Texas DMV

Overview of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is a dynamic state agency dedicated to customer service, consumer protection and the success of motor vehicle-related industries.

It is one of only a handful of state agencies that brings in more revenue for the state than it expends on its own operations. For every $1 the department spends, it collects an additional $10 for other state purposes. Most of the additional funds are used to build and maintain the state’s transportation infrastructure.

The TxDMV is overseen by a nine member, governor-appointed board that is the agency’s policy-making arm. Daily operations are overseen by the agency’s executive director.

Each year the agency registers almost 24 million vehicles; regulates vehicle dealers; credentials buses and big trucks for intrastate and interstate commerce; issues oversize and overweight permits; and awards grants to law enforcement agencies to reduce vehicle burglaries and thefts.

The agency was created by the state legislature in 2009 and became operational on Nov. 1, 2009.

The TxDMV mission is, “to serve, protect and advance the citizens and industries in the state with quality motor vehicle related services.”