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BMV To Offer Driver’s Test in Eleven Languages

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July 30, 2014 — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) announced today that it will begin offering automated Operator Knowledge Tests in eleven foreign languages.

Don Snemis, BMV Commissioner, said in a press release the decision to offer the tests on automated testing stations is in response to numerous requests from businesses, universities and advocacy groups. The release cited a Brookings Institute study which showed that more than 145,000 jobs in Indiana are the result of foreign investment, representing about six percent of the state’s private sector workforce.

The Operator Knowledge Test will be offered in Arabic, Burmese, Chin, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Snemis commented, “Consistent with the vision of Governor Pence and Lieutenant Governor Ellspermann to bring international jobs to Indiana, and their trade missions around the world, Indiana has become an attractive option for foreign business. Additionally, Indiana has one of the largest foreign student populations in the country thanks to our outstanding institutions of higher learning. As a result, Indiana is a proud partner in the global business community. We welcome business leaders and students from all nations, and we hope that our efforts will play a small part in welcoming more investment in Indiana.”

The BMV expects to have the test available in all branches with touch-screen stations by mid-August.


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