The Highway Statistics Series consists of annual reports containing analyzed statistical information on motor fuel, motor vehicle registrations, driver licenses, highway user taxation, highway mileage, travel, and highway finance. These information are presented in tables as well as selected charts. It has been published annually since 1945.
Most highway data are submitted by the States directly to FHWA. Each State's data is analyzed for completeness, reasonableness, consistency, and compliance with data reporting instructions contained in "A Guide to Reporting Highway Statistics". While the Office of Highway Policy Information of FHWA is responsible for preparation of this publication, a number of the statistical summaries are prepared by other units within the FHWA
Federal legislation and policy has required this data from the States for FHWA to assess the health of the highway system for Congress, and other interested entities including a host of other users such as State and local governments, the private sector, the media, and the general public.