Press Releases


~Floridians are urged to register or update their emergency contact information~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and To Inform Families First (TIFF) are recognizing October as ECI Awareness Month and urge residents to register or update their emergency contact information (ECI). ECI is a state-supported, secure system […]


~ Florida Highway Patrol welcomes 68 new Troopers to the road ~   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the 139th basic recruit class of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) graduated from the FHP Training Academy. These 68 troopers join the more than 1,900 troopers who patrol Florida’s roads each day to provide safety and security to […]

STATEMENT: CFO Letter to Florida Legislature on Protecting Personal Information

If you are covering the recent letter from CFO Jimmy Patronis to the Florida Legislature, please contribute the following quote to DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes: “I thank CFO Patronis for taking the initiative to champion such an important issue. Protecting our customers’ personal identifying information is critical, which is why the department took […]

You Snooze, You Lose. Don’t Drive Drowsy!

~ Drowsy Driving Prevention Week reminds motorists to get enough rest to drive alert ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is leading the Drowsy Driving Prevention Week campaign starting this Labor Day weekend. DHSMV is partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Police […]

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

~Florida Highway Patrol participating in national enforcement campaign August 15 – September 3~  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaign, starting today, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will concentrate enforcement efforts on impaired driving through the Labor Day holiday. FHP joins law enforcement and highway safety […]

DHSMV Releases New Design of University of South Florida Specialty License Plate

~Newly redesigned USF specialty license plates available this month ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is pleased to announce the release of the newly redesigned specialty plate for the University of South Florida (USF). The new plate will be delivered to tax collector and tag agency offices […]

August is Child Safety Awareness Month

~ Motorists must take responsibility to ensure Florida’s most precious cargo can Arrive Alive ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This month, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is reminding motorists to focus on child safety on and around Florida roads and ensure all children are correctly buckled into a vehicle, every time. […]

Florida Highway Patrol Investigation Leads to Guilty Plea

~ Former tax collector employee sentenced to four years in prison ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As the result of a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Bureau of Investigations and Intelligence and Division of Motorist Services Quality Assurance Program investigation which began in 2016, Roberta Mary Cotton has pled guilty to one count of Scheme to Defraud […]

Florida Highway Patrol Breaks Ground at Florida’s Advanced Vehicle Operations and Training Complex

~ Facility designed to provide innovative training to state’s law enforcement officers ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Highway Patrol broke ground on the state’s Advanced Vehicle Operations and Training Complex at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Havana. The complex, which features a 1.4 mile driving track, will allow law enforcement officers to […]

Aggressive Drivers Think Twice

~ Practice patience when driving on the road~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Beginning today through June 28, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) commercial vehicle enforcement troopers will begin the safety campaign Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT). The campaign seeks to educate motorists about the dangers of aggressive driving around large trucks and reducing commercial motor […]