If you need to file a New York driving records request, you probably assume you’ll have to track down a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office and do it in person. Fortunately, there are now options to find New York records from the comfort of your own home. Here’s a few ways to do this.
Of course, you can always obtain New York driving records at your local DMV. To do this, first visit the New York State DMV website and finding your local DMV office. If you’re trying to obtain your New York “lifetime” driving records, the only way to do so is to print out their form and mail it in with a fee. The New York DMV does not issue “lifetime” driving records at their offices. However, you can use the Freedom of Information Request Form (MV-15F) to request driving records for you or another person through a New York FOIL office.
You can also obtain what’s called a driving record abstract at any New York DMV office. This will not contain as much information as their “lifetime” driving records and you will have to pay a fee even if they cannot find a record.
Luckily, there’s a much easier way to make a New York driving records request. By searching through a public online database, you can quickly find multiple New York driving records without the inconvenience of filling out multiple forms and paying fees. All you need to start searching is the person’s first and last name and their state. From there, you can further refine the search by age or address. And you can do all of this without leaving your home. This is because driving records are considered legal and public information by the Freedom of Information Act of 1966 (FOIA).
Since you have to pay a fee for each DMV New York Driving records request, accessing them online is a great way to quickly verify this information. But if you need them for any official purpose, you will have to request them at your local DMV office. Click here to view our full list of all New York DMV locations.