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The National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC) is a federal government center created to serve the U.S. government's translation needs. We were established by Congress in 2003 to provide timely and accurate translations in support of national interests.

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Whether you are a U.S. government agency in need of translation services, a linguist looking for employment, or simply interested in learning more about the NVTC, we invite you to use the form below to contact us!





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The NVTC is the only Congressionally-mandated government translation service provider.  The NVTC mission is not to replace, but rather to augment and supplement the foreign language capabilities present in all elements of the federal government, to include many defense and civilian agencies.  We leverage unparalleled resources to provide our customer with cost-effective, timely, and accurate translation products.

The NVTC offers a comprehensive set of language services to the federal government:

We process source material in a wide variety of formats: handwritten, typewritten, and electronically or digitally produced documents, microfilm, audio, and video, as well as web-based content.

Full Translation – Complete and accurate rendering of source material into a grammatically and colloquially correct product in the target language.  Translation can be from a foreign language source into English or from English into a foreign language.  The NVTC provides translations of an entire document, video, or audio file based on the customer's need.

Partial Translation – Translation of designated portions of the original material.

Summary Translation – A translation that reflects the main points of the entire contents of the material in an abbreviated and concise manner.

Gisting – A brief description (in English or target language) of the contents of the original material.

Cataloguing – Brief scan of material to identify specific data, which is then filled into predefined templates.

Transcription – Word-for-word rendering of audio or video material into the original source language.  Our linguists decipher a wide range of dialects and accents to provide an accurate written product.

Language Identification – The NVTC can assist in the identification of a source file, be it in textual, audio, or visual form.

Certified Translation – Certification by a linguist other than the original translator that a translation is true, faithful, and accurate.

Quality Control Review – Review of previously translated material to ensure a technically and linguistically accurate product.

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