MOT test result

Your vehicle can either pass or fail the MOT.

Passing the MOT

If your vehicle passes the MOT:

  • you’ll get an MOT certificate from the test centre
  • it will be recorded in the MOT database

You might also get a list of ‘minor’ or ‘advisory’ problems to monitor or fix in the future.

Mileage reading

The MOT certificate will show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes.

Check the mileage on your MOT certificate when you get it. Contact the MOT centre within 28 days if you think it’s wrong. They’ll check the mileage and give you a replacement certificate if the original reading is wrong.

If you got your certificate more than 28 days ago, report the mistake to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) instead.

You’ll need proof of what the mileage was close to the time of the MOT, for example service receipts.

Email photos or scans of any documents to DVSA. You can also send copies by post. Do not send original versions of your documents as they will not be returned.

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Failing the MOT

Your vehicle will fail if the test result lists ‘dangerous’ or ‘major’ problems with your vehicle. You might not be allowed to drive until you fix the problems.

You might also get a list of ‘minor’ or ‘advisory’ problems to monitor or fix in the future.

If your vehicle fails the MOT:

You can appeal the result if you think it’s wrong.

Driving a vehicle that’s failed

You can take your vehicle away if:

  • your current MOT certificate is still valid
  • no ‘dangerous’ problems were listed in the MOT

Otherwise, you’ll need to get it repaired before you can drive.

If you can take your vehicle away, it must still meet the minimum standards of roadworthiness at all times.

You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle that has failed its MOT because of a ‘dangerous’ problem.