Welcome to MOT Test Centre, your ultimate online directory for finding an MOT test centre near you.
Whether you need an MOT for your car, motorcycle or van, we can help you find an approved MOT test centre from over 25K premises across the UK.
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You can search by postcode, town or city, comparing prices and reviews from hundreds of MOT test centres. You can also get helpful tips and advice on preparing your vehicle for the MOT test and what to do if it fails.
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Welcome to our MOT History tool, your reliable source for comprehensive and up-to-date MOT records for any UK-registered vehicle. Here, you can quickly access essential information about your vehicle’s past MOT tests, all for free.
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Check the tax status of any UK registration. Check your ULEZ CO2 figures and othert vehicle details.
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In addition, we also list commercial vehicle test centres, known as Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs) and DVSA vehicle test stations.
MOT Fees and Vehicle Classes
Private cars are Class 4, with motorcycles over 200cc referred to as Class 2.
Each MOT Test Centre listing details the vehicle classes that can be tested at that site.
There is a maximum amount MOT test stations can charge, which depends on the vehicle type (class).
The maximum fee for a car is £54.85 and £29.65 for a motorcycle.
You do not pay VAT on the MOT test fee, but any additional repairs/service parts supplied by the authorised garage are subject to standard VAT charges. The current MOT fees can be found here.
Vehicle Testing Station Number
Every authorised MOT Test Centre must display the blue triangle logo shown here. This helps the motorist identify approved Vehicle Testing Stations.
The MOT test aims to ensure that cars, other light vehicles (including some light goods vehicles), private buses and motorcycles over a prescribed age are checked at least once a year to see that they comply with roadworthiness and environmental standards.
This helps contribute towards the UK government’s road safety strategy.
Driving or parking your vehicle on the road without a valid MOT is illegal and can result in a fine of up to £1,000. The only exceptions are to drive it:
To or from somewhere to be repaired and to a pre-arranged MOT test.
You also cannot renew your vehicle tax if your MOT has expired. You must register your vehicle as ‘off the road’ (SORN) until you get a valid MOT.
You cannot drive without a valid MOT certificate unless you’re driving to or from somewhere to be repaired or to a pre-booked MOT test. You must have proof that you’ve booked your MOT to do this.
Driving without an MOT is illegal and can result in a fine of up to £1,000, and it can also invalidate your car insurance and vehicle tax. There is no grace period for an MOT, so you should get it done before it expires.
You can only drive home if your car fails its MOT under certain conditions:
Your current MOT certificate is still valid, and no ‘dangerous’ problems were listed in the MOT.
The next journey will be for a repair or retest.
You must have proof that you’ve booked your MOT to do this. Driving without a valid MOT certificate is illegal and can result in a fine of up to £1,000, and it can also invalidate your car insurance and vehicle tax.
There is no grace period for an MOT, so you should get it done before it expires.
The MOT test fees vary depending on the type of vehicle. You can check the maximum amount MOT test stations charge on the GOV.UK website.
You must get an MOT test for your vehicle by either:
The third anniversary of its registration or the anniversary of its last MOT, if it’s over three years old.
Some vehicles need to be tested at one year old – check the MOT fees table to see which ones. You can check your MOT expiry date online using your vehicle’s registration number.
You can get an MOT test up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date for next year. For example, if your MOT runs out on 15 May, the earliest you can get an MOT to keep the same renewal date for next year is 16 April.
ANPR stands for Automatic Number Plate Recognition. The technology uses cameras to scan and read vehicle registration plates. ANPR cameras are used by various law enforcement agencies, such as the police and the DVLA, to check if vehicles are compliant with the law.
One of the things that ANPR cameras can check is the MOT status of a vehicle. The MOT test is a mandatory annual inspection that checks your vehicle’s safety, roadworthiness and emissions.
You must have a valid MOT certificate to drive your vehicle on the road unless you drive it to or from a pre-booked MOT test or a repair.
ANPR cameras can cross-check vehicle registrations with the relevant databases that track vehicles without valid MOT certificates or road tax. If an ANPR camera catches your vehicle without a valid MOT, you can be fined up to £1,000 and invalidate your car insurance and vehicle tax.
You can also be prosecuted if you drive a vehicle that has failed its MOT because of a ‘dangerous’ problem. You can check your MOT expiry date online using your vehicle’s registration number on the GOV.UK website.