Overview of DVLA MOT Requirements for Drivers

Applying for a UK Car Road Tax requires, in addition to the payment, a valid Certificate of Insurance, an MOT Certificate if the car is more than 3 years old, and the Vehicle Licence Application form, as shown here. The 3 road tax discs for 2008, 2009, 2010 have had their serial numbers removed. Driving a car without a valid Road Tax displayed is illegal.

In the UK, a valid MOT is required for all vehicles. Intended to make certain a vehicle meets the requirements for road and environmental safety, UK drivers may be fined as much as £1,000 if they cannot produce a MOT when asked to do so by authorities.The following looks at the specific rules and regulations regarding certification.

​Anyone who has a vehicle must have a MOT before the third anniversary of the vehicle’s registration. If a vehicle is more than 3 years old, a yearly MOT is required. It should be completed by the anniversary of the last MOT. In some instances, a vehicle must be tested at the one year mark. To determine whether or not your vehicle falls into this category, view theMOT fees table online.

​A MOT is valid for one year. The expiration date can be found on the last pass certificate. You can receive a MOT up to a month (less one day) prior to its expiration date and still maintain the same renewal date. While you do have the options of getting a MOT earlier than one month before its expiration date, the upcoming year’s renewal date will change. You can sign up for a text reminder service by calling the DVLA contact number.

​If a MOT is expired, it is illegal to drive the vehicle on any UK roads. Violators may be prosecuted. There are only two exceptions to this rule. One,if you are driving the vehicle to a scheduled MOT test. The second is if the vehicle is being driven to or from a place that does repairs. In Northern Ireland, different rules do apply. For any questions regarding the laws or process, contact the DVLA in your location.

​To learn about the maximum fees that can be charged for an inspection, please visit the gov.uk website or call the DVLA contact number listed above. While taking your vehicle for inspection is probably not a task you enjoy, a MOT is required for all UK drivers. If you are having trouble locating a certified inspection site, please contact the DVLA phone number for an agent’s assistance.