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What information appears on a lifetime driving record?

A “lifetime” driving record contains all the license information DMV currently has available about a driver. The “lifetime” driving record will display all information still in DMV’s possession regardless of the data retention requirements found in Vehicle and Traffic Law.  However, it may not include information that dates back to when a driver was initially granted driving privileges.

A “standard” driver license abstract only contains information that DMV is still required to keep. For example, most suspensions and revocations are only shown on the standard driving record abstract for 4 years from the date the suspension or revocation ended. A “lifetime” driving record will show suspensions and revocations that are older than 4 years.

How do I get a “lifetime” driving record?

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

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

To get your driving record history (“lifetime driving record” or “lifetime abstract”), use Request for DMV Records (form 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.

Visit DMV.NY.Gov for more information and to request your lifetime driving record.