Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV or DHSMV) is a statutorily established[1] cabinet agency of Florida government.[2] In 1969, under Governor Claude Kirk, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Public Safety were merged forming the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.[3] The agency head of DHSMV is the Executive Director who is appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Cabinet.[4][5] 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, the Florida drivers license handbook[6] registrations and titling of automobiles, trailers, boats, and mobile homes. Florida residents who are at least 15 years old can obtain a learner license after meeting the requirements.[7]

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV)
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Agency overview
Formed1969
Superseding agencies
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Department of Public Safety
JurisdictionFlorida
HeadquartersTallahassee, Florida
Agency executives
  • Terry L. Rhodes, Executive Director
  • Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida
Child agencies
  • Office of Executive Director
  • Division of Florida Highway Patrol
  • Division of Motorist Services
  • Division of Administrative Services
  • Information System Administration
Websiteflhsmv.gov

MissionEdit

Providing Highway Safety and Security through excellence in service, education and enforcement.[5][8]

DivisionsEdit

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 within the Department:[8][9]

  • Office of Executive Director (OED)
  • Division of Florida Highway Patrol[1] (FHP)
  • Division of Motorist Services[1] (MS)
  • Division of Administrative Services (DAS)
  • Information System Administration (ISA)

The agency is headquartered in the Neil Kirkman Building in Tallahassee.[10][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "20.24 Fla. Stat. (2012)". www.leg.state.fl.us. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  2. ^ "Florida Electorate - State of Florida Organizational Chart" (PDF). www.oppaga.state.fl.us. OPPAGA. August 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "Department History". Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  4. ^ "DHSMV Statement of Agency Organization and Operation" (PDF). www.flhsmv.gov. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 31, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "DHSMV Statement of Agency Organization and Operation" (PDF). www.flhsmv.gov. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 29, 2017.
  6. ^ "Drivers Handbook". allfloridaroadtest.com. Retrieved January 27, 2021.[spam link?]
  7. ^ "Licensing Requirements". All Florida Safety Institute. Retrieved January 27, 2021.[spam link?]
  8. ^ a b "Department Overview." Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Retrieved on January 3, 2016.
  9. ^ "DHSMV Organizational Chart" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on November 25, 2017.
  10. ^ "Contact Information." Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Retrieved on August 30, 2009.
  11. ^ "DHSMV Office of Inspector General". www.flhsmv.gov. Archived from the original on December 6, 2017.

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