Press Releases

May 28, 2020
  • October 11, 2023
    AUSTIN – This October marks the first ever Fentanyl Poisoning Awareness Month in Texas as established by Governor Greg Abbott earlier this year. In order to help the state continue its fight against this dangerous and deadly drug, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is increasing its public awareness campaign and reminding Texans to take action now in order to help save lives.
  • October 10, 2023
    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responding to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s directive this week to work with local partners and federal intelligence agencies on heightened public safety measures in light of the recent attacks against Israel.
  • October 5, 2023
    AUSTIN – Three of Texas’ 10 Most Wanted offenders are back in custody following their recent arrests. Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Joshua Lockett was arrested September 29. Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders Clayton Starr and Daniel Buruato were both arrested September 27. A Crime Stoppers reward will be paid to a tipster who assisted in Lockett’s capture.
  • October 4, 2023
    AUSTIN – Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender Timothy Wayne Kirksey is October’s Featured Fugitive. The reward for information leading to his arrest has been increased to $4,000 if the tip is received in October.
  • September 15, 2023
    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is proud to recognize the hardworking men and women of the DPS Crime Laboratory Division during National Forensic Science Week, which takes place from Sept. 17-23. The week highlights the critical forensic science work taking place in labs across the country, including the 16 accredited DPS crime labs that serve the state of Texas.
  • September 12, 2023
    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announces the promotion of Texas Ranger Captain Wende O. Wakeman to the rank of major, making her the first female Ranger major in the organization’s storied two-hundred-year history.
  • September 8, 2023
    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Driver License (DL) Offices will reopen for regular business hours statewide on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, following the closure caused by the driver license system upgrade. Online services will also be available.
  • September 8, 2023
    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is now cancelling driver license appointments for Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, until 2 p.m. at many driver license offices statewide due to the ongoing upgrade of the driver license system. The only offices that will remain open for appointments at this time are the Garland Mega Center, Fort Worth Mega Center and Carrollton Mega Center.
  • September 7, 2023
     AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is cancelling driver license appointments for Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at many driver license offices statewide due to the ongoing upgrade of the driver license system. The only offices that will open with regular business hours on Friday are the Garland Mega Center, Fort Worth Mega Center and Carrollton Mega Center.
  • September 6, 2023
    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is cancelling all driver license appointments for Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, due to the ongoing upgrade of the driver license system. The upgrade is impacting all driver license services including renewing or replacing a driver license or identification card, obtaining a driver record and verifying eligibility.
  • September 5, 2023
    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is cancelling all driver license appointments for the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, between 7:30 and noon due to the ongoing upgrade of the driver license system. The upgrade is impacting all driver license services including renewing or replacing a driver license or identification card, obtaining a driver record and verifying eligibility.
  • September 5, 2023
    AUSTIN – Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive Steven Leifeste is this month’s Featured Fugitive. The reward for information leading to his arrest is increased to $6,000 for the month if the tip is received in September.
  • August 31, 2023
    The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announces the retirement of Lieutenant Colonel Jeoff Williams, North Texas Regional Director Hank Sibley and Aircraft Operations Division Chief Pilot Tim Ochsner.
  • August 31, 2023
    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is increasing enforcement for the Labor Day holiday and encouraging everyone to drive safely.
  • August 31, 2023
    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver License Division will be updating the driver license system over the upcoming Labor Day weekend.