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Randy Elliston

Randall “Randy” K. Elliston


Randy Elliston is director of the Vehicle Titles and Registration Division (VTR) of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

Elliston oversees the vehicle titling, registration, and license plate-related functions in the state of Texas. Annually, Texas issues almost 6 million titles, registers almost 22 million vehicles, and issues 8 million new and replacement specialty and general-issue plates.

The VTR Division also maintains the accuracy and security of the state’s motor vehicle database which contains more than 59.2 million records. These records are accessed by law enforcement more than 134 times per minute. VTR and its 254 tax assessor-collector partners collect $4.4 billion in fees and sales tax each year.

Elliston became the division’s director in 2010.

Elliston is a retired Chief of the Texas Highway Patrol with over 30 years of law enforcement experience with the Texas Department of Public Safety. He has experience in all areas of law enforcement including organizational structure, strategic planning, parking management, emergency management, training and professional development, staffing, personnel management and disciplinary processes, and budgeting. Elliston has extensive experience in working with and testifying before the Texas Legislature. He has also been a guest speaker in Texas and nationally, on topics relating to racial profiling and criminal interdiction.

Elliston holds a Bachelors degree from Baylor University in Criminal Justice, is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and holds a Master Peace Officer License issued by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education.

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