8. MOT text reminder service

Register for the MOT text reminder service to get messages telling you when your MOT is due.

If you don’t get a text for whatever reason, you can’t use this as an excuse for not getting your vehicle tested on time.

How the service works

Once you’re registered you’ll get 3 text reminders to your mobile phone to remind you of your MOT date.

The text reminder only tells you your final MOT due date. You can still renew your MOT up to 1 month before it expires.

The messages will be sent:

  • 5 weeks before
  • 2 weeks before
  • the day before

You’ll get a 4th message once the vehicle’s passed its MOT to remind you to register again for the next MOT test reminder.

Your registration can’t be transferred to another vehicle or different mobile phone number.

How much it costs

There’s a one-off charge of £1.50, which is collected through your mobile phone network provider once your registration is accepted.

What you’ll need to use this service

You’ll need:

  • a UK registered mobile phone
  • a UK registered vehicle
  • the vehicle’s latest MOT test number
  • to be able to incur charges on the mobile phone or have the bill payer’s permission

Check you’ve got enough credit if you’re using a pay-as-you-go phone and make sure there is room in your text message inbox for new messages.

How to register

Text your MOT test number to 66848 (MOT4U) from your mobile phone.

The MOT test number has 12 digits and is in the top left corner of your MOT test certificate (VT20).

You’ll be sent a message to say if you’ve registered successfully or not. If the information you send doesn’t match with the vehicle record, or payment can’t be taken (for example, if you’ve not got enough credit on your phone) then you won’t be able to register and you won’t be charged.

You can register as many vehicles as you want on the same phone, or register the same vehicle on different phones for £1.50 each time.

How long your registration lasts

Your registration will last for up to 13 months, and once your vehicle passes an MOT test or the due date for your MOT test passes, you’ll stop getting reminder messages.

When your vehicle passes its MOT test you will need to register and pay again for the service.

Cancelling your registration

You can cancel your registration at any time by sending a STOP text message to 66848 (MOT4U).

If you cancel within 7 working days of successfully registering you can get a refund as long as you haven’t been sent your 1st reminder text message.

To get a refund, send the following details to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) by email or post:

  • your full name
  • full postal address
  • contact telephone number
  • vehicle registration number
  • current MOT test number

PO Box 415
DH99 1YZ

You’ll get your refund by cheque within 30 days of a correctly submitted email or letter being received.

If you change your number plate

If you change your vehicle number plate (for example, get a personalised number) your MOT reminder text messages may refer to your old number plate.

Read the terms and conditions for the MOT reminder service.

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