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Definitions

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") - 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 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.

  • 1. Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 354
  • 2. Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 201
  • 3. Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 202(e)