Information taken from www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot
To Check the status of your MOT use this helpful link: www.gov.uk/check-mot-status
The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards.
You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:
· the third anniversary of its registration
· the anniversary of its last MOT, if it’s over 3 years old
Some vehicles need to be tested at one year old.
You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.
An MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test your car met the minimum road safety and environmental standards required by law.
It doesn’t mean that your car will remain roadworthy for the following 12 months. You still need to make sure that you maintain your car well, including regular servicing.
These are some of the important parts of your car that will be checked in the MOT.
The MOT tests some important items on your vehicle to check that they meet the legal standards.
It isn’t the same as having your vehicle serviced.
If the MOT has run out
You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has
You can be prosecuted if caught.
The only exceptions are to drive it:
· to or from somewhere to be repaired
· to a pre-arranged MOT test
An MOT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on the last pass certificate.
You can get an 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 an MOT to keep the same renewal date for next year is 16 April.
You can get an MOT earlier, but the MOT renewal date for the following year will be different.