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The MOT Certificate

DVLA allows MOT renewals up to one month before the date of expiry. Taking advantage of this will not affect your expiry date. The MOT test simply considers the vehicle in its state at the time of the test. It does not guarantee roadworthiness, good condition, or mechanical soundness.

Use the vehicle's previous pass certificate to see the earliest date you can MOT your vehicle.

If your vehicle has passed its MOT test, you will receive an MOT certificate that confirms your vehicle meets the legal minimum requirements for safety and the environment.

The MOT test certificate contains the same information that is entered on to the DVLA's secure central database. The certificate alone is not proof of an MOT - only DVLA computer records are considered proof of a valid MOT test. This is because forgeries of MOT certificates can exist.

Following a test, you will be given one of two things. If your vehicle passes the test you'll receive the A4 sized certificate. If it fails the test, you will receive a notification of failure.

MOT Certificate Authenticity

If you doubt the authenticity of an MOT certificate then contact VOSA on 0300 123 9 000.

Lost or Damaged MOT Certificate

Visit a MOT testing station with your vehicle registration number and either the original MOT test number, or document reference number from the vehicle's registration certificate (V5C).

The service costs a maximum of £10.

Last updated: Friday 22nd July 2011

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