Open Government

Open Government/Public Records

Public Records Request – Florida’s public records laws are very broad, and most documents and records are available to the public. However, the laws exempt specific personal information contained in a motor vehicle record from public disclosure requirements. A motor vehicle record includes driver licenses, titles, registrations and identification cards issued by the Department.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides information throughout its Web site, including online driver license and motor vehicle checks. Other reports such as driver histories, motor vehicle histories and crash reports can be ordered. The Department maintains the Florida driver license, motor vehicle and related databases, which are queried and updated in real time as citizens are issued licenses and registrations at the more than 400 locations throughout the state. These databases are generally available 24 hours each day for retrieval of driver and vehicle related data by law enforcement, businesses and interested parties except during brief outages scheduled for required system maintenance.

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DHSMV Organization – Want to learn more about how our team is organized? Click here to view our organizational chart (pdf 15 kB) .

Budget – How does DHSMV spend taxpayer money? The budget for the current fiscal year can be viewed here.

Fiscal Impact —  DHSMV provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department’s work positively impacts nearly every Floridian in a variety of ways that include helping other state and local agencies with resources that contribute to essential services for the people of Florida. To see how, click here.

Legislative Budget Request – To plan for the next fiscal year, each agency submits a proposed budget to the Florida State Legislature. State legislators use these requests to draft and approve a budget each year (in fact, it’s the only bill they are required by law to approve each session). Click here to view our legislative budget request for the next fiscal year.

Legislative Priorities – Like our legislative budget request, we submit our legislative priorities to the Florida State Legislature. These priorities include new or proposed changes to Florida laws that we deem important to motorists in Florida and an improvement to the way we serve state government. To view our proposed legislative budget for the session click here.

Public Records – Need to make a public records request? Florida’s Public Records Law is found at Chapter 119 Florida Statutes. It permits inspection or copying non-exempt public records. There is a per copy cost of 15 cents per page, unless provided otherwise by statute, and the extensive use of clerical or supervisory time (in excess of 30 minutes) may result in added labor costs. All costs must be paid in advance of providing copies, unless other satisfactory arrangements are made.

Questions, comments, or complaints regarding the highway patrol, driver licenses, tags and titles, please refer to the Contact Us page for further assistance.

If you would like to request a public record, use the following list and keywords to locate the best contact.

Division of Motorist Services (driver license public records requests; tag, title or registration records requests pertaining to vehicles, boats/vessels or mobile homes; statewide crash statistics)
Bureau of Records
2900 Apalachee Pkwy, MS 89
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0500
(850) 617-2702

Human Resources (personnel and employment-related issues)
Candace McWilliams
2900 Apalachee Pkwy, MS 30
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0500
(850) 617-3210

Agency Purchasing and Contracting (agency term contracts, agency purchasing policies and online purchasing and vendor bid announcements).
2900 Apalachee Pkwy, MS 31
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0500
(850) 617-3203

Performance Management(strategic planning, performance management, department policies and grant advisory services)
Larry Gowen
2900 Apalachee Pkwy, MS 04
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0500
(850) 617-3033

Legislative Affairs (legislative issues)
2900 Apalachee Pkwy, MS 39
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0500
(850) 617-3195

Office of Financial Management (budgetary and revenue issues)
Susan Carey
2900 Apalachee Pkwy, MS 26
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0500
(850) 617-3201

Office of Inspector General Click here for more information
Julie Leftheris
2900 Apalachee Pkwy, MS 03
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0500
(850) 617-3104

Administrative Services (finance and accounting, office services, purchasing and contracts, real estate services)
2900 Apalachee Pkwy, MS 20
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0500
(850) 617-3400

Information Systems Administration or ISA (technology)
2900 Apalachee Pkwy, MS 11
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0500

Florida Highway Patrol (highway patrol records request)
Captain Jeff Bissainthe
2900 Apalachee Pkwy, MS 44
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0500
(850) 617-2301