Working to provide a safe and secure environment for the public through courteous, quality and professional services.
About the Department of Public Safety
Since its formation in 1937, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) has grown into a multi-service safety and law enforcement organization. DPS is led by the Commissioner of Public Safety, who is appointed by the Governor, with the approval of the Oklahoma State Senate. The department is staffed by nearly 1500 civilian and uniformed employees across the state.
The Administrative Services division provides support and management in the areas of wrecker services, finances, information services, legal, records management, human resources, property management, and size and weights permits.
The Driver's License Services (DLS) division is responsible for new and renewed driver's licenses; this division also manages the suspension, denial, cancellation, revocation or disqualification of individual driving privileges and the enforcement of driver's financial responsibility laws and the state’s compulsory insurance law.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) provides safety and protection for drivers on Oklahoma highways, as well as other specialized law enforcement services including commercial vehicle enforcement, lake patrol, Capitol patrol, bomb squad, and executive security for the Governor and his/her family, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Governor’s mansion.
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) is responsible for developing an annual statewide plan to decrease fatalities and injuries on Oklahoma roadways. The OHSO administers federal highway safety funds in the form of projects with state and local agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private contractors.
The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (OLETS) division provides a statewide telecommunications network for city, county, state, federal, and military law enforcement and criminal justice agencies in the state. OLETS also provides computer interfaces with several state and national agencies and organizations.
The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) is responsible for protecting the state from terrorist attack and for responding to attacks, should they occur.
In summary, the goal of DPS is provide service and protection, uphold the laws, and promote a safe and secure environment for Oklahomans.