How do I check my MOT history?

Thursday 10th October 2019

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You can easily check MOT history from the GOV.uk website. This is free to use and here you will be prompted to enter your vehicle registration number. Once confirmed this is correct, you will then be presented with your MOT test history.

Always check the MOT history

Checking MOT history is important both when you want to find out when your MOT is due, and when you’re looking to buy a new vehicle. The vehicle’s MOT history is likely to contain indications as to how well it has been maintained, while also advising you of any serious faults.

What’s included on the MOT test history check?

As well as your vehicle’s MOT history, you can also receive further information on your MOT status through the Government website:

MOT test history

The MOT history of your vehicle is available through the Government’s free online service and will show you:

  • Pass/fail rate – this will show you if your vehicle has passed/failed its previous MOTs.
  • Test date – this shows both the Failed and Passed dates of your previous MOT tests.
  • Test certificate – there’s the option to view your vehicle’s test certificate but it’s important to note, you’ll need the V5C number – the 11 digits from your vehicle logbook.
  • MOT test number – a 12-digit number used for reference.
  • Expiry date – this indicates when your vehicle’s current MOT certificate expires.
  • Test location – you also have the option to view the test location but, again, this requires the V5C number.
  • MOT Information – this refers to any defects or advisories flagged during your last MOT test, for example, your vehicle may have passed its MOT, but includes an advisory of the front brake pads notably wearing thin. You can learn more about MOT advisories here.

Vehicle mileage check

The mileage of a vehicle is also available online and displayed in the MOT history section of the GOV.uk website. This is recorded at the time the MOT took place. If you are looking to buy a new car, it’s wise to visit this section to check the mileage of the vehicle and ensure the vehicle isn’t involved in ‘car clocking’ – this is when someone changes the mileage of the odometer to make it look like the car has driven fewer miles than it has.

Outstanding vehicle recalls

This section will also highlight to you if there are any outstanding safety recalls found on the vehicle, which is information that is provided by the vehicle manufacturer. If there are no outstanding safety recalls, this section will state ‘No outstanding safety recalls found’.

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