In The News

2006: In response to community pushback, a Senate bill was amended to allow Spanish, Korean, and Japanese tests for driver's licenses, aligning with the languages already offered by the Department of Safety.

2010: Community groups, along with corporations like Volkswagen and the Japanese Consulate, successfully opposed the English-only driver's license bill in committees, preventing its passage.

2011: Governor Haslam played a role in pushing back against the English-only initiative for driver's license tests, expressing concerns about its impact on foreign business. 

2014: Metro Council Resolution Failed for Driver's License

2019: Community groups advocated for additional languages in driving exams “Hogan estimates it cost several thousand dollars to add the German test option.”   

2022: The Our State, Our Languages coalition launched in the summer of 2022 and continued its efforts for linguistic inclusivity in Tennessee's driver's license tests. 

2023: The Our State, Our Languages movement expanded its reach, with ongoing efforts to promote language access in driver's license tests

2024: Following introduction of bills both in the TN State House and Senate, the Our State, Our Languages Coalition focused advocacy efforts on requesting the bills be removed from consideration.