You must keep any vehicles driven on the road in a roadworthy condition. The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. It isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced and doesn’t check its general mechanical condition. The leaflets ‘Your car and the MOT’ and ‘Your motorbike and the MOT’ include a list of the parts of your vehicle that will be tested.
You must get an MOT test every year once your vehicle is 3 years old (or 1 year old in some cases – check the MOT fees table to see when). You can then renew your MOT up to a month before it expires. The earliest date you can get your vehicle tested is printed on the pass certificate. You need to use an approved MOT test centre to get your MOT. Only centres showing the blue sign with 3 white triangles can carry out your MOT.
You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has expired. You could be prosecuted if caught. The only exception is if you’ve already booked an MOT and are driving your vehicle to the test centre.
Your new MOT certificate and buying road tax online.
The way information is held about MOT test is changing.
Records of test results will now be held on a secure central computerised database. This change will not affect your actual MOT test.
It will bring benefits to motorists by:
The new MOT certificate is a computer-printed document. It is your receipt for the MOT test and shows that information that will be held on the MOT database. The new certificate also shows if any additional work has been recommended. Details of any such work are included on a new Advisory Notice (VT32) which will be given to you at the time of the test.
As the proof of MOT status is now held on a secure database we recommend that you use the new internet or telephone services to obtain and validate the information whenever you need to do so, for example, before you buy a second hand car. Checking the MOT status of a vehicle is quick and easy, simply visit the MOT website check here or call 0870 330 0444
To check the status you will need the registration mark of the vehicle and either the document reference number from the V5C registration certificate or the test number from the new style MOT test certificate.
The MOT test checks that your vehicle complies with the minimum standards required for lawful use on the road.
The MOT test is not a substitute for proper and regular servicing. Passing the MOT test does not mean that your vehicle will remain safe for the following 12 months. All vehicles need proper and regular servicing irrespective of the MOT test.
Further information about the MOT test can be found in the following leaflets available at MOT garages “Your car and the MOT test” for cars and light vans, and for motorcycles “Your motorbike and the MOT test”.
More detailed information can also be found on the VOSA website.