Abstract of Driving Record Law and Legal Definition

Abstract of the driving record shows basic licensing information. Each abstract identifies the motorist, gives the class of license, the current license status, the license expiration date and any restrictions and/or endorsements that limit or expand the driving privilege.

In New York, it is the business of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to create and maintain the records of drivers in the state of New York. The abstract provides information about most of the suspensions and revocations, while they are open and an additional four years from the date they are cleared. Suspensions for refusal to submit to a chemical test are displayed for five years from the date of suspension. Accidents are displayed for the remainder of the calendar year of the accident date, plus three years. Most traffic convictions will display for the remainder of the calendar year of the conviction date, plus three years. Convictions for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs are displayed for ten years from the conviction date. Serious violations, such as vehicular homicide, are displayed permanently.