Statutory guidance

MOT testing guide for test stations

How the MOT scheme is administered and the rules for authorised examiners, nominated testers and testing different types of vehicles.


MOT testing guide


This document helps you to follow the rules for carrying out MOT tests. It includes things like:

  • the rules for being authorised to carry out MOTs
  • what facilities and equipment you need
  • the documents you have to use and keep
Published 3 September 2013
Last updated 6 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updates to section H (Documentation) of the MOT testing guide. Full details are set out in the change table in the document.
  2. The MOT testing guide for test stations has been updated following changes to the MOT which came into effect on 20th May 2018.
  3. Updates to various sections of the MOT testing guide (set out in the change table in the document).
  4. Updated the testing guide with details of the MOT testing service, MOT tester qualifications and training.
  5. First published.