2. After the test

If your vehicle passes the test

You’ll get an MOT certificate and your test record will be entered onto the secure central MOT database if your vehicle passes the test.

Mileage information on the test certificate

Test certificates issued after 18 November 2012 show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes to help reduce vehicle crime.

This is shown on the certificate as the ‘odometer reading and history’.

If an earlier mileage is higher than a later one this could be due to:

  • a mistake by an MOT tester
  • a speedometer replacement
  • ‘clocking’ or tampering with your vehicle’s mileage

Mistakes on an earlier mileage can’t be changed. Check the latest mileage is correct and report any mistakes to the MOT centre within 7 days.

If your vehicle fails the test

You’ll get a ‘notification of failure’ from the test centre if your vehicle fails the test. The failure will be recorded in the secure central MOT database.

You can still drive your vehicle if it fails the test and its existing MOT certificate is still valid (ie you got it tested before the expiry date). However, you might be stopped by police and prosecuted if your vehicle is unroadworthy.

If the vehicle fails the test and the certificate has expired, you can only drive it to:

  • a pre-arranged appointment at a garage to have the repairs done
  • a pre-arranged MOT test appointment

Your vehicle should be retested at the same test centre which did the original test.

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