Wrexham MotorTech

MOT Testing

Every vehicle in the UK needs to be tested each year to ensure that it complies with at least the minimum road safety and environmental standards. The first test is required once a vehicle is three years old, for example, a vehicle registered ‘from new’ on 1 April 2004 will require its MOT no later than 1 April 2007. If a vehicle is used prior to registration, as would be the case with an import, the MOT will be required three years from the end of the year of manufacture. For example a vehicle manufactured at any time in 2004 will require an MOT no later than 31 December 2007. If the vehicle is tested within the calendar month prior to when the MOT is due, the test certificate will run from the date of the test to one year after the expiry date of the current certificate.

For example, if the current certificate was due to expire on 1 April 2007, and the vehicle was presented on or after 2 March 2007, the certificate would run from the test date until 1 April 2008. The same rule would also apply when the vehicle is tested within a calendar month of its first MOT from new. In this case, the vehicle owner would need to present their registration document when the vehicle is tested. If the vehicle is tested earlier than one month before its due date, the MOT will only run for twelve months.