Motor Vehicles, Department of

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All amounts are in dollars
Category Available
Change From
State Operations 128,922,000 119,562,000 -9,360,000 38,154,200
Aid To Localities 17,264,000 19,540,000 2,276,000 35,004,000
Capital Projects 231,782,000 219,035,000 -12,747,000 2,500,000
Total 377,968,000 358,137,000 -19,831,000 75,658,200

Full-Time Equivalent Positions (FTE)
Program 2008-09
Estimated FTEs
Estimated FTEs
FTE Change
Administrative Adjudication
    Special Revenue Funds - Other 430 430 0
Clean Air
    Special Revenue Funds - Other 261 261 0
Compulsory Insurance
    Special Revenue Funds - Other 202 202 0
Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
    Special Revenue Funds - Federal 19 19 0
Transportation Safety
    Special Revenue Funds - Other 3 3 0
Transportation Support
    Capital Projects Funds - Other 1,946 1,961 15
Total 2,861 2,876 15

Note: Most recent estimates as of 12/16/08.


The Department of Motor Vehicles is a customer-oriented agency whose employees and partners work together to promote traffic safety, protect consumers, provide information services, and collect revenues for the benefit of the people of this state.

Budget Highlights

The Executive Budget recommends $358 million All Funds ($0 General Fund, $358 million Other Funds) for the Department of Motor Vehicles. This is a decrease of $20 million All Funds ($0 General Fund, $20 million Other Funds) from the 2008-09 budget. This net change reflects the fully annualized financial management plan savings implemented by the Department during 2008-09, which include personal service savings resulting from the hiring freeze and limitations on non-personal services spending. The decrease is also a result of additional savings actions recommended by the Executive Budget. Budget actions include authorizing the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to replace the Non-Commercial Driver’s License written examination with completion of either a 5-hour pre-licensing course or a driver education course as the prerequisite to obtain a driver’s permit, saving the Department approximately $1.4 million. The Executive Budget recommendations also include an increase of $3.2 million of Federal funds due to a projected increase in grants to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Commission.

The Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund, supported primarily by revenues from motor vehicle fees, highway use and motor fuel taxes, will fund $219.1 million, or 61 percent of DMV’s budget. The balance is financed by Federal funds and special revenue funds supported by various fees and fines. The Executive Budget includes several actions to increase revenues deposited in the Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund and the General Fund. Major revenue actions include:

  • Increasing Registration Fees: The 2009-10 Executive Budget recommends increasing most registration fees by twenty-five percent. This increase will be directed to the Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund to reduce the subsidy from the General Fund. New revenues are projected to total $60.5 million in SFY 2009-10 and $103.7 million thereafter.
  • Increasing License Document Fees: The Executive Budget recommends increasing license fees by twenty-five percent and directing the increase to the Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund to reduce the subsidy from the General Fund. New revenues are projected to total $21.9 million in 2009-10 and $37.6 million in 2010-11.
  • Reissue License Plates: The Executive Budget recommends a license plate fee increase of ten dollars and implementing a license plate reissuance. The increase in revenue will generate $129 million, for the State’s General Fund, over the 2010-11 and 2011-12 fiscal years.

The Executive Budget recommends a staffing level of 2,876 FTEs for the Department of Motor Vehicles; an increase of 15 from the reduced 2008-09 budget following financial management plan savings. This change reflects staffing needed to accommodate an anticipated large cyclical increase in the department’s drivers’ license renewals, which facilitates revenue collection.

2009-10 Executive Budget — Agency Presentation
Motor Vehicles, Department of (PDF)