Forgotten your MOT
If you have forgotten your MOT here is some important information about what to do to stay legal and avoid any fines.
Who needs an MOT?
Everyone with a vehicle over 3 years needs to have their vehicle inspected and given an MOT certificate of road-worthiness. The MOT lasts for 1 year and needs to be booked in for an MOT every year. You can book your MOT up to 30 days before the renewal date and it will retain its existing expiry date. This means booking your MOT in early gives you more time to have any faults repaired before the MOT expires.
Also read: Can I drive with an expired MOT?
How do I check if I have a valid MOT?
As luck would have it, we have a really handy tool that looks up your vehicles registration with VOSA in realtime and will confirm your MOT and Tax expiry date.
What happens if I forget my MOT?
Driving your vehicle on the road without a valid MOT can get you an on-the-spot fine of up-to £1,000 and can invalidate your insurance if you have an accident. You must not drive the vehicle if the MOT has expired.
Help! I forgot my MOT!
If your MOT has expired, you must not drive the vehicle. You should book your vehicle in for its MOT at your local garage and you are legally only allowed to drive a vehicle with an expired MOT when you are driving it to a garage for its MOT inspection. Don't be tempted to drive it to the shops as you could get into trouble.
If you have forgotten your MOT you might also have forgotten to tax your it too! You should check that you have valid tax too!
Create a free MOT reminder for next year
We offer free MOT email reminders so you will have plenty of time to book your vehicle's MOT.