English is the Standard for Missouri Driver's License
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English is the Standard for Missouri Driver's License

Date: September 18, 2007
By: Courtney Cox
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Two patrons at a Clayton restaurant were injured today when an SUV lost control and drove onto the restaurant's patio. Police had trouble communicating with the driver as he spoke little English. Courtney Cox has more from Jefferson City on what is required to get a driver's license in Missouri. RunTime:
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While Missouri does offer driving guides in Spanish and Bosnian, citizens cannot get a driver's license without some English skills. This according to Trish Vincent, Director of Missouri's Department of Revenue.
 
 
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Description: "Our Spanish speaking Missourians come prepared whether they  can understand a little English, or sometimes I have heard that they bring their children along because they're  in school and they know English so we are able to communicate in an effective way. And again if they are having to take those tests they have to do it in an English manner so we can give them the license if they are able to pass all the tests and meet the document requirements."

 

A vision, sign recognition, and written examination are all required to receive a driver's license.

Some licensing bureaus in St. Louis do have Bosnian speaking clerks to better assist customers, but the written portion of the driver's test must be completed in English.

 From the State Capitol, I'm Courtney Cox.