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Your MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test your vehicle met, as far as can be reasonably determined without dismantling, the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It does not mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate and is not a substitute for regular maintenance.

MOT Certificates have changed

The way information is held about MOT tests has changed. Records of test results are now held on a secure central database. This change has not affected your actual MOT test but it has affected the way you check the MOT history. All MOT testing stations have been connected to this central database. When your vehicle is tested at one of these ’computerised’ testing stations your test record will be entered onto this new database and you will receive a new style (A4 in size) certificate.

About the new certificate

The new MOT certificate is your receipt for the MOT test. It shows the information that is held on the MOT database. The certificate is no longer proof of an MOT and should not be relied on as such. Only the computer record can

prove a vehicle has a valid MOT. Under the new system any recommended advisory work will normally be shown on a new Advisory Notice which will be given to you at the time of the test. For details of how to check the MOT database, click on the link below:

Why do you need an MOT certificate?

You should take your MOT Certificate with you when you apply for a new Vehicle Excise Licence (vehicle tax disc) at a Post Office. This is unless the vehicle is not subject to MOT testing because of its age or type. If you have a new (A4) MOT certificate you can choose to relicense your vehicle online.

Police officers are also entitled to ask for production of an MOT test certificate for a vehicle which is required to have one.

A test certificate relates only to the condition of testable items at the time of the test and should not be regarded as:

  • Evidence of their condition at any other time
  • Evidence of the general mechanical condition of the vehicle
  • Evidence that the vehicle fully complies with all aspects of the law on vehicle construction and use. Checking the authenticity of an MOT certificate
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