Apply for a trailer's first annual test (MOT)

Apply for a trailer over 3,500kg first used before 29 October 2012 to have its first annual test (MOT).


Application for a first examination of a trailer or semi-trailer

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Use this form to apply for a trailer’s first annual test after its been imported or manufactured.

Only use this form for trailers over 3,500kgs that were first used before 29 October 2012.

  1. Download and fill in the application form.

  2. Save the application form on your computer.

  3. Send the application form to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) using the service to apply for a vehicle test.

  4. Pay the application fee by credit or debit card (DVSA will contact you to do this after you’ve applied), cheque or postal order, or using a pre-funded account.

Your application can be delayed if you do not fill in the application form correctly.

You can also send the application by post.

DVSA Trailer section

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
Trailer section
PO Box 82

Trailers manufactured after 29 October 2012

For trailers over 3,500kgs manufactured after this date, apply for permission to supply a large goods trailer for use on the road. You need to have evidence of type approval.

Once a trailer’s been in use for more than a year, book an annual test.

If it was used outside Great Britain for 12 months or more

If your trailer was manufactured after 29 October 2012 and was used outside of Great Britain for 12 months or more before you apply for a ‘letter of consent’ from DVSA, you also need to book an annual test after consent’s been issued.

Read the DVSA personal information charter to find out how DVSA collects, uses, stores and shares your personal data.

Published 18 July 2013
  1. Step 1 Check when your test is due and get reminders

  2. Step 2 Book the test

  3. Step 3 Prepare your vehicle

  4. and Prepare the documents you need

  5. Step 4 Take your vehicle to the test

    1. Find out what happens at the test centre

    At the end of the test, you'll be told if your vehicle has passed or failed.