When is my MOT due?

Last updated by mustard.co.uk on December 18th, 2017

In the UK, every vehicle more than three years old must undergo an annual MOT (Ministry of Transport) test in order to prove it’s roadworthy.

By making this a legal requirement, the Government aims to ensure that cars driving on UK roads are safe and don’t pose any unnecessary danger to the public.

Owning a car already means a lot of paperwork and when you factor in things like road tax and insurance, it can become hard to remember what’s due when.

So if you can’t remember when your certificate expires or if you’re worried it already has, here’s how to find out for certain.

How do I check when my MOT is due?

It’s illegal to drive without a valid MOT certificate which means you must book your car in for its MOT test before the previous one runs out.

Don’t worry if you don’t know when your certificate expires; it takes less than a minute to find out.

Make sure you know your vehicle’s registration number, then visit gov.uk/check-mot-status input your registration number and your car’s details will be displayed on screen.

You’ll also be able to check when your road tax is due as well as when your car’s current MOT certificate expires.

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How long does my MOT certificate last?

Your MOT certificate will be valid for twelve months from the date you took the test.

If it wasn’t your vehicle’s first MOT then the certificate will be valid for twelve months from the previous date of expiry, unless the test was carried out more than one month before the expiry date.

For example, if your MOT runs out on 20th October 2018 and your car passes its MOT test on 21st September 2018, then the new certificate will last until 20th October 2019.

But if you take your car for its MOT on 20th September 2018, then the new certificate will only last until 20th September 2019.

Find out more about the MOT test including how to pass it, how much it costs and what happens during the test in our guide here or watch the video below.

What happens if I miss my MOT?

If you miss your MOT test, you must stop driving the car immediately.

Driving without a valid MOT is not only dangerous, it can also result in a £1,000 fine if you get caught.

You are only allowed to drive with an expired MOT if you are on your way to the test centre for a pre-booked appointment.

Even in this instance, if your car isn’t deemed roadworthy but you are driving it to the test centre, you are still breaking the law by having an unsafe vehicle on the road and you could be prosecuted.

As we’ve covered it’s illegal to drive without a current MOT certificate but did you know not having a valid MOT certificate can also invalidate your car insurance .

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