Texas Department of Public Safety
Courtesy - Service - Protection
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was created by the Texas Legislature in 1935 by combining the Texas Rangers and the Texas Highway Patrol and its mission is to protect and serve Texas, which it accomplishes with 3,489 commissioned officers comprised of Troopers, Special Agents and Texas Rangers, and 4,828 non-commissioned professionals.
The DPS motto is Courtesy, Service, Protection, and its core values are:
The DPS Goals are:
Texas Highway Patrol Division (THP) is responsible for general police patrol, traffic supervision, vehicle crash investigation, and criminal law enforcement on the rural highways of Texas. THP field operations are comprised of specialized services including Highway Patrol Service, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Service and Motor Carrier Bureau. Highway Patrol Service provides general police patrol, vehicle crash investigation, supervises traffic along the state's rural roads and highways, and provides safety education programs to the public. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Service enforces state laws and federal regulations governing the operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMV's) via police patrol on rural highways and conducting roadside inspections of CMV's, as well as conducting CMV inspections at fixed locations throughout the state and at nine inspection facilities located on the Texas-Mexico border. Motor Carrier Bureau develops statistical data from Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Service activity reports, creates motor carrier safety profiles from this data, transmits CMV inspection and crash data to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, performs compliance reviews and safety audits on motor carriers operating in Texas, and prepares enforcement cases and assesses administrative penalties on motor carriers for violations of applicable commercial vehicle regulations.
The Law Enforcement Support Division (LESD) is comprised of three main bureaus to include the Crime Lab, Crime Records and Public Safety Communications. LESD supports law enforcement agencies and citizens of Texas by providing them accurate, timely and responsive services that include biometric identification, access to criminal justice and emergency information, as well as technical assistance for LESD programs.
The Crime Laboratory Service assists law enforcement agencies by analyzing evidence from criminal cases, reporting findings, and testifying to those findings in criminal trials. Some assistance is also provided in collection of evidence from crime scenes. The Crime Lab is comprised of thirteen labs throughout the state of Texas.
The Crime Records Service operates and maintains statewide information systems that provide vital criminal justice information to authorized criminal and non-criminal justice users in the performance of their duties at the time it is needed and in usable format.
The Public Safety Communications Service provides communication services to Department personnel and disseminates emergency information to the Citizens of Texas. It supports the communications and technical assistance needs of first responders throughout the State of Texas and provides leadership in the planning and implementation of voice, data, and video interoperability.
The Driver License Division (DLD) is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the Texas driver license and meeting the agency’s goal of traffic safety through the examination of drivers, and the improvement and control of problem drivers. The division recognizes customers’ needs and demands for service have changed and stands ready to meet and exceed these expectations using innovative technology. The DLD is comprised of two services; Customer Operations and Customer Support.
Customer Operations is responsible for 237 full and part-time driver license offices statewide. These offices provide services for the examination of new drivers, and the improvement and control of problem drivers. Commissioned personnel are available in many driver license offices conduct original investigations of identity theft and fraud issues as well as arrest wanted persons who are detected through the license issuance process.
For a complete listing of locations, frequently asked questions and hours of operation, please visit our website at www.dps.texas.gov. Our website also provides information regarding the appropriate documents required when obtaining a driver license or identification card.
Customer Support is comprised of three services that are responsible for the administrative processes supporting the division’s licensing program and the dissemination of driver license related information to customers. The three services are identified as the License and Record Service, Enforcement and Compliance Service and Customer Service Center.
Intelligence and Counterterrorism (ICT) serves as the central clearinghouse for the collection, management, analysis, and targeted dissemination of law enforcement and homeland security intelligence in Texas, with a much-bolstered Texas Joint Crime Information Center (TxJCIC) as its core component.
The ICT Division was created by reassigning analytical and law enforcement personnel from other areas of the Department and realigning them to more effectively manage intelligence and focus personnel on high priority modern threats to Texas posed by Mexican drug trafficking organizations, transnational gangs, and foreign and domestic terrorism groups. ICT also manages the Texas Top 10 section, Missing Persons Clearinghouse, Texas Homeland Security Unit, as well as, the Infrastructure Protection component.
Additionally, the ICT Division provides real-time analytical support to DPS commissioned officers investigating border violence, drug trafficking, gang activity, and other crimes. This analytical support assists investigators in conducting operations aimed at disrupting and dismantling criminal organizations in Texas and protecting the citizens of Texas from foreign and domestic terrorists, gang violence and organized criminal activity.
The Division has formalized new concepts of operations, incorporated national guidelines for the Texas Joint Crime Information Center (TxJCIC) operations and set up command structures.
Chief among the Division's accomplishments was the implementation of reorganization plans and personnel shifts that have recast the TxJCIC in a central role as the primary input and output for intelligence information. All field units and partner agencies are now directed to submit information requests through the TxJCIC, including the six (6) Joint Operating Intelligence Centers along the Texas border, making communications efforts more efficient.
The ICT Division has taken steps to combine efforts with other regional fusion centers, as well as, federal agencies, local police, and sheriff departments involved in countering threats from terrorists and major criminal organizations such as transnational gangs.
In the arena of technology, the ICT Division has begun to address how best to enhance the databases at its disposal, including a study on how to integrate all of the ICT Division's myriad databases into a single integrated tool.
What is the Texas Joint Crime Information Center?
The Texas Joint Crime Information Center (TxJCIC) performs four essential functions. First, it integrates and analyzes information from disparate sources statewide to identify leads in high-priority incident investigations and identify links, associations, and non-obvious relationships in criminal enterprise and terrorism investigations. Second, the TxJCIC produces multi-agency intelligence assessments to increase understanding of the current and future threat environment, recognize trends and patterns in activity, and support a proactive approach to the prevention of crime and terrorism. Third, it provides situational awareness of relevant world incidents to law enforcement and homeland security leaders through 24-7-365 operation of the TxJCIC's Real-Time Watch Center. Finally, the TxJCIC develops and coordinates implementation of a multi-agency process that assesses and prioritizes the wide range of threats facing the state based on threat, vulnerability, and consequence.
Texas Joint Crime Information Center (TxJCIC) Accomplishments
One of the Texas Joint Crime Information Center's first significant actions as part of the new ICT Division was to take a leading role in support of the November 5, 2009 Fort Hood shootings investigation. As federal agencies were deploying for investigation in the immediate aftermath of the killings, the Texas Joint Crime Information Center (TxJCIC) played a key role in providing leads and intelligence information to investigators, through the Texas Rangers. As a result of work that went on 24/7, the center was able to help keep DPS's Criminal Investigations and Texas Ranger Division personnel, and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force moving in the right direction during the important early hours of the response.
In November 2014, the National Fusion Center Association presented the DPS' JCIC with the Fusion Center of the Year award, which recognizes centers that have provided exceptional services to their jurisdictions and exhibit outstanding best practices to the nation. ICT employees received the Fusion Center Employee of the Year award for exceptional services to the national network of fusion centers and The Michael Schooler Critical Infrastructure Protection Award for their efforts to promote the Texas Infrastructure Protection Plan and to increase private sector partnership within the program. Fusion centers serve as focal points within the state and local environment for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information between the federal government and state, local, tribal, territorial and private sector partners. There are 78 fusion centers located in states and urban areas across the country.
In March 2015 the 84th Texas Legislature recently recognized the Texas Joint Crime Information Center (TxJCIC) of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for being named the 2014 Fusion Center of the Year, and two TxJCIC employees, were also honored for individual achievements. As part of the acknowledgement, Representative Tony Dale presented House Resolution (HR) 748 during a reading on the floor of the House of Representatives, and last week, met in-person with award recipients at the Capitol to honor their accomplishments.
"I truly admire the members of the Texas Joint Crime Information Center who have committed their lives and careers to helping others, and I cannot overstate how crucial their work is to protecting public safety," said Representative Dale. "The Texas Legislature is grateful for their strong commitment to excellence, and it was a pleasure to honor their achievements and contributions to ensuring the safety and well-being of Texans."
"DPS has been entrusted with the tremendous responsibility of protecting the residents of this great state, and the Texas Joint Crime Information Center is a vital tool in helping us fulfill that duty," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "The men and women of the TxJCIC work around the clock every day to make our communities safer, and these prestigious awards and legislative recognition are an affirmation of their commitment to homeland security in Texas and the entire nation."
The TxJCIC has also provided key contributions in dozens of significant criminal cases throughout the state and plays an important role in the Department's border security operations.
Texas Rangers Division The Texas Ranger Division provides investigative assistance to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies within and outside the State of Texas. The Rangers conduct criminal and public integrity investigations, arrest criminals for violations of state and federal laws, suppress major disturbances, protect life and property, and renders assistance to local law enforcement officials in suppressing crime and violence. The Division has established an Unsolved Crimes Investigation Program to investigate unsolved murders and serial type crimes. In addition, the Rangers, along with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies conduct investigations to prevent terrorism and arrest subjects involved in acts of terrorism. The Division also has dedicated personnel to coordinate multi-agency Border Security operations, at six (6) Joint Operation Intelligence Centers (JOIC) located along the Texas/Mexico border, to enhance the Department's efforts in securing the border.
The Administration Division is responsible for Facilities, Fleet Operations, General Services, Human Resources, Victim and Employee Support Services, and Policy and Planning. Victim and Employee Support Services provides specialized resources for the prevention of, response to, and resolution of crime-related, work-related, and personal crisis situations for victims of crime, department employees and other law enforcement agencies.
The Emergency Management Division (EMD) is charged with carrying out a comprehensive all-hazard emergency management program for the State and for assisting cities, counties, and state agencies in planning and implementing their emergency management programs. A comprehensive emergency management program includes pre and post-disaster mitigation of known hazards to reduce their impact; preparedness activities, such as emergency planning, training, and exercises; provisions for effective response to emergency situations; and recovery programs for major disasters. EMD’s Public Information Office (PIO) responds to media inquiries, issue news releases and supports press conferences relating to emergency management programs. The PIO staff provides public education materials for citizen preparedness. The EMD web site (www.dps.texas.gov/dem/index.htm) provides a wealth of information on all phases of emergency management: planning, preparedness, training, response, recovery and mitigation.
The Director’s Staff is comprised of a Director and two (2) Deputy Directors. The following special sections report to the Directors: Finance, Office of General Counsel, Office of Audit and Inspection, Aircraft, Information Management Service, Internal Affairs, Public Information Office, the Employee Relations Officer and Legislative Liaison.
For a more detailed description of the Texas Department of Public Safety, please access our web site at: www.dps.texas.gov/.
DPS is committed to providing quality customer service. We pledge to:
Our Customer Relations Representatives, are responsible for directing your suggestions and or concerns to the appropriate department for review and response. Please feel free to contact any of the following at:
Texas Department of Public Safety
P.O. Box 4087
Austin, Texas 78773-0300
Some of DPS' responsibilities include licensing/registration for drivers, private security professionals, metal recycling entities and concealed handgun owners. In addition, DPS supervises the registration of controlled substances.
The Driver License Division is responsible for over 300 driver license offices throughout Texas. For a complete listing of locations, telephone numbers, frequently asked questions and hours of service, please visit our web site at www.dps.texas.gov. Our web site also provides information regarding the appropriate documents required when obtaining your driver license. Customer wait time will vary from office to office due to demographics (rural compared to metropolitan areas).
In an effort to increase customer service and decrease customer wait time in our driver license offices, the Department offers mail, online and telephone services to renew a driver license and identification card and also offers mail and online address changes and online driver record requests. (www.dps.texas.gov)
The Customer Service Contact Center is available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to answer driver license related calls and e-mail inquiries. The Contact Center frequently experiences high call volumes, therefore hold and wait times will vary. The telephone number and e-mail address to Customer Service is (512) 424-2600 and email@example.com.
Concealed Handgun Licensing of the Regulatory Services Division performs the licensing functions required of DPS by the Texas Concealed Handgun License Law, Chapter 411, Subchapter H, Government Code.
The Private Security Program of the Regulatory Services Division regulates the private security professions in Texas as outlined under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1702. Private security services include both armed and unarmed security guards, alarm companies, residential and public video security companies, armored cars and armored car couriers, private investigators, body guards, security consultants, locksmiths and electronic access control device installers, as well as the companies that employ these individuals.
The Regulatory Services Division also supervises controlled substances registration, administers official prescription forms for Schedule II controlled substances and supervises permits the transfer of laboratory apparatuses and chemical precursors. Procedures for obtaining Controlled Substances Registrations Official Prescription forms, and Precursor Chemical/Laboratory Apparatus Permits are outlined in the DPS Drug Rules. Please reference 37 TAC Chapter 13. You may reach the Regulatory Services Division at (512) 424-7293.
It is the policy of the Department to courteously receive and to investigate complaints concerning its employees. A formal complaint is defined as a formal written allegation against a member of the Department, which could result in disciplinary action up to and including termination, and which alleges one or more of the following:
Department policy and the Texas Government Code both require a copy of the formal complaint be presented to the employee within a reasonable time and before any disciplinary action may be imposed. At the final conclusion of the complaint investigation or administrative inquiry, the complainant and the employee will be given written notification of the outcome. If the process is not complete within 90 days, a status notification will be sent to both the complainant and the employee. For additional information regarding the DPS' Complaint Process, please visit our web site. Or, you may write or call:
Department of Public Safety
Office of Inspector General
13706 Research Blvd., Suite 100
Austin, TX 78750
Fax: (512) 424-5769
The personnel at DPS are continually striving to provide you with exceptional customer service. Please take a moment and visit our website to complete the online Customer Service Survey and let us know how we are doing. The survey is located on our DPS website address at www.dps.texas.gov.
For a detailed description of DPS, please visit our web site address. The following information is provided to give you a contact telephone number and/or email address for specific DPS services.
|DPS Services||Contact Phone Number and Email|
|Breath Alcohol Testing Bureau||(512) 424-5201
|Chief Auditors Office||(512) 424-2403
|Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Service||(512) 424-2116
|Communications Service||(512) 424-2119
|Crime Records Service
|Crime Laboratory Service||(512) 424-2105
Lab locations and contact information are listed at www.dps.texas.gov/CrimeLaboratory/Contact.htm
|Criminal History Record Information
|Driver License Division
Customer Service Bureau
Office locations, hours, and telephone
numbers are listed on our website www.dps.texas.gov.
|Drug Program||(512) 424-5046
|Emergency Management Service||(512) 424-2138
|Gang Program||(512) 424-5046
|Highway Patrol Service||(512) 424-2110
|Human Resources Bureau||(512) 424-5900
For current job vacancies visit
|Information Management Services||(512) 424-2260
|Internal Affairs||(512) 424-2015
|Media and Communications||(512) 424-2080
|Motor Carrier Bureau||(512) 424-2051
|Motorcycle Safety Unit||(512) 424-2021
|Polygraph Unit||(512) 424-7958
|Regulatory Services Division
Customer Contact Center
Capitol Access Pass, Concealed Handgun Licensing, Controlled Substances Registration, Ignition Interlock, Metals Registration, Private Security and Vehicle Inspection
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|Special Investigations Program||(512) 424-5046
|Texas Highway Patrol Division||(512) 424-2110
|Texas Ranger Division||(512) 424-2160
|Training Academy||(512) 424-5780