Missouri House passes English driver's license test mandate

Thursday, February 23, 2012 | 1:06 p.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Anyone hoping to get a Missouri driver's license would have to understand English under legislation passed by the state House on Thursday.

The bill would require all driver's license tests to be administered in English, eliminating versions that currently are printed in 11 other languages.

The House passed the bill by a 93-63 vote. It now goes to the Senate.

Supporters said it would make the roads safer by ensuring drivers can read the signs. Opponents said it would be unfair to immigrants, who may be adept at driving while still learning the English language.