The U.S. State of Maryland motor vehicle administration has officially added Yoruba language for drivers’ permit test, vehicle registration and study materials.
Getting a learner’s permit is the first step to getting a driver’s license in the state. Yoruba (West Africa) is among the nine languages added to the Maryland’s learner’s permit knowledge test.
The Yoruba language was added based on latest data from the census data which shows that Yorùbá was one of the largest non-English languages spoken in the state.
This means that starting this September, Maryland residents will be able to take their learner’s permit in the Yoruba language. The announcement is part of several new initiatives around the state to reflect its growing and diverse population.
The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration said it is expanding accessibility services as part of Gov. Wes Moore’s focus on equity and access.
The other new languages offered include, Tagalog, Amharic (Afro-Asiatic language), Arabic, Russian, Urdu, Hindi, Farsi, Portuguese and American Sign Language.
The current languages offered include English, Spanish, French, Nepali, Korean, traditional Chinese and Vietnamese.