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How to check if a MOT is valid

Updated April 17, 2017

The MOT, formerly called the Ministry of Transportation test, is the annual exam that is required for all UK vehicles three or more years old. The MOT tests the vehicle's safety and the level of emissions in its exhaust. When your car is tested, the record will be entered onto a central computer system. Checking the computer records is the only way to determine whether or not the MOT is valid. You can do this for any vehicle whether you own it or not, provided you have the required reference numbers.

Look at your VT20 test certificate, VT30 refusal certificate or V5C registration certificate.

Go to the Directgov website. Click on the "Motoring" link. Under owning a vehicle, click on "MOT". On the MOT page, click on "Check your vehicle's MOT status and history online". Scroll down towards the bottom of the page and click on "MOT status check". This will open a new window on your desktop.

Enter the details on the MOT status check page. Enter your vehicle's registration mark from its number plate in the first box. Enter the MOT test number from your VT20 test certificate or VT30 refusal certificate in the next box. If you do not have the VT20 test certificate or the VT30 refusal certificate, enter the document reference number from the V5C registration certificate in the bottom box. Click "Continue".

Read the information on the next Web page that loads. You will find out the date of the vehicle's last test, the vehicle's mileage on that date and the expiry date of the test.

Things You'll Need

  • VT20 test certificate, VT30 refusal certificate or V5C registration certificate
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About the Author

C. Giles is a writer with an MA (Hons) in English literature and a post-graduate diploma in law. Her work has been published in several publications, both online and offline, including "The Herald," "The Big Issue" and "Daily Record."