For best results, every document translation project should be completed by a native-speaking linguist who is an expert in the subject matter at hand. However, certain projects call for an extra degree of officiality. For instance, translated legal documents or personal documents that will be submitted to government agencies such as USCIS must meet all the criteria for an official, certified translation. What exactly does this mean? Let’s dive deeper into the features of official translation.
What Are the Features of Official Translation?
In terms of what characterizes a professional translation, here are the key things to look for:
- Certification – Schools, courts and government agencies worldwide commonly require translations to be certified. What this means is that the translator who completes the translation must include a signed statement verifying their credentials and indicating that they’ve carefully reviewed their work for quality, accuracy and completeness.
- Fulfillment of the country/agency’s specified requirements – Requirements for things like the formatting of a document translation can vary between countries and entities, depending on laws and other factors. So, it’s important to review any instructions/specifications and to share these with the chosen translator to make sure they’re met.
Once a translated document possesses all the necessary features of official translation for the particular project, it will be ready for use in an official context. The translation will be prepared for submission to official entities, valid for use in legal proceedings, etc.
Work with ABS to Ensure the Quality of Your Translations
While certified translation may not be essential for every document, it’s important to work with a reputable translation agency either way. At ABS Translations, our global network is equipped to provide both personal and professional translations of superior quality.
For everything from marketing materials to complex technical documents to birth certificates and other documents requiring official translation services, we reliably match individuals and businesses with the right expert for the job. Our team features diverse language professionals who are highly skilled in translating materials for all major industries, to/from 100+ world languages. Reach out to us at 215-233-3000 to find out if we’re a good fit for your translation project.