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The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (NY DMV) is the agency in charge of all driving records. They provide these records to individuals who want a copy of their own and companies performing background checks, verifying insurance information, or other purposes.
The state provides three types of reports. They are a standard driving record, a commercial driver's license (CDL) driving record, and a lifetime driving record. When requesting someone else's history, the person must provide proof of eligibility, the person's consent using a special form, and they must comply with all Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) laws.
Driver records in New York contain personally identifiable information (PII) such as the driver's name, address, social security number, date of birth, eye and hair color, and height and weight. If the person has a CDL, it may also contain medical information. The records also contain driving record information such as car accidents, license status, license class, endorsements, restrictions, traffic violations, parking tickets, citations, moving violations, any DUIs, and other details.
The state of New York provides a few different ways that requestors can obtain copies of driving history reports.
An individual can get a copy using the online portal MyDMV. When ordering online, the requestor must pay by credit card and can then print a copy of their driving abstract.
They may also download the correct form (MV-15 or MV-15C) and send it in with payment by mail. They can pay by personal check and mail the completed application to:
NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12228
A NY driver may also visit any local DMV office to obtain a drivers record called a driver abstract. They will need to bring proof of identity (driver's license or other ID), payment (cash, check, money order, credit card), and a completed application.
Anyone requesting a copy of someone else's records can get a copy using a dial-in service, or if they need them frequently, they can sign up for the state's License Event Notification Service (LENS). They may also contact the Freedom of Information Act (FOIL) office to get a copy using the MV-FOIL form.
Individuals can get a copy of their standard, CDL, or lifetime driving abstract for $7 when ordering online. They will have five days to download and print the report before it expires.
If they order through the mail, the cost for each record is $10 and may be paid by personal check or money order. The fee is also $10 if they visit a DMV office to get records.
Bulk users of the LENS system may be exempt (law enforcement and government agencies), but others like employers must pay $10 per record. There is no discount for bulk records.
When moving to New York, new residents have 30 days to turn in their out-of-state driver's license and apply for a NY one. Prior to applying, most new drivers will need to complete a 5-hour Pre-Licensing Course and pass a driving test. Drivers must be 16 before applying for their Junior license. Then they can apply for a Senior license when they turn 17.
Some restrictions for a Junior license include:
The state has a demerit point system, and some typical violations are:
The state of NY has three different types of driving records. They offer a standard (limited time frame) report, a CDL for commercial drivers, and a lifetime record that goes back to when they first got their license.
According to the NY DMV, the standard driving abstract will show only the last few years of information, including:
According to the NY DMV, the information contained on a CDL report includes:
A lifetime driving record will contain all the information from the standard report but will go back until the person first obtained their driver's license.
Criminal driving offenses are very serious and will result in harsh punishments, including steep fines, jail time, the loss of a driver's license, and sometimes even court-ordered programs such as taking a defensive driving course or community service.
A few offenses that will result in a mandatory suspension or revocation are:
According to the NY DMV, "Your driver license will also be suspended indefinitely if you fail to file an accident report, submit a bad check or incur a credit card chargeback for DMV fees, fail to pay child support, fail to pay taxes or fail to fulfill a court judgment that results from a traffic accident. This suspension will be in effect until you correct the condition that led to the suspension."
Insurance providers often use driver records to set insurance premiums and decide to insure drivers or not. Criminal driving offenses may hinder someone's ability to get insured.
Civil driving offenses are far less serious, usually resulting in only a warning or a ticket the driver must pay. Some examples of civil driving offenses in the state are:
The state of New York keeps track of all driving events so that they can devise programs to improve driver safety on all roads and highways. Some interesting driving statistics for the state include:
Below are some frequently asked questions about state driving records.
Anyone with a signed consent form can get a copy of your record. They must, however, comply with DPPA laws.
Yes. Individuals can use the MyDMV online system to quickly and easily get a copy. The report will only remain available for five days to copy or print, though.
When ordering a copy, you will need a copy of your ID (driver's license), social security number, and birth date.
Yes, and they dole out points for violations. If a person earns too many points quickly, they may lose their license.
Below are some helpful state driving record links.
Disclaimer: The materials presented here are for informational purposes only. The information is taken from state and local resources, and is current as of the most recent site update. Changes made by state and local departments and agencies after our latest update may render some information and fees outdated, and may cause links to break and forms to be unavailable. Infotracer strongly encourages you to visit the relevant state and local resources to ensure you have the most recent information.