Audio Transcription Services

Our professionally tested and trained volunteers record textbooks, business, training, vocational and leisure materials into a variety of audio formats.

Recordings are provided free of charge to Minnesotans statewide who have visual impairments and other disabilities that make it difficult to read print.

There is a small charge for audio transcriptions provided to schools, colleges and universities, businesses, government agencies and non profits.

Apply for Services

Before taking advantage of the exceptional transcription services, you need to complete and return our application for services form establishing your eligibility for services. 

Your eligibility must be certified by an appropriate "certifying authority" as listed on the form. Also, you must submit a signed customer agreement copyright form before services can be provided.

Ordering Audio Materials

In addition to the core content, books, magazines, and other print materials may contain items such as advertising, indexes, bibliographies, and so on. We will transcribe materials according to your specifications. The order form includes space for you to indicate your preferences for what you would like to have included in your transcription. Our “What is Transcribed” document lists our standard practice for inclusion for each of these types of transcriptions:

  • Human-narrated audio textbooks
  • Human-narrated vocational materials
  • Human-narrated leisure/book club materials
  • Human-narrated organizational/business materials
  • Human-narrated magazines
  • E-text and large print materials

-- “What is Transcribed” document - This version presents the material that is easy to follow visually, but more difficult when reviewing with a screen reader.
-- “What is Transcribed, Screen Reader Friendly” document - Presents the material as a list.

Before proceeding with the order process, you must read the Audio and E-text Transcription Policies and Practices document, which will help you understand the process, timing and the cost. 

Online Order Forms 

Student Order Form or
Leisure, Vocational and Personal Order Form or
Organizational Order Form

Printable Order Forms  

To submit a request by mail, print the appropriate order form below and send to the address listed on the form: 
Student Order Form or 
Leisure, Vocational and Personal Order Form or 
Organizational Order Form


State Services for the Blind 
2200 University Ave W #240 
St. Paul, MN 55114-1840 
1-800-722-0550 (toll-free)