The MOT test checks that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards. You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either:
the third anniversary of its registration
the anniversary of its last MOT, if it’s over 3 years old
You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT.
Earliest date you can get an MOT: An MOT lasts for a year. The date it runs out is printed on the last pass certificate.
You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date.
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.
You can get an MOT earlier, but the MOT renewal date for the following year will be different.
The Car Clinic operates MOT text reminder service if you register your
details with us during a MOT test. You’ll then be sent a reminder before
your current MOT expires. You can’t drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught. The only exceptions are to drive it: to or from somewhere to be repaired
to a pre-arranged MOT test