The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:
Some vehicles need to be tested at one year old, such as Ambulances, Taxis, or Private Passenger Vehicles with more than 8 seats.
Please note, you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.
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.
You can't drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.
The only exceptions are to drive it:
During the MOT, important parts on your vehicle will be checked to make sure they meet the legal standards.
You can watch the test from a viewing area but you're not allowed to interrupt the tester.
The test does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch or gearbox.
For more information on which parts of your vehicle are tested, visit gov.uk/topic/mot/manuals
Your vehicle can either pass or fail the MOT. If it fails, you'll get a list of things that need to be fixed.
If your vehicle passes the MOT:
The MOT certificate will show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes. This is shown as the 'odometer reading and history'.
Report any mistakes with the latest reading to the MOT centre within 7 days. They will give you a replacement certificate.
Mistakes on an earlier mileage can't be changed.
If your vehicle fails the MOT:
You can appeal the result if you think it's wrong.
You must not drive the vehicle on the road if it fails the test, even if the MOT hasn't run out, except to:
You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
Vehicles that don't need an MOT include:
A list of exempt types of vehicles is on form V112. You need to fill in the form if your vehicle is listed so that you can tax it.