The MOT test confirms that your vehicle meets the environmental and road safety standards required by law. It checks a range of car parts, from the braking and fuel system to the seatbelts, wipers, mirrors, lights and the exhaust. It does not look at the condition of the engine, gearbox or clutch. The exhaust emissions are also tested on most vehicles – if the emissions are too high, your vehicle will fail its MOT.
You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either: the third anniversary of its registration or the anniversary of its last MOT, if it’s over 3 years old. Some vehicles need to be tested at one year old - check the MOT fees table to see which. You can find out how to check your MOT expiry date on the GOV.UK website.
You cannot drive or park your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught. The only exceptions are to drive it: to or from somewhere to be repaired or to a pre-arranged MOT test You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date.
Getting an MOT is an important part of keeping your vehicle safe and roadworthy. It also helps to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Make sure you book your MOT in advance and follow the advice of your MOT tester if your vehicle needs any repairs.
Use the GOV.UK website to check your cars MOT history - MOT Test history