Indiana BMV Offering Driving Tests In 12 Languages (VIDEO)

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive
By Emily Dwire - 21Alive

July 30, 2014 Updated Jul 30, 2014 at 6:22 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (21Alive) - The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle has begun offering the driving test in 12 different languages.

Beginning Wednesday, Indiana drivers may take the Operator Knowledge Tests in English, Arabic, Burmese, Chin, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. Test translations should be available in all license branches that have touch screen testing terminals by mid-August.

BMV officials say the addition of 11 new translations comes at the request of businesses, universities and advocacy groups.

The 11 foreign languages selected are suggestions from the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Youth Institute from a study on primary languages spoken in Hoosier homes.

Additionally, recent state trade missions overseas have shown a need to provide foreign language tests to attract foreign business, Indiana BMV Commissioner Don Snemis said in a statement.

BMV officials cite a Brookings Institute study that found 6 percent of Indiana private-sector jobs are a result of foreign investment.

English became the official language of Indiana in 1984. American Sign Language is also officially recognized in the Indiana Code.

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