MOT

By law, all vehicles over three years old must have a valid MOT certificate to ensure that the vehicle is roadworthy and meets minimum environmental standards. Without a valid MOT certificate, you will not be able to either tax or insure your car. You are also required to produce a valid MOT test certificate if requested to do so by the police.

It is important to note that an MOT certificate confirms that a vehicle met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law at the time of the test; it should not be seen as evidence of the general mechanical condition of the vehicle.

In this section, you'll find a guide to putting your car through its MOT, with details on the pre-MOT checks you can make at home to reduce the chances of failure, along with information about the new computerised MOT testing and certification.

The MOT Certificate
Details about the new style MOT certificate (VT20), which records its results on a computerised secure central database ...
When To MOT Your Car
Find out when you should present your car for an MOT test ...
MOT Checklist
Don't waste time and money; carrying out a few simple pre-MOT checks can help your car pass its test the first time around ...
Replacing an MOT Certificate
How to apply for a duplicate A4 (new style) or A5 (old style) MOT certificate if you have lost or damaged the original ...