DMV Records

Your own records


See how to order a certified copy of your 'Standard' driving record, which shows your record information for the minimum length of time as defined in the Vehicle and Traffic Law. Your 'Lifetime' driving record will display information still in DMV’s possession regardless of the data retention requirements found in Vehicle and Traffic Law.



Another person's records


Crash (accident) reports

File a report

You are required by the NY State Vehicle and Traffic Law to file an accident report if you are involved in any accident where there is damage to the property of one individual (including yourself) that is more than $1,000.  The report must be filed within 10 days.

Search for and get a report

DMV keeps accident reports for only 4 years from the date of the accident, except for rare instances that are described in Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 201(i). You can search and order reports online. 


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