Thank you for visiting the Department of Public Safety (DPS) website. The DPS is a regulatory, licensing and inspection agency, charged with the oversight of numerous activities, businesses, and professions. Additionally, the DPS provides administrative and legal assistance to ten different boards and commissions. Our goal is to ensure the safety of the public and to instill confidence in the safety of each of the regulated disciplines. As an executive agency, the Department is managed by a Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor. The DPS reports directly to the secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
Each of the areas subject to DPS oversight is listed in the homepage . For more information, please click on the link in the homepage to the area that interest you. Each individual page contains all license applications, laws and regulations, information, and other documents and applications that you will need relative to that discipline.
Thomas Gatzunis serves as the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. As Commissioner of Public Safety, Mr. Gatzunis is responsible for all statutes, regulations and policies concerning public safety in Massachusetts and oversees a staff of over 100 people.
During his tenure as Commissioner, the Department implemented emergency regulations for amusement devices, cross trained all building and engineering inspectors to conduct amusement inspections, developed a 48-hour turnaround for new elevator inspections and a legislative strategy to bring the Department into the 21 st century.