Dividend stocks have never been more popular among investors seeking to boost the amount of income they get from their investment portfolios. But it can be tough to be sure that the dividend stock you choose will keep delivering solid income for years to come.

In the following video, Motley Fool investment planning editor Lauren Kuczala talks with longtime Fool contributor and financial planner Dan Caplinger about choosing dividend stocks that will provide dependable income. Dan notes that while high yields can be attractive, you should also seek out stocks with histories of maintaining and even increasing dividend payouts over time. He identifies one promising list on which you'll find several stocks that pass the long-term dividend test of time, and goes through some well-known names to consider along with some lesser-known but equally attractive dividend stocks.

Neither Fool investment planning editor Lauren Kuczala nor Fool contributor Dan Caplinger has any position in any stocks mentioned. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DanCaplinger. The Motley Fool recommends Coca-Cola, Emerson Electric, and PepsiCo. The Motley Fool owns shares of PepsiCo. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.