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Check if your vehicle has a current MoT

The MoT Test (Ministry of Transport, or simply MoT) is an annual test of vehicle safety; roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions required in Great Britain for most vehicles over three years old used on any way defined as a road in the Road Traffic Act 1988.   www.gov.uk

By law, all road vehicles that are more than 3 years old, must have a current MoT to ensure that they are safe to drive. The test doesn't cover the condition of the: engine, clutch and gearbox.

The MoT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.

You must get a MoT for your vehicle by: the third anniversary of its registration or the anniversary of its last MOT, if it's over 3 years' old.

You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.


Earliest date you can get an MOT: A MoT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on the last pass certificate. You can get a MoT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date.

Example: If your MoT runs out on 15 May, the earliest you can get a MoT to keep the same renewal date for next year is 16 April. You can get a MoT earlier, but the MoT renewal date for the following year will be different.

If the MoT has run out: You can't drive your vehicle on the road if the MoT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught. The only exceptions are to drive it: to or from somewhere to be repaired or to a pre-arranged MoT test.

There are different rules and processes in Northern Ireland for MOTs for vehicles registered in Northern Ireland.

Find out if your vehicle is taxed and tested, click here

Check the MoT HISTORY of a vehicle, click here

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