DPS News

Romance Scams

Posted on: February 9th, 2022

According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), in 2020 alone, people who experienced romance scams lost over $600M. Victims of romance scams in Utah lost over $6 million. Romance scams occur when a criminal adopts a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection and trust. The scammer then uses the illusion of […]

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2021 – Cyber Crime in Utah

Posted on: October 28th, 2021

We’ve been sharing information about how you can DO YOUR PART – BE CYBER SMART throughout the month of October. We thought we’d close out this Cybersecurity Awareness Month with information about cybercrime in Utah and throughout the nation. In Utah in 2020, there were 4,926 victims of cybercrime (50% increase from 2019), and $47,113,946 […]

Utah Driver License and ID Cards to Get a New Look

Posted on: June 16th, 2021

New Design to Help Prevent Fraud and Protect Identities What’s new The Utah Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Driver License Division will begin issuing a new, more secure driver license and identification card design. Utah’s new design advances fraud protection measures compared to the old design and improves the security of the physical license. DPS […]

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New Mobile Driver License to Offer Utahns Enhanced Privacy

Posted on: April 20th, 2021

Pilot Project Set to Begin for 100 Participants The Utah Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Driver License Division (DLD) is taking the first steps toward moving Utahns’ identities out of their wallets and into the 21st century with the initiation of a mobile driver license (mDL) and identification card pilot program. In addition to the […]

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Real ID: what you need to know

Posted on: March 26th, 2020

Flying with a REAL ID REAL ID deadline extended. Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security has extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline. The new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is May 3, 2023. Read the announcement. Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will […]

Utah Department of Public Safety Encourages Utahns to Utilize Online and Mail-In Services

Posted on: March 17th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (March 16, 2020) — As part of the statewide efforts to limit the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging Utahns to utilize the many online and mail-in services that the department provides.  Online services available from DPS include the following: Driver license and ID […]

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Utah Highway Patrol Public Notice for Unclaimed/Found Property

Posted on: October 1st, 2019

The Utah Highway Patrol currently holds various unclaimed and found properties. This includes backpacks, bikes, camping gear, clothing, electronics, firearms/weapons, currency, jewelry, purses, recreational gear, suit cases and tools. Ownership must be proven in the form of receipts and/or detailed description within nine (9) days of this posting. For information, please contact the evidence room at 801-262-0449. 

New DPS Administration

Posted on: October 19th, 2018

New Commissioner for the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS), Jess L. Anderson, has made new appointments within the Department. Among the new appointments made by Commissioner Anderson are two new Deputy Commissioners, a Lieutenant Colonel and Chief Special Agent. Kristy Rigby – Deputy Commissioner: Prior to her appointment as Deputy Commissioner, Kristy has served […]

DPS Monthly Highlights

Posted on: September 12th, 2018

The DPS Monthly Highlights are not meant to be comprehensive reports of all of our department’s activities – that would be quite a voluminous publication. While everything that every DPS employee does every day is high-impact, this document seeks to capture various elements of what our Department does each month. The scope of our responsibilities […]

Volunteer Victim Advocates Needed

Posted on: July 10th, 2018

Are you a compassionate person who is interested in helping your community by assisting individuals who have been a victim or witness to a crime? Do you want to learn more about law enforcement and the criminal justice system? The Utah Department of Public Safety is seeking volunteers for the Victim Services Volunteer Program. As […]