The divisions within a typical highway safety and motor vehicle department are responsible for issuing drivers' licenses and identification cards, registering motor vehicles and boats, and assisting motorists on highways. The licensing sector provides examinations for new drivers and supplies license renewals and replacements.
The registration office supplies new, renewed and replacement registrations. This office deals with license plates, parking permits and vehicle titles. The highway patrol provides information about road conditions and traffic crash sites. The highway patrol also deals with accidents and criminal behavior, such as theft and fraud, that occur on roads. The patrol enforces rules of the road for both personal and commercial vehicles, sometimes issuing citations.