Press Release - 03-26-2019

DMV News


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Tim O’Brien             
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Darren Boysen
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Bengali is One of the Most Commonly Spoken Languages in New York

Growing Nepalese Community in New York City


The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today announced that the class D and motorcycle Learner Permit Test has been translated into Bengali and Nepali to better serve customers who are native speakers of these languages. Bengali has become one of the most commonly spoken languages in the State and among the top six most commonly spoken languages in New York City. In addition, there is a growing Nepali-speaking community in the New York City region. 

“Our goal is to serve all customers equally and language should never be a barrier to that mission,” said Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Acting GTSC Chair Mark J.F. Schroeder. “Under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership, the state works to be welcoming and accommodating to all those who call themselves New Yorkers, which is why we are proud to offer these new translations to better meet the needs of those we serve.” 

The Learner Permit Test is currently available in both electronic and written forms at all state-operated and county-run DMV offices statewide.  In addition to Bengali and Nepali, the test is also offered in 14 other languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, English, French, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, and Spanish. The New York State Driver Manual is available online in Nepali and Bengali as well as more than 100 other languages.

The DMV strives to provide efficient, innovative, and responsive government services to all of its customers. 

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