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NYS DRIVING RECORD

This firm is on-line with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. The attorney can, with your written consent,  retrieve, review and obtain the information contained on your driving record and advise you about suspensions, clearing suspensions, convictions, and  improvement.

The Information on New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Records includes

Accidents, convictions, suspensions and revocations.
Accidents, convictions for moving violations, and the suspensions or the revocations of your driver license remain on your driver record for these time periods:

  • A moving violation convictions or an accident is reported on a driver record during the year that the conviction or the accident occurred. (Note: The DMV uses the year when the conviction occurred, not the year when the violation occurred.)
  • The DMVremoves most convictions and accidents from a driver record on January 1 of the fourth year after the year of the conviction or the accident. For example, an accident or a conviction that occurred during 2015 remains on the driver record until January 1, 2019.
  • A conviction that is alcohol-related or drug-related (for example, DWI or DWAI) remains on a driver record for exactly 10 years. If a driver is convicted of the same violation during that 10 years, the driver can receive additional penalties.
  • There are other convictions and accidents of a serious type that can remain on a driver record for more than 10 years. 
  •  A suspension or a revocation of a driver license that was not cleared or not terminated remains on a driver record indefinitely.
  • A suspension or a revocation that was cleared or terminated remains on a driver record for four years from the date the suspension or revocation was terminated. (Note: The DMV uses the year when the suspension or the revocation was cleared or terminated, not the year when the suspension or the revocation began.)


Driver Abstract

A driver abstract shows:

  • the name, the date of birth, and the mailing address of the driver;
  • the driver license class, endorsements, and restrictions;
  • the current status and the expiration date of the driver license;
  • any suspensions or revocations of the driver license; accidents, and moving violation convictions.

The DMV collects your Social Security Number (SSN) when you apply for a NYS driver license. Your SSN does not appear on records or documents issued by the DMV.

Note: The DMV lists an accident on the records of every driver in the accident. An accident that appears on a driver record does not assign the fault to that driver. The DMV does not determine the fault in an accident.

The DMV normally deletes a driver record after the driver license expires and is not renewed for five years. An incident that appears on the record can require the DMV to keep the record for more than five years. (More information is available below.)

If you take a road test to receive your original NYS driver license, your driver record displays a “probation start” date and a “probation end” date. These dates are displayed on your driver record for nine years.

The probation start date is the date that you passed your road test. The probation start date is normally the date that your first NYS driver license was issued. (The probation start date can also be the date that you passed a required road test after a revocation.)

An abstract of your driver record that is printed within nine years of the probation end date will display the probation dates. An abstract of your driver record that is printed more than nine years after the probation end date does not display the probation dates.

A driver who exchanges a driver license from another state or a Canadian province to receive a NYS driver license does not serve a probation period. The abstract of the NYS driver record does not display a probation start date or a probation end date.

If the abstract of your driver record does not display the probation dates, the DMV cannot provide information about the date that your first driver license was issued.