- Driving records (abstracts)
- Lifetime driving records
- Vehicle registration and title records (abstracts)
- Accident Reports
Abstract - An abstract is a summary of a driving, registration or title record whose elements are set by law. 1
Certified abstract - A certified abstract has the signature of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. Many courts and employers will ask for a certified abstract.
Driving record history (also called a "lifetime abstract" or "lifetime driving record") - A driving record history contains all the license information DMV has available. Only you or someone to whom you have given written permission may order this type of abstract.
Record - A record is the information that the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) stores about a person, business, organization or vehicle.
Records retention period - The length of time we keep records is called the records retention period. The length of time we keep records is defined in the Vehicle and Traffic Law.2
Search - When you request records, we search DMV records to find the record you requested. We may or may not find a match. The fee you pay is for the search itself regardless of whether a match is found. These fees are not refundable. 3
Records that are available
DMV records that customers frequently request are
- driving record (abstract)
- vehicle registration record (abstract)
- vehicle title record (abstract)
- accident reports
The Request for DMV Records (MV-15) form describes additional records that you may request
- driver license application
- ticket disposition (conviction)
- driver license suspension or revocation order
- photocopy of a ticket or summons
- vehicle registration application
- vehicle registration suspension or revocation order
You may request other DMV records that are not listed above. See File a Freedom of Information Law Request for more information.
Important: The Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) restricts access to DMV records that contain personal information. See Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) for more information.