When does my car need an MOT?
Every vehicle that is three-years-old or over must have a current MOT test certificate and you must renew this once a year. If you have a car, it is your responsibility to make sure that it is examined annually. You can find out when your current MOT expires by looking at your test certificate. All you need is your vehicle registration number and we can tell you straight away if the vehicle has a valid certificate and when your MOT expires.
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If your MOT certificate doesn’t run out for a while, you can register with us to receive a free reminder
. We’ll then send you a text message or email a month before your test is due to make sure you don’t forget. This is a useful option given that the UK’s national text reminder service was stopped in August 2014.
When can you have your MOT?
Once you have found out when your MOT expires, you can book your next test using the button below. This can be carried out a month (minus a day) before your current certificate expires. The expiry date associated with your new MOT will still be a year from when your old one expires rather than a year after the date of the test.
In simple terms, this means that if your MOT is due within a month or less, you won’t 'lose' days if you choose to have your car tested early. For example, if your current MOT certificate runs out on May 15, the earliest you can have it retested and retain the same renewal date in the following year is April 16.
There’s also the option to book in advance and, if you want to, have your car tested up to a month (minus a day) in advance if this is the most convenient option for you. You can also choose to have your MOT carried out even earlier but you will have a different renewal date the following year. This may seem like a waste of money but may be a useful option if you are going away for a while, for example, and want to ensure that your car has a valid MOT certificate.
Why bother with an MOT?
In addition to the obvious safety and performance issues, if you don’t have a valid MOT certificate you cannot drive your car lawfully on the road and you won’t be able to renew your road tax. You also face the risk of being fined up to £1,000 for driving a car that doesn’t have a current certificate.
If your car is involved in any kind of accident, you could be asked for your MOT certificate and, if you don’t have one, any insurance claim may be affected, especially if an injury is involved.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has also computerised the MOT test system. This means that mobile camera units and police patrols can check remotely to determine whether there is a current MOT certificate associated with your car.