This section covers the process of getting an MOT test certificate for a vehicle, how it works, and the fees. Check MOT rules on exemptions, a retest, and how to appeal if a car fails MOT testing.
MOT TEST CHECK: It stands for 'Ministry of Transport' vehicle test. This guide will help you determine when to get an MOT certificate.
There are several purposes of getting annual MOT tests. The main reason is to check all vehicles meet environmental and road safety standards.
Even so, there are some differences that apply to the date when you need to get an MOT. It will be either:
Some vehicles need MOT testing once they get to one year old. The MOT fees table shows which vehicles need to get tested 12 months after registration. But, you can register to get a free MOT reminder one month before the MOT is due.
Driving a vehicle without a valid MOT certificate can result in a fine of £1,000 in the United Kingdom.
Once a vehicle passes an MOT it stays valid for one full year (12 months from the testing date). The current test pass certificate will show the date when it runs out and becomes invalid.
In fact, you can MOT a vehicle up to one (1) month (minus one day) before it is due to run out. Doing so will not affect the existing renewal date.
An Example: A car MOT runs out on the 25th if June. Thus, the earliest you can get an MOT, and keep the same renewal date for following year, would be the 26th of May.
In some cases, the MOT rules and regulations allow you to get a vehicle tested even earlier. But, it will affect the renewal date for the following year.
UK driving rules and regulations do not allow you to use a vehicle on a public road or highway without a valid MOT. Doing so can result in a prosecution. But, an MOT exemption may apply:
LORRY MOT CHECK: DVSA staff conduct the testing for a lorry, bus, or trailer. They use the 'annual vehicle test' for lorries, buses, and trailers instead of a standard MOT check.
BOOKING AN MOT: You must use an approved MOT test centre. Contact one that shows the blue sign with 3 white triangles. All MOT centres have maximum fees that they can charge for vehicle testing.
MOT CHECK: You can check MOT status of a vehicle online and the date it got tested. The data also shows the mileage (odometer reading) and the test pass expiry date.
MOT EXEMPT: Tractors, cars, motorcycles built before the 31st of December 1977, and electric goods vehicles first registered before the 1st of march 2015 are exempt from MOT.
Note: Check the 'Declaration of exemption from MOT (V112)' for a full list of exempt vehicles. You can also use form V112 as evidence of an MoT test for taxing purposes.
MOT REMINDERS: You can sign up to get an annual MOT reminder by a text message or by an email. The free service informs you one month before your car MOT is due.
RETESTS: Several key issues determine MOT retest procedures and fees after a repair. Check out when a vehicle can have a free partial retest or get a reduced fee.
MOT COST: As a rule, it takes less than an hour to conduct the Ministry of Transport test. So, how does the MOT test work, what parts do they check, and what are the MOT test fees?
PASSING THE MOT: Following an inspection the MOT test result confirms whether the vehicle passed or failed. The testing station will give you a list of things to fix if it fails.
NO MOT: Only the police can take action against a vehicle that does not have an MOT (on a road). Telephone the police non-emergency number to report a car, a van, a motorcycle, or any other vehicle with no MOT.
MOT PROBLEMS: There are several different ways of dealing with MOT problems or making a test result appeal. Find out how to make MOT test result appeals or take action yourself.
MOT Regulations for Vehicle Testing in the United Kingdom