How Long Does A NY Traffic Ticket Stay On My Driving Record?
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.
- 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 typethat 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.