Get my own lifetime driving record

What is a "lifetime" driving record?

See an explanation of "lifetime" driving records issued by the New York DMV.


How do I get a “lifetime” driving record?

You must request that your driving record history (also called a “lifetime driving record” or “lifetime abstract”) be sent to you by mail.

Only you, someone you have given written permission to, or by subpoena, may request this type of driving record.  You must use the General Consent for Release of Personal Information (pdf) (MV-15GC) to establish that such permission has been given.

To get your driving record history, use Request for DMV Records (pdf) (MV-15). Your request must include

  • a photocopy of your proof of identity 1
  • a personal check or money order for $10.00 payable to the "Commissioner of Motor Vehicles"

Send these items to:

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

Please allow 15 business days for processing.

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

No.  You must request your “lifetime driving record” by mail.



  • 1. This can either be a driver license or other government issued photo ID card (you can black out your photo).

Do it by mail

You must request your lifetime driving record abstract by mail. Use Request for DMV Records (form MV-15).

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