.

All our certified translations are issued in accordance with the regulations established by the USCIS, the institution that most frequently requires this type of document. A certified translation includes a certificate issued on our corporate letterhead signed by the translator and an Idiomatic USA representative in PDF format.

How are the pages counted?

When you order a certified translation, the most significant variable is how the pages of the document are calculated. 

As mentioned, one page is considered to contain up to 250 words. If a project contains more than 250 words, the price is then calculated on a per word basis, which varies between language pairs.

How much does it cost?

The price for a certified translation is $29 - 40.00 per page. Languages written in different non-Latin alphabets, such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese cost more.

Each page may contain up to 250 words or fewer including numbers. Pages may be letter size (8.5″ x 11″), A4 or smaller and one sided.

For languages that use logograms, such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese, each character is considered a word.

How long will it take?

For most common languages, including French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Japanese, Arabic, Dutch and Portuguese, the delivery deadlines are as follows: 

All orders will be personally reviewed by our staff to provide more specific information.

Note: Orders placed after 2 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) will be processed on the following business day. 

We offer expedited service for Spanish, Russian and German to English.

With expedited service, your order is given priority and you can expect the turnaround time to be reduced by 50%.

Expedited service includes a 50% surcharge.

If you require expedited service for a document in another language, please inquire regarding availability. If we are able to accommodate your request, our staff will provide you with instructions on how to proceed.

Note: Standard terms apply for expedited service. Orders placed after 2 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) will be processed on the following business day. Delivery dates exclude weekends & holidays.

Yes, we do offer notarization and Apostille services for all of our translations at an additional cost. Get in touch for a quote.

Who will translate my document?

Our translators have years of experience in the translation industry and specialize in different areas of service. Many of them have graduate degrees and certificates in fields such as law and engineering.

How do you ensure quality?

Each project is assigned to a translator who only works translating into their native language. As an ISO 9001:2015 certified translation company, all translations also undergo a final revision before delivery.

We encourage you to take a look at our reviews from satisfied clients.

How do you keep my information secure?

Any and all documentation sent to us is kept on our private, encrypted server. Idiomatic USA has a strict confidentiality policy. We understand that in certain cases, given the sensitivity of the information to be translated, clients request we sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), which we're happy to do.

How can I pay?

We accept all major credit cards, bank transfer and PayPal. For payments with bank transfer, we offer a 1.5% discount on the total cost of the translation.

In what currency are your prices?

All prices and transactions are conducted in United States dollars (USD).