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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

Coronavirus: MOTs due from 30 March 2020 - update

Date: Monday 27 April 2020

Cars, vans or motorcycles' MOT expiry dates will be extended by 6 months where they are due on or after 30 March 2020 - but the vehicle must be maintained in a safe-to-drive condition. The new rules have been amended to clarify that the vehicle's MOT expiry date will be updated about 7 days before it was originally due to expire.

Your MOT certificate will be extended by 6 months if it was due to expire on or after 30 March 2020 and your vehicle is a:

The extension also applies to these types of vehicles that are due their first MOT test on or after 30 March 2020.

Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will be automatically extended by 6 months if it’s eligible. This will be done about 7 days before it’s due to expire.

This means that:

You will not get a new paper MOT certificate with the new expiry date on it.

You must still keep your vehicle safe to drive.

Example

Your vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 3 May 2020.

This will automatically be extended to 3 November 2020. You will need to get your MOT by this date.

What you need to do

Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will be updated about 7 days before it was originally due to expire.

Three days before your MOT was originally due to expire, check the expiry date has been extended.

If the expiry date has not been extended 3 days before it was due to expire, email covid19mot@dvsa.gov.uk.

You need to include these details in the email:

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will then:

If your vehicle tax and MOT ran out in April

You cannot renew your vehicle tax until your MOT expiry date has been extended. It will be extended a few days before it was originally due to expire.

This means you might need to wait until later in April to tax your vehicle.

Check that the MOT expiry date has been extended before you tax your vehicle.

Keep your vehicle safe to drive

You must make sure your vehicle is safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). It can be unsafe even if your MOT expiry date has been extended.

Find out:

Get unsafe vehicles repaired

Take your vehicle to be repaired at the nearest open garage if it’s unsafe. These are allowed to stay open during the coronavirus outbreak.

You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.