Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Motorist Compliance

For assistance, call 850-617-2500 or visit https://www.flhsmv.gov/contact-us/

What is the purpose of the program?

The Bureau of Motorist Compliance ensures that registered vehicles and vehicle owners are insured in compliance with Florida law.

What services does the program provide?

The program is organized under the department's Division of Motorist Services. It maintains insurance policy information obtained from insurance companies; enforces sanctions on people who violate highway safety laws; and ensures the assessment of people with medical conditions who are unable to operate a vehicle. It also monitors and regulates driver improvement schools, DUI programs, commercial driving schools, and Florida Motorcycle Rider Training ProgramsIn addition, the program coordinates safety publications (including the Class E and Commercial Driver License handbooks), the Automated Driver License Testing System, Class E skills tests, grant management, driver safety outreach, and research and evaluation of emerging safety trends.

How well does the program perform?

One of the program's primary goals is to ensure that all registered vehicles and owners are properly insured.  In Fiscal Year 2020-21, the department issued 507,551 suspensions of driving privileges involving 441,674 individuals for failure to maintain Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance and/or liability insurance.

How are these activities funded?

The Bureau of Motorist Compliance is funded as part of the Motorist Services budget entity.
Fiscal Year: 2022-23
Fund Dollars Positions
PROGRAM: MOTORIST SERVICES
MOTORIST SERVICES
129,315,074
1,418.00
TOTAL
129,315,074
1,418.00

Updates

Proof of Insurance. The 2022 Legislature enacted Ch. 2022-175, Laws of Florida, which requires the operator of a motor vehicle to provide proof of insurance if requested by a law enforcement officer. Any operator who is not the owner or registrant of the vehicle who violates this requirement commits a nonmoving traffic infraction. Any operator who is the owner or registrant and is charged with a violation of this requirement must furnish proof that insurance was in effect at the time of the violation at or before the scheduled court date or have their driver license suspended.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles - Selected Administrative Activities and Prior Audit Follow-Up - Operational Audit, Auditor General Report No. 2020-191, April 2020.
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles - Commercial Driver's License Program and Prior Audit Follow-Up - Operational Audit, Auditor General Report No. 2017-088, January 2017.
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' Office of Inspector General reports are available by contacting the inspector general at inspectorgeneral@flhsmv.gov.

Websites of Interest

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Office Locations
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Cabinet and Legislature Reports & Statistics
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Related Links
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, National Motor Vehicle Title Information System

Performance Information

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' Performance Dashboard tracks the department's performance in meeting the goals and standards associated with accomplishing its mission of safety and security through excellence in service, education, and enforcement.


Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapter 320, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Bureau of Motorist Compliance, 850-617-2500

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