Help! When Does My New Vehicle Need its first MOT?

Loving Your New Car?

Driving around in your new car, you have no worry in the world until the rules and regulations catch up with you.

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Yes, we're talking about the legislation that places an emphasis on the condition and roadworthiness of your vehicle.

When your car is still brand new, you can safely assume that the roadworthiness of the car will not be in question. It is very easy to go about your business and forget to have your car's first MOT test done in time.

The biggest issue with driving your car when it is past due for its first MOT test is the traffic police. They are paying increased attention, and it's not a matter of whether or not they will verify your car's MOT status but when.

When is my MOT due?

If you are unsure when your MOT is due you can use our MOT Checker to find out...simply click ion the button below and enter your reg:

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My MOT is due soon, how do I book?

Many of our garages in the Protyre network offer MOT testing, click the image below to book yours now: 


As a driver, you want to know when your car needs it's very first MOT test. And also, how often it is a legal requirement after that. These are some of the questions that are  answered in this article. 

What exactly is an MOT and why is it so important?

MOT tests are all about testing the roadworthiness of a vehicle.

With a set of national standards, the test is designed to establish that your car is safe for you, as well others on the road. An MOT test is straightforward. It is easy to find any problems quickly and give you an accurate assessment of vehicle's roadworthiness.

The obligation rests with you, the car owner, to ensure that you take your vehicle to a centre which is approved and regulated by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. To book your MOT into one of our garages click the button below:

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It is easy to identify a proper DVSA approved centre, look for the standard markings, a blue sign with three white triangles (see example below).


The centre needs to openly displays the necessary DVSA information, which must include contact details and pricing schedule. These signs should all be in an area where it is easy for visitors to the centre to see and read.

When does my car need to undergo MOT testing for the first time?

The very first MOT test requirement only comes into effect when your new car is three years old.

Before that, you are not obligated to take your car in for testing. Check your vehicle's papers to determine the exact date first the car was registered or use our MOT Checker below to find out when your MOT certificate expires.

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The time of registration is the guideline from which you need to count three years forward to provide the date for the first MOT.

In the case of a new car if the car was registered as new on 1 February 2013, then the first MOT will have to be done not later than 1 February 2016.

If you're driving an imported car, however, and you have no clue about the exact registration date, then you have to find out the date of manufacture. You will take the year of manufacture and count three years forward. So if a car was manufactured during 2013, then the first MOT test will have to be done before the 31 December 2016.

If you have purchased a secondhand car, you will need to contact the DVSA to verify the previous MOT test history.

Keep in mind that certain types of vehicles such as ambulances, taxis and private passenger vehicles, will need to be tested every year from registration.

Another way to check your car's age is to look at the V5C form or logbook of the car as it is commonly known. This form always includes details about the car's registration date. It gives the month and year that the car was first registered. Your logbook is a valid document which you can present to prove your car's registration date.

When and how often do I need to have my car MOT tested again after the first test?

Once your car has reached three years of age and successfully underwent its first MOT test, you now have the responsibility of keeping up to date with subsequent testing.

This has to be done on an annual basis, and you need only count the 12 month period from the date indicated on your MOT test certificate. Meaning you do not have to look at the exact date when the car was tested initially, but only pay attention to the expiry of your MOT.

With each MOT test, a new certificate will be issued and it will have a new expiry date to keep in consideration. This information is useful to allow you to have ample time to test before the next expiry date. Remember though that if you test early within a 28 day period, your test certificate will be valid for 12 months from the date of issue which is usually the same date as the actual test if the vehicle passes.

If you are unsure you can check your vehicle's MOT status at any time online.

Further information about MOT testing can be found at:

Be sure to check that the testing centre clearly displays the current maximum fee for your MOT test. Remember that testing centres have to be approved by the DVSA and they are not allowed to charge anybody more than the nationally regulated maximum fee of £54.85. Protyre is willing to offer discounts and reduce the fee. Book your initial Protyre MOT test starting at just £29.95!