Sunday 10 October 2010

How to check MOT status and history of a vehicle? (United Kingdom)

You can check if an MOT certificate is legal or if a vehicle has failed an MOT test by doing an MOT check online. This will give you details about past tests.

Check the current MOT status of a vehicle

You can check the current MOT status of any vehicle online. This might be one that you own already or a second hand vehicle that you are thinking of buying.
The online MOT status check gives you information about:
  • the date of the last test
  • mileage on the vehicle at the time of the test
  • the expiry date of the test
You can compare the online information against the paper certificate to make sure it’s genuine.

Check the MOT history of a vehicle

To find out details of previous MOT tests on a vehicle you can do an online MOT history check.
You can only look up information online going back to 2005 when the MOT Scheme was computerised.
The MOT history check will give you the following information:
  • full test details
  • mileage at the time of each test

You can find out more details about the topic from official government portal here.