Press Releases

Joint Statement from the Department Of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and Florida Tax Collectors On Driver License / Identification Card Issuance

Over the last year, with the current contract for driver license and identification card (DL/ID) issuance expiring, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (Department) and Florida Tax Collectors, have worked together to explore all available options and review emerging technologies in which these credentials can be issued to our customers. One of the […]

The Florida Highway Patrol Announces New Deputy Director

~ Troop C Major promoted to Lt. Colonel ~ TALLAHASSEE– Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Director, Colonel Gene Spaulding, announced that Major Michael Thomas will be the new deputy director of the Patrol effective today, September 4, 2015. As Troop Commander of Troop C (Tampa area), Major Thomas acquired a great deal of experience and an […]

The Florida Highway Patrol Announces New Southern Region Chief

~ Troop D Major promoted to Chief ~ TALLAHASSEE– Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Director, Colonel Gene Spaulding, announced that Major Cynthia Williams will be the new Southern Region Chief of the Patrol effective September 4, 2015 and will lead FHP operations throughout South Florida. As the Troop Commander of Troop D since 2009 and Acting […]

Drowsy Driving is Dangerous Driving

~Snooze at home, not behind the wheel ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Driving while tired can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.  Fatigue behind the wheel can lead to loss of concentration and even falling asleep at the wheel, sometimes with tragic results.  Whether it’s due to lack of sleep or taking medication that makes […]

DHSMV Promotes Gene Spaulding to Florida Highway Patrol Director

~ 22 year veteran to lead the Patrol~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes has announced the promotion of Gene Spaulding to become the next Florida Highway Patrol Director, effective Aug. 21, 2015.  Colonel Spaulding brings 22 years of law enforcement knowledge and experience of serving […]

Florida Highway Patrol Releases Results from Multi-State Campaign

~ Zero fatalities during “Safe I-95” ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –For the second time this year, FHP participated in a multi-state awareness/ enforcement campaign called “Safe 95” on I-95 from August 4th – 9th.  The Patrol partnered with law enforcement agencies from every state on the east coast in an effort to keep I-95, one of […]

Be On The Look Out For “Living Caution Signs”

~ DHSMV promotes child safety awareness this month~      TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— With summer coming to an end and the school year right around the corner, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is promoting its Child Safety Awareness Month. The theme of this awareness campaign is “Every Child is a Human Caution Sign.” […]

Troopers Honored For Top DUI Enforcement

~ Hurd-Smith winner named at MADD ceremony ~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Trooper Jose Ramirez has been named the Florida Highway Patrol’s 2015 Hurd-Smith Award winner.  The award, given to the FHP trooper with the most Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests in a single year, was named in honor of two troopers who were killed […]

FHP Joins National Effort to Combat Aggressive Driving

~Patience is a virtue while traveling on the roads~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Beginning today, the Florida Highway Patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers will begin another phase of Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT), a safety campaign aimed at educating motorists about the dangers of aggressive driving when driving around large trucks on the road. “The […]

DHSMV Releases New and Redesigned License Plates

~Four new plates being shipped to tag offices this week~ TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Beginning this week, Floridians have four new designs from which to choose when purchasing a specialty license plate. The American Legion and the Florida Veterans of the Armed Services plates are recent additions to the selection of specialty tags, and the Tampa Bay […]