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 permanently. 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.

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

Log Into MyDMV

Sign Up for MyDMV

See the Records Request Navigator 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

Allow 5 business days for processing requests made through the Navigator.

Can I get my driving record by phone or at a DMV office?

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

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

Can I get another person's driving record?

Yes,  online through the Records Request Navigator.

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


  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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.