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Coronavirus: MOTs due up to 29 March 2020

What to do if your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT due date is up to and including 29 March 2020.

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This page tells you what to do if your vehicle’s MOT runs out before 30 March 2020. It will be updated if anything changes.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

This page tells you what to do if your car, motorcycle, light van or other light vehicle MOT due date is up to and including Sunday 29 March 2020.

You need to follow different guidance if your MOT due date is on or after Monday 30 March 2020.

There are different rules for MOT tests for lorries, buses and trailers.

What to do if your MOT runs out

What you need to do depends on whether:

This guidance applies if your MOT is due up to and including Sunday 29 March 2020 and either:

  • you have not had it tested yet
  • it was tested, but failed its MOT and needs a retest

It applies to all vehicles, including those that need their first MOT test.

You or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus

You must not take your vehicle for its MOT if you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms.

You have to stay at home if you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms. This is called ‘self-isolation’.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is working with insurers and the police to make sure you are not unfairly penalised for not being able to get an MOT while you’re self-isolating.

If your vehicle tax is due to run out before you can get an MOT

Register your vehicle as off the road (SORN) if all of these apply:

  • your MOT is due to run out (or already has)
  • your vehicle tax is due to run out
  • you cannot get your vehicle tested because you’re self-isolating

You need to do this because you need a valid MOT (unless your vehicle is exempt) to renew your vehicle tax.

When you no longer need to self-isolate

You must not drive your vehicle before you take it to its MOT.

  1. Book your MOT test at an open centre. MOT centres and garages are still allowed to stay open.

  2. Tax your vehicle when it has passed its MOT. Only do this if you had to register it as off the road.

The MOT centre will not give you a paper copy of your MOT certificate. This is to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. You can download a copy when you check your vehicle’s MOT history after the test.

You are extremely vulnerable from coronavirus

You must not take your vehicle for its MOT if you’re extremely vulnerable from coronavirus.

You should stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact. This is called ‘shielding’.

DfT is working with insurers and the police to make sure you are not unfairly penalised for not being able to get an MOT while you’re being shielded.

If your vehicle tax is due to run out while you’re being shielded

Register your vehicle as off the road (SORN) if all of these apply:

  • your MOT is due to run out (or already has)
  • your vehicle tax is due to run out
  • you cannot get your vehicle tested because you’re being shielded

You need to do this because you need a valid MOT (unless your vehicle is exempt) to renew your vehicle tax.

When you no longer need to be shielded

You must not drive your vehicle before you take it to its MOT.

  1. Book your MOT test.

  2. Tax your vehicle when it has passed its MOT. Only do this if you had to register it as off the road.

You’re not self-isolating or extremely vulnerable

Book your MOT test if you’re not self-isolating or extremely vulnerable from coronavirus.

MOT centres and garages are allowed to stay open for you to do this. You can use any open MOT centre.

You should only get your vehicle’s MOT done if you need to use it:

  • to shop for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • for any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • to travel for work purposes (but only where you cannot work from home)

The MOT centre will not give you a paper copy of your MOT certificate. This is to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. You can download a copy when you check your vehicle’s MOT history after the test.

Driving if your MOT or vehicle tax has run out

You must not drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT or vehicle tax has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.

The only exceptions are if you are driving it:

  • to or from somewhere to be repaired
  • to a pre-arranged MOT test
Published 25 March 2020