How does a deaf person take a driving test?

How would a deaf person take a driving test if they can’t hear the instructions from the person giving the test? I know that deaf people are allowed to drive; I just don’t get how they would take the test.

Liz Jenson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
When a deaf person takes a driving test, they will typically use an interpreter to communicate the examiner’s instructions. The interpreter will sit in the passenger’s seat and lean forward to give instructions in sign language.
Alternatively, the interpreter might sit in the back seat [so the driver can see the sign language in
the rearview mirror
Once a deaf person passes the driving test, they will typically be given a license plate with an HI on it. This indicates that the driver is hearing impaired and can help other drivers or law enforcement to understand why the deaf driver might not react to auditory signals.
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