How much should I charge for translating a driving license?
Thread poster: Zahraa Omar

Zahraa Omar  Identity Verified
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Mar 28, 2013

Hello,

I'm being asked to translate a driving license. The whole word count is less than 100 words; should I charge it per word like any other document? or give the client a rate for the whole document as a minimum charge? Or rate it by hour?? or what??

Thank you in advance


 

Gudrun Wolfrath  Identity Verified
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Usually I charge Mar 28, 2013

20 EUR (+ VAT if applicable).

It is a minimum fee or lump sum or however you want to call it.

Gudrun


 

onur ilter  Identity Verified
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Minimum Price Mar 28, 2013

Hello Zahraa,

In such situations I mostly use a minimum price. For instance in the past I would say 1 page = 1.000 characters = 180 words and then I would name my price for that + a note that says: any document containing less than 180 words is accepted as 1 page.

I guess translation bureaus are also using such conditions.


 

Rolf Kern  Identity Verified
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Your rate Mar 28, 2013

Your rate per word or your minimum rate, whatever is higher.

 

Rad Graban  Identity Verified
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£35 Mar 28, 2013

My rate for driving licences, diplomas, birth certificates................

 

Rachel Fell  Identity Verified
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Hmm.. Mar 28, 2013

Rad Graban wrote:

My rate for driving licences, diplomas, birth certificates................

When you reflect on what e.g. a doctor may charge to just SIGN a passport application form et al., seems v. reasonableicon_wink.gif


 

LEXpert  Identity Verified
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Hmm indeed! Mar 28, 2013

Rachel Fell wrote:

Rad Graban wrote:

My rate for driving licences, diplomas, birth certificates................

When you reflect on what e.g. a doctor may charge to just SIGN a passport application form et al., seems v. reasonableicon_wink.gif


Now I'm intrigued - on what sort of occasions do doctors sign passport applications (other than their own)? Is it a British thing?


 

Rachel Fell  Identity Verified
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Yes - Mar 28, 2013

you have to get a "professional" type of person - doctor, professor or something (I forget offhand what the wording is) - to vouch for you...

 

LEXpert  Identity Verified
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@ Rachel - of course! Mar 29, 2013

Rachel Fell wrote:

Rad Graban wrote:

My rate for driving licences, diplomas, birth certificates................

When you reflect on what e.g. a doctor may charge to just SIGN a passport application form et al., seems v. reasonableicon_wink.gif


Thanks for reminding me. Now I do recall that interesting tidbit, after having come across it for the first time as a plot point in LeCarre's The Night Manager. I'd forgotten in the meantime.


 

Helena Chavarria  Identity Verified
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Now that's interesting Mar 29, 2013

Rachel Fell wrote:

you have to get a "professional" type of person - doctor, professor or something (I forget offhand what the wording is) - to vouch for you...


I have never paid anyone to certify that it is me in the photo. I've always asked an acquaintance who happened to be a bank manager, doctor, etc. to sign.


 

Mike Sadler  Identity Verified
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I signed plenty Mar 29, 2013

Helena Chavarria wrote:

Rachel Fell wrote:

you have to get a "professional" type of person - doctor, professor or something (I forget offhand what the wording is) - to vouch for you...


I have never paid anyone to certify that it is me in the photo. I've always asked an acquaintance who happened to be a bank manager, doctor, etc. to sign.


When I was a school teacher I signed plenty, for pupils, their parents, neighbours and like every other teacher I know it never entered my head to ask a fee for this.
Now that I'm no longer a teacher and a member of this unregulated profession, I don't qualify to countersign such things any more!


 

Zahraa Omar  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Mar 29, 2013

Thank you everybody for your answers.

 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
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Hi. I agree with most suggestions. I will probably charge $30 Mar 29, 2013

In the case of document translation, there is certain minimum, even, if the document had five words. In my case, it is usually $30. I don't translate that many documents of this types -- sometimes as a bundle -- with some other documents, but this is what I would charge.

 


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