In this post, we will discuss how long accidents, traffic ticket convictions, and suspensions and revocations remain on a driver record.
- A traffic ticket conviction or an accident normally remains on a driver record during the year that the conviction or the accident occurred, and for the following three calendar years. (Note: The DMV uses the year when the conviction occurred, not the year when the violation occurred.) The DMV removes a conviction or an accident from a driver record on January 1 of the fourth year after the year of the conviction or the accident. For example, an accident or a conviction that occurred during 2009 remains on the driver record until January 1, 2013.
- Please note that the above is different for how long points last. Points on your record only count for DMV purposes for 18 months from the date of offense, and a conviction counts for insurance purposes for 36 months from the date of conviction. These two period, of course, are different that the period of how long the conviction actually appears on your driving record.
- A conviction that is alcohol-related or is for driving while impaired by drugs (for example, DWI or DWAI) remains on a driver record for exactly 10 years. If a driver is convicted of the same violation during that 10 years, the driver can receive additional penalties.
- There are other convictions and accidents of a serious type that can remain on a driver record for more than 10 years.
- A suspension or a revocation of a driver license that was not cleared remains on a driver record indefinitely.
- If the suspension is for a drug-related offense arising out of Penal Law section 220 or 221, the suspension remains on a driver record for four years from the date the suspension is terminated.
- A suspension or a revocation that was cleared or terminated remains on a driver record for four years from the date the suspension or revocation was terminated. (Note: The DMV uses the year when the suspension or the revocation was cleared or terminated, not the year when the suspension or the revocation began.)
Note: Employers and organizations frequently ask for a driver abstract that shows all the activity for the previous 10 or more years. The DMV cannot provide a driver abstract that shows information that is different from the information that is described above.
If you need a copy of your driving record, you can get it from DMV or we can obtain it for a small fee.