April 30, 2018

Sunset Advisory Commission Reviews Texas Department Of Motor Vehicles


AUSTIN - The Sunset Advisory Commission just released annual staff reports for several agencies, including the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) looks forward to debating improvements to the DMV's title and registration services in the next session of the legislature.


"These reports allow us to take a deep dive into the inner workings of state agencies in order to make sure they are serving the purposes we created them for," said Guillen. "The DMV is vital to all Texans who own a car, so we must make sure they are carrying out their titling and registration responsibilities in a fair and efficient way."

State agencies in Texas usually have a built-in expiration date called a "sunset date." The Sunset Commission is tasked with periodically reviewing these agencies as they near their sunset date in order to recommend changes to the operation of the agency to increase its effectiveness or to recommend the agency be closed for good. Sunset Commission staff reports are reviewed by the Sunset Commission board, made up of members of the House and Senate, who then file legislation addressing some or all of the recommended changes.


The Department of Motor Vehicles was created in 2009 as a result of a recommendation of the Sunset Commission. The intent of this new department was to ensure that some functions like issuing vehicle titles, overseeing registrations, and regulating motor vehicles sales were given the needed attention and detail. Overall the department has accomplished these goals. However, the commission has highlighted several issues the department should address, including changing the composition of the board members, increasing security safe guards to identify and address vehicle title fraud, changing the enforcement process to address the biggest public risks,  bringing the department's licensing function up to standard with modern and common practices, and improving the overall IT infrastructure of the Department.

"These reports allow for legislators to implement the necessary laws and policies to keep our departments functioning appropriately and serving the people of Texas," said Guillen. "I look forward to a good debate next session."

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and