How to get my own driving record (abstract)

See information below on different types of driving records (abstracts) and how to order them. 

There is no difference between a driving record you order online, at an office or by mail.  They are all certified DMV records. They all include a certification statement and the signature of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, as well as the same security watermark.


There are 3 types of driving records

Standard driving records

'Standard' driver license abstracts only contain information that DMV is required to keep. In many cases, this will be information related to your record for the past few years. Certain violations will be displayed longer, or permanttly. See more about Standard driving records.


Lifetime driving records

'Lifetime' driving records contain all the license information DMV currently has available about a driver, regardless of the data retention requirements found in Vehicle and Traffic Law. It may not include information that dates back to when a driver was initially granted driving privileges. See more about Lifetime driving records.


Commercial (CDL) driving records

'CDL' driving records show expanded driver history information, including convictions, suspensions, revocations and other actions in any state in any type of vehicle. They also provide Medical Certification Status and Self-Certification information. Employers or organizations can get CDL abstracts for enrolled drivers through the New York DMV License Event Notification Service (LENS). See more about CDL driving record abstracts.


Order online through MyDMV 

You can save and print a PDF version of your Standard, Lifetime or CDL driving record abstract through MyDMV. You will have 5 days after your order to download it. The fee is $7.

To create a MyDMV account, you will need your most recent New York State driver license, permit, or non-driver ID. 

Sorry, you must order by mail if you do not have

  • a New York State license, permit, or non-driver ID or
  • your most recent New York State license, permit, or non-driver ID 1

Make sure your computer and web browser have all recent updates to avoid problems downloading your record.  

Go to MyDMV


By mail (Standard and Lifetime)

Sorry, you cannot order CDL driving record by mail.  

To order your Standard or Lifetime driving record, send 

  • a completed Request for DMV Records (PDF) (MV-15)
  • a photocopy of your proof of identity 2
  • a personal check or money order for $10.00 payable to "Commissioner of Motor Vehicles"


MV-15 Processing
NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY  12228

If you would like to order your record at the same time you renew your license, mark the blue box on your renewal notice and add the $10.00 search fee to your renewal fee.



At a DMV office (Standard)

Sorry, you cannot get CDL or Lifetime abstracts at a DMV office.

To request your Standard driving record at a DMV office, bring

Find a DMV office near you



At the DMV Customer Service Counter in Albany 

You can request driving record abstracts at the DMV Customer Service Counter in Albany. You must provide your proof of identity and pay the $10.00 search fee.  You must certify that you have a DPPA permissible use.  Use the Request for Driving Record Information (PDF) (MV-15C) to request a driving record abstract at

Customer Service Counter
Room 136
Swan Street Building
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY  12228


By phone - not permitted

We are sorry, but you cannot order a driving record by phone. 


Order another person's records

See instructions to order the driving record of another person. 

  • 1. You will need the document number (see sample documents) from your most recently issued document. If you renewed or ordered yours recently and have not received it in the mail yet, you will need to wait for it to arrive before you can create a MyDMV account.
  • 2. This can either be a driver license or other government-issued photo ID card (you can black out your photo) or 6 points of identification. See the DMV Document Guide.
  • 3. This can either be a driver license or other government-issued photo ID card (you can black out your photo) or 6 points of identification. See the DMV Document Guide.
  • 4. Cash, credit cards, personal checks and money orders accepted. Make checks and money orders payable to "Commissioner of Motor Vehicles."

For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.