Is it OK to edit out speech tics such as “er” and “um” when I quote from a personal interview?

Note: This post relates to content in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. For up-to-date guidance, see the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook.

Yes, you may edit out speech tics from personal interviews, but you should mention in a note the first time you quote from the interview that the quotations have been lightly edited for concision and readability.