About Texas DPS

About the Texas Department of Public Safety

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is a department of the government of the state of Texas. DPS is responsible for statewide law enforcement and vehicle regulation. The Public Safety Commission oversees DPS. However, under state law, the Governor of Texas may assume personal command of the department during a public disaster, riot, insurrection, or formation of a dangerous resistance to enforcement of law, or to perform his constitutional duty to enforce law. The commission’s five members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Texas Senate, to serve without pay for staggered, six-year terms. The commission formulates plans and policies for enforcing criminal, traffic and safety laws, for preventing and detecting crime, for apprehending law violators and for educating citizens about laws and public safety. The DPS director and assistant director report to the commission. The director’s staff includes the Director, Steven McCraw who holds the rank of colonel, and Deputy Director David Baker, who holds the rank of lieutenant colonel.

The agency is headquartered at 5805 North Lamar Boulevard in Austin.

DPS is divided into thirteen divisions:

  • Administration
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Driver License
  • Education, Training & Research
  • Emergency Management
  • Finance
  • General Counsel
  • Texas Highway Patrol (State Police)
  • Information Technology
  • Intelligence and Counterterrorism
  • Law Enforcement Support
  • Regulatory Licensing
  • Texas Ranger Division