Every state has a government agency responsible for regulating
vehicles and drivers. In many states, this agency is called the DMV
(Department of Motor Vehicles) or the MVC (Motor Vehicle Commission).
In Texas, these services are handled by the Department of Public
Safety, or DPS. In addition to being responsible for issuing
driver's licenses, Texas DPS is also responsible for disaster response
and for law enforcement at the state level. To accomplish these
functions, the department is carved up into 6 divisions:
Administration, Driver License, Criminal Law Enforcement, the Highway
Patrol, the Texas Rangers and the Governor’s Division of Emergency
The Texas Department of Public Safety was created in 1935, when the
Texas Rangers and the Highway Patrol were organized into a single
department. Read more...
DPS Office Locations
Find a DPS Office in your area. Read more...
Each division of the Texas DPS has a different set of duties and
performs a different set of services for the public. For example, the
Administration Division handles employee training, maintains criminal
records and handles criminal record requests, and screens applicants
for concealed handgun licenses. Read more...
Online DPS Services
Many common requests can be completed online at the Texas DPS website,
if you have a credit card to pay the associated fees. For example, you
can request a copy of your driving record online, renew your license or
change your address, renew your vehicle registration, pay
driver responsibility surcharges, apply for a concealed handgun permit,
and more. Read more...
Texas Drivers License Guide
The most common reason for the average person to interact with the
Texas DPS is to get a driver's license. If this is your fist time ever
applying for a driver’s license, you will need to pass a vision test,
written exam and a road test to receive a license. Read more...