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Carl Ford is the new Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles

CONTACT: Robert Sanchez
Public Information Administrator

July 5, 2001

TALLAHASSEE – Carl Ford, 47, is the new Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. He succeeds Tom Joyce, 72, who is retiring today.

Ford will lead a 498-person Division that has numerous responsibilities. They include regulating auto dealerships, maintaining a database on more than 19 million registered vehicles and vessels, and working hand-in-hand with Florida’s 67 county tax collectors. The tax collectors are the state’s partners in registering vehicles, issuing titles, and distributing license plates.

A native of Homerville, Ga., and a long-time Florida resident, Ford attended Tallahassee Community College and Barry University. He joined the Department’s Information Systems Administration (ISA) in 1984 and has worked in technical support of the Florida Highway Patrol and the Division of Driver Licenses as well as the division he will lead.

"I believe that the breadth of Carl Ford’s experience will help to advance the agency-wide teamwork that’s essential for excellent customer service," said DHSMV Executive Director Fred O. Dickinson, who selected Ford for the position.

While working with the ISA in support of the Division of Motor Vehicles since 1993, Ford used his technological expertise to oversee the modernization of the Division’s huge database. Under Ford’s guidance, the Division in January of 2001 also began offering motorists the convenience of on-line renewals of their vehicle registrations.

"I hope to lead the Division of Motor Vehicles to become one of the most progressive and efficient DMVs in the country through the use of technology," Ford said.

An avid golfer, Ford and his wife, Felecia, have three grown children.

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