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MOTs set to resume in England, Scotland and Wales from 1 August 

On 30 March, drivers were granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing.

Lockdown restrictions are easing, and all drivers with an MOT due from 1 August are being urged to book an MOT test. This is a legal requirement.

Drivers who have an MOT test due before 1 August will still be granted the 6-month extension. For example, if your MOT is due on 31 July, it’ll be extended to 31 January 2021.

But even if your vehicle is exempt, you should take it to the garage immediately if you notice something wrong. You can still be prosecuted for driving an unsafe vehicle.

For more information, visit GOV.UK.

You can continue to use our tool to check the MOT status of any vehicle for free. Just type in the reg number and you can see if your MOT is valid, as well as when your next one is due.

MOT checks explained

MOT inspections are to ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy and meets UK safety and environmental standards.

All vehicles must have an MOT check when it's three years old, and then every year after that. This includes cars, vans and motorbikes, but certain kinds of vehicles are exempt:

  • cars and motorbikes made before 1980
  • electric goods vehicles
  • tractors
  • Driving without a valid MOT is a criminal offence that could land you with a £2,500 fine, three penalty points and a possible driving ban.

    If you'd like to find out more information on a vehicle's history, use our vehicle check tool. You can find out how many previous owners the vehicle has had, if it's ever been written off and more. 

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