Are old MOT certificates needed when re-testing?

Author Name – Louise Helsby

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Do I need my old MOT certificate to get my car tested? Do I need proof my car has been taxed and insured? Here’s a quick guide to what you need.

MOT certificates 

What is an MOT?

An MOT (Ministry of transport test) is an assessment your car is put through to check its roadworthiness. Essentially the test is checking that the vehicle is safe to be driven on the road and does not pose a risk of injury to either you or other motorists.

Do I need to book an MOT test?

Yes, an MOT test needs to be booked with an approved MOT testing centre. Simply contact the testing centre up to one month ahead of your current MOT test certificate running out.

What do I need to take with me?

Other than the vehicle, you don’t need to take anything with you for an MOT test. Even the previous MOT test certificate is not required as all of this information can be found online at the testing station.

Are MOT test certificates still issued?

Yes, MOT test certificates are still issued by the test centre. If you have lost or damaged your current one you can get a replacement, free of charge from the GOV.UK website.

Do I need an MOT certificate to tax my car?

If you are taxing your car you will need a valid MOT although you will not need the actual MOT certificate as the records are held on the government website. However, it is advised that you keep your old MOT test certificates, should you wish to sell your car these are important as they prove that your car is roadworthy and has a full MOT history.

Can I drive without an MOT?

Car’s in the UK are required to have an MOT test once they reach 3 years old, after this they are required to be MOT tested annually. It is illegal for motorists to drive a car that has not got a valid MOT, the only exception to this rule is that you are able to drive a car to a MOT test appointment.

How do I check my MOT is still valid?

You can check you MOT is still valid by simply adding your vehicle registration to our MOT due date tool.


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