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Motor Vehicle-Related Activities Performed by the Licenses, Titles, Regulations Program Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Report No. 01-03, January 2001
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The purpose of the program’s motor vehicle-related activities is to increase consumer protection and public safety through licensing systems that title and register motor vehicles, vessels, and motor homes, regulate vehicle and mobile home dealers and manufacturers; and efficiently collect revenue. The program’s primary public benefits are protecting consumers, assisting the law enforcement community, and serving as a source of revenue to support its costs and those of other state programs.

We found that

  • the program’s budget structure does not accurately portray the resources used for licensing and regulating motor vehicle dealers and manufacturers;
  • additional program activities could be outsourced;
  • program compliance and enforcement activities could be more financially self-sufficient;
  • although Florida has several controls over rebuilt motor vehicle title fraud, these controls need strengthening to better protect consumers;
  • the program’s practice of over-sampling tax collectors’ title work for quality control is an inefficient use of its limited resources; and
  • the department’s redesign of its information technology and business practices for issuing titles and registrations has improved its efficiency.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Motor Vehicle Field Operations
Mobile Home Inspections
Issuance Oversight
Commercial Vehicle and Driver Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-02 Motor Vehicle Electronic Filing System Is Beneficial But Stronger Oversight Needed,published in January 2010.
  • Report No. 02-52 Progress Report: Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Addresses Most Driver License Recommendations, published in October 2002.
  • Report No. 02-51 Progress Report: Some Motor Vehicle Services Recommendations Addressed; No Action Taken on Outsourcing Mobile Home Regulation, Subsidies from Title Fees, and Rebuilt Vehicle Disclosure, published in October 2002.
  • Report No. 01-02 Justification Review: Driver License-Related Activities Performed by the Licenses, Titles, and Regulations Program Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, published in January 2001.
  • Report No. 98-64 Assessing Privatization In State Agency Programs, published in February 1999.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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