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What Information does the State keep on Your Driving Record?

Your New York driving record will show the following information: 

  • Personal identifying information about you, including your name, address and birthday.
  • Your driver’s license status and expiration date.
  • Suspensions, revocations, accidents and moving violations. Any accident will show up on your New York driving record whether it was your fault or the other driver’s. The driving record will not show whether the accident was at-fault or not, just that you were involved. To confirm whose fault the accident was, check with your insurance company.
  • If you were originally licensed in New York, your driving record will show the date you first passed your driving test and became fully licensed. Since New York has a probationary period for new drivers, the date you were originally licensed will show as the “probation start date.” The original date you were licensed will not show if it was more than 9 years in the past, or if your license was revoked and then reinstated.

 

Fortunately, accidents and convictions don’t stay on your driving record forever. They fall off on January 1st of the 4th year after your conviction date. There are some exceptions, however. For example, if your conviction was for a driving violation that involved alcohol or drugs, it will stay on your New York driving record for the next decade. If you are convicted of a crime even more serious than that, it will stay on your driving record for even longer. If you have completed a voluntary defensive driving class, this information will also appear on your driving record. Your record will also show the number or points, if any, that were removed from your license when you took the course.

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