Fact Sheets: Languages Used for Driver’s License Exams

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ALABAMA: (13) Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese.
ALASKA: (1) English
ARIZONA: (2) English, Spanish.
ARKANSAS: (2) English, Spanish.
CALIFORNIA: (33) Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Cantonese, Croatian, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Mandarin Chinese, Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Tongan, Turkish, Vietnamese.
COLORADO: (2) English, Spanish.
CONNECTICUT: (7) English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese.
DELAWARE: (5) Chinese, English, Haitian Creole, Korean, Spanish.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: (15) Amharic, Arabic, Cantonese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese.
FLORIDA: (3) English, Haitian Creole, Spanish.
GEORGIA: (11) Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese.
HAWAII: (12) Chinese, Chuuukese, Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Ilocano, Marshal Islander, Samoan, Spanish, Tagalog, Tongan, Vietnamese.
IDAHO: (11) Arabic, American Sign Language, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Korean, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Vietnamese.
ILLINOIS: (5) Chinese, English, Korean, Polish, Spanish.
INDIANA: (12) Arabic, Burmese, Chin, English, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Punjabi, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese.
IOWA:  (21) Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hmong, Italian, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese.
KANSAS: (2) English, Spanish.
KENTUCKY: (23) Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese.
LOUISIANA: (1) English.
MAINE: (5) Arabic, English, French, Somali, Spanish.
MARYLAND: (6) English, French, Korean, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese.
MASSACHUSETTS: (28) Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Burmese, Chinese, Czech, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Lao, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese.
MICHIGAN: (9) Arabic, Burmese, English, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish.
MINNESOTA: (6) English, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese.
MISSISSIPPI: (10) Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese.
MISSOURI: (12) Bosnian, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese.
MONTANA: (4) Chinese, English, Russian, Spanish.
NEBRASKA: (2) English, Spanish.
NEVADA: (2) English, Spanish.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: (3) English, French, Spanish.
NEW JERSEY: (10) Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.
NEW MEXICO: (2) English, Spanish.
NEW YORK: (14) Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, English, French, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish.
NORTH CAROLINA: (10) Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese.
NORTH DAKOTA: (13) American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Nepali, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Turkish, Vietnamese.
OHIO: (8) Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Russian, Somali, Spanish.
OKLAHOMA: (1) English
OREGON: (8) Arabic, Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese.
PENNSYLVANIA: (9) Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.
RHODE ISLAND: (7) Arabic, Bosnian, English, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish.
SOUTH CAROLINA: (4) English, French, German, Spanish.
SOUTH DAKOTA: (1) English.
TENNESSE: (4) English, Japanese, Korean, Spanish.
TEXAS: (2) English, Spanish.
UTAH: (1) English.
VERMONT: (5), English, French, Serbo-Croation, Somali, Spanish.
VIRGINIA: (21) American Sign Language, Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, English, French, German, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Mongolian, Nepali, Pashto,  Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese.
WASHINGTON: (7) Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese.
WEST VIRGNIA: (3) English, Japanese, Spanish.
WISCONSIN: (8) Chinese, English, Hmong, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Somali, Spanish.
WYOMING: (1) English.

 

Information in the above table was collected by U.S. English from officials at the motor vehicle departments in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, February-April 2016.

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