Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), formerly the Florida Department of Public Safety, is a statutorily established cabinet agency[1] of Florida government.

The agency head of DHSMV is the Executive Director who is appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Cabinet.[2] The Executive Director has functional responsibility for directing, monitoring, supervising, coordinating, and administering all activities of the Department. The Executive Director ensures that DHSMV’s mission and objectives are being followed, pursuant to Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code. The Department provides oversight and services in partnership with the various 67 Florida county tax collectors for the issuance of driver licenses, registrations and titling of automobiles, trailers, boats, and mobile homes.


Providing Highway Safety and Security through excellence in service, education and enforcement.[3]


Within DHSMV, additional divisions are organized which operate as separate agencies, but within the framework of DHSMV. Some of these divisions are established by Florida law within DHSMV, while other non-statutorily established divisions and bureaus are created by the Department for the administration of its mission.

As of 2015, DHSMV had the following major Divisions[3] within the Department:

  • Office of Executive Director (OED)
  • Division of Florida Highway Patrol (FHP)
  • Division of Motor Services (MS)
  • Division of Administrative Services (DAS)
  • Information System Administration (ISA)

The agency is headquartered in the Neil Kirkman Building in Tallahassee.[4]


  1. ^ § 20.24, Fla. Stat. (2012)
  2. ^ "DHSMV Statement of Agency Organization and Operation" (PDF). www.flhsmv.gov. DHSMV. 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Department Overview." Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Retrieved on January 3, 2016.
  4. ^ "Contact Information." Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Retrieved on August 30, 2009.

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