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When is my MOT due?

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check when my MOT is due?

Enter your vehicle reg to check the MOT expiry date held by the DVLA. You can choose to register for free email reminders to avoid the risk of missing your MOT renewal date.

How up to date is the MOT expiry date information?

It can sometimes take up to 5 days for the MOT data to be updated by the DVLA. If it's been longer than 5 days since you took the vehicle for an MOT, you should contact the DVLA to request further assistance.

Can I report a vehicle with no MOT to the DVLA?

If a vehicle is being used on the road it needs to have a valid MOT. The DVLA can't take any action directly, so should report the vehicle to the police instead. You should contact your local police to report the vehicle, making note of the vehicle reg, make, model, colour and location.

Can I park my car on the road if it doesn't have an MOT?

Any vehicle used on a public road needs to have valid tax & MOT. You could be fined or have your vehicle sized if you fail to meet this requirement. Using this reg check service to check the information held by the DVLA can help you to avoid fines.

Do I need an MOT if my car is kept on private land?

A valid MOT is only required if the vehicle is used on public roads, but you still need to inform the DVLA when your car is off the road. You can register your vehicle as off the road using the DVLA online service.

When do you need an MOT on a new car?

You must get an MOT for a new vehicle at 3 years old. For example, if a vehicle was registered on 9th Jan 2023, you would need to get an MOT for the vehicle by 9th Jan 2026.

Can you MOT a car before it's due?

If you want to keep the same renewal date, you can take your car for an MOT a month (minus a day) before the expiry date.

You can also take your car for an MOT at any point, regardless of when the MOT expires, however you will then only have 1 year from the test date until you'll need to MOT the vehicle again. Additionally, if you book an MOT early and the vehicle fails, it will still be classed as unroadworthy and you won't be able to drive it on the road until the necessary repairs are made.

About this Service

Use this service to check when your MOT is due.

The report also includes details of all MOT tests completed by the vehicle, including the following information:

  • MOT expiry date
  • MOT test date
  • MOT test result
  • Odometer reading

Just enter the vehicle reg to check when your MOT is due.

MOT history is only available for vehicles tested in England, Scotland & Wales, but you can still check the MOT expiry date of a vehicle tested in Northern Ireland.

MOT test results are usually available within 24 hours, but it can sometimes take up to 5 days for the MOT expiry date to be updated.

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Renewing your MOT

If you want to keep the same renewal date when renewing your MOT, you can present the vehicle for testing one month before the current expiry date (minus a day).

For example, if your MOT expires on the 15th of July, you could take the vehicle for an MOT from the 16th of June.

If your vehicle fails, you can't drive it unless you are taking it to a place of repair, or to a pre-arranged MOT test.

You can choose to take your vehicle for an MOT earlier, but your new MOT will only be valid for 12 months from the date your get it tested.

You can book an MOT test at a local test centre with collection and delivery using the service below.

Book Your MOT

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance has been issued for changes to MOT tests due to COVID-19.

There are certain circumstances in which you should not take your vehicle for an MOT test.

These include, if you (or someone in your household) has symptoms, you've been contacted by NHS Test and Trace regarding contact with someone who has coronavirus, or you've only recently entered the UK.

Guidance for MOT tests and coronavirus is likely to change.

You should check the current advice from the GOV.UK site if your unsure of the latest advice

Latest Details: GOV.UK