Free MOT check

Check the MOT status and history of your car with our FREE MOT check.

MOT checklist

What does our MOT check include?


Our MOT test report will provide you with the following information based on the registration plate provided above:

  • MOT due date

  • Current MOT status

  • Yearly mileage recordings

  • Yearly refusal notes

  • Yearly advisory notes

  • Road tax status


Why check the MOT status of a vehicle?


Having knowledge of the MOT history of a car before purchasing allows you to be more informed about the history of a car, any recurring mechanical faults and whether the car has been well maintained by the previous owner(s).

An MOT test ensures that the car is in a roadworthy condition and meets the UK standards. A car should have an MOT every year after it is three years old — before this, an MOT isn’t required.

Driving a car without a valid MOT is against the law and can result in a fine of up to £2,500, three points on your licence and potentially a ban from driving. As such, it is essential that a car you’re buying has a valid MOT and has a clean history.


Frequently asked questions


Every car driving on the roads in the UK is required to be kept in a roadworthy condition with a valid MOT. Therefore, if your car doesn’t have an MOT, it shouldn’t be driven as it could be putting yourself and other road users at risk.

You are only allowed to drive a car without a valid MOT if you are getting the vehicle repaired or you’re going to a pre-arranged MOT test.

When your car passes its MOT, the test certificate is valid for 12 months. You can check how long is remaining on your MOT by checking the date on your certificate.

A car doesn’t need to have an MOT until it is three years old. Therefore, if your car is less than three years old, there will be no information available in our MOT history check tool.

If your car happens to fail its MOT, you will not be able to drive it on public roads. In most circumstances, motorists will choose to get the issues that caused the failure resolved to ensure it meets the minimum safety and environmental criteria set by the DVSA.

Cars that are over 40 years old don’t require an annual MOT test, but the owners are still obligated to keep them in a safe and roadworthy condition. Other vehicles that don’t require an MOT include electric-powered goods vehicles registered before 1 March 2015 and tractors.

You are eligible to drive your car on the roads until midnight on the date your MOT expires.

You are required to get an MOT every 12 months once your car reaches 3 years old. If your car is less than 3 years old, your car won’t require an MOT test. You can find out when your MOT certificate expires by entering your registration plate here.

Buying a car with a valid MOT ensures that it was in a safe, roadworthy condition at the time the test was carried out. Therefore, there is less risk involved as a buyer if a car has recently had an MOT test. You can check the MOT history of a vehicle you’re looking to buy by entering the registration plate at the top of the page.


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