MOT History Check By Registration

Our MOT history report includes

MOT due date

Find out when your next MOT is due by entering you reg.

Mileage History

Our free report reveals the last 25 MOT mileage records.

Current MOT Status

Find out whether the MOT is valid or expired instantly.

Refusal notes

Find out why a vehicle failed it's MOT.

Advisory notes

See advisory notes on previous mot tests.

All MOT Records

Our report shows you all available MOT checks.

The MOT test and this check

What’s an MOT and why is it important?

MOT stands for Ministry of Transport, the MOT test, is a test that is legally required every 12 months to ensure a vehicle is safe and roadworthy. The MOT test is required for most vehicles in the UK that are 3 years or older.

Where is an MOT test performed?

If your car requires an mot, then you have to book your mot at one of many mot centres.

Why check the mot status of your vehicle?

As the MOT test is a legal requirement and a test to ensure your vehicles safe, it’s important that you make sure your vehicle has a valid MOT. Our free report will show you vital MOT information such as:

  • When your vehicle was last MOT tested
  • When your vehicles MOT runs out (the mot due date or if the mot has expired)
  • How many days you have left before your vehicles MOT expires
  • How many previous MOT records your vehicle has
  • Previous MOT failures and why the vehicle failed the mot

What happens if your vehicle doesn’t have a valid MOT?

This is a question with more than one answer, there’s are several scenarios and problems that you may face it your vehicle doesn’t have a valid MOT, some of which include:

  • If you get caught driving a vehicle without MOT, you will be fined, the amount usually depends on what sort of vehicle you are driving. For example, a car would be different to an LGV.
  • You can’t tax a vehicle without a valid MOT.
  • Your insurance may be invalid
  • It may not be safe to drive the vehicle, if it doesn’t have a valid MOT
  • If your selling your car, you may struggle if it doesn’t have MOT

Top reasons for cars failing their MOT

This information was sourced from research carried out by What Car? Magazine in 2014.

  • 1 – Screen wash empty or not full enough.
  • 2 – The car has a lot of clutter or dirt, make sure you clean the windows, mirrors and clean any clutter from the vehicle.
  • 3 – Registration plate problem – These sorts of problems include incorrect font/spacing, missing plate, personalised plates, dirty plates and more.
  • 4 – Stickers or air fresheners around the mirror obstructing the drivers view.
  • 5 – Dashboard warning lights that are on, be sure to check what it means and sort it before your MOT.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can MOT History help used car buyers?

Checking the MOT history of a vehicle you’re interested in buying is a smart move, the MOT history of a vehicle can reveal whether it is safe to drive. It also shows you any advisories or failures the vehicle has had previously or currently. This could help you avoid any unexpected expenses further down the road. It’s also worth noting that the MOT history is not the only history a used vehicle has, if you are serious about buying a car then you should get a full history check.

How long is an MOT test valid for?

If your vehicle passed its MOT test, then it’s usually valid for 12 months after the pass date. Also, once your car has passed the MOT you will be issued an MOT certificate. You should keep this certificate safe, it can be useful when you sell your car.

Is the MOT information shown here up to date?

Yes, it’s live data, we source our MOT data directly from the DVSA database, so each time you make a query here the information is requested at that moment, we do not store old MOT information on this website.

Does this check include safety recalls?

No, it doesn’t but If you want to check for safety recalls on a vehicle then please try our free check instead (on the homepage), our MOT checks don’t include this data.

Can i check car tax information here?

No, this search is just for the MOT history of a vehicle, if you want to find out road tax information then enter your registration here to try our basic search.