MOT testing is carried out in accordance with the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Regulations by approved testers.
All vehicles must be submitted for testing once they are three years old. A vehicle can be tested a month prior to the due date without losing any days on your current MOT certificate.
We will send you a reminder of your MOT approximately a month before it is due, so you have plenty of time to book it in for an MOT test at a time convenient to you. Reminders will be sent by post, or if you prefer we can send an email if your email address is provided.
There are no excuses for a vehicle not having a valid MOT Test Certificate. The details are automatically updated on the DVSA's secure central computer database.
Under Section 47 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, driving without an MOT is an offence. You can be fined up to a maximum of £1000 if you’re caught driving with an expired MOT, and it doesn’t matter to the authorities whether the date has simply slipped your mind or not. Whether you’re a day late or a week, skipping your MOT could result in heavy costs to you.
The MOT certificate you receive is a receipt style certificate informing you that an MOT test pass result has been recorded in the DVSA's database of MOT test results, this can be verified at www.gov.uk/check-mot-status. You can also check whether your vehicle is taxed at www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax. The test certificate is no longer proof of an MOT and shouldn't be relied on as such. Only the MOT computer database record can prove a vehicle has a valid MOT. A test certificate relates only to the condition of the components examined as the time of test. It does not confirm that your vehicle will remain roadworthy throughout the validity period of the certificate.
The only time you are permitted to be on the road without an MOT certificate is on your way to a pre-booked MOT test or on your way to a place of repair after having failed an MOT test.
For more information on the MOT test visit www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/the-mot-test.
Check the MOT history of a vehicle - get a full MOT test history and mileage of the vehicle at the time of each test
Find out the MOT test status of a vehicle - check the date of the MOT test, the odometer reading (mileage) and the expiry date of an MOT test pass