Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 - but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.
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This page tells you about the extension of MOT expiry dates because of coronavirus.
It will be updated if anything changes.
MOT expiry dates are being extended by 6 months to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Your MOT certificate will be extended by 6 months if it was due to expire on or after 30 March 2020 and your vehicle is a:
- light van
- other light vehicle
This includes these types of vehicles that are due their first ever MOT test.
There are different rules if your MOT expiry date was on or before 29 March 2020.
How the 6-month extension works
Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will be automatically extended by 6 months if it’s eligible. This will be done just before it’s due to expire.
This means that:
- your vehicle will still have a valid MOT certificate for an extra 6 months
- you can still tax your vehicle
- your insurance will still be valid
- your vehicle’s record will be updated so the police can see you have a valid MOT
You will not get a new paper MOT certificate with the new expiry date on it.
You must still keep your vehicle safe to drive.
Example Your vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 3 May 2020.
This will automatically be extended to 3 November 2020. You will need to get your MOT by this date.
What you need to do
Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will only be updated a few days before it was originally due to expire.
Three days before your MOT was originally due to expire, check the expiry date has been extended.
If the expiry date has not been extended 3 days before it was due to expire, email email@example.com.
You need to include these details in the email:
- the date your MOT expired
- your vehicle registration number (number plate)
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will then:
- update your vehicle’s record
- email you to tell you this has been done
If your vehicle tax and MOT run out in April
You cannot renew your vehicle tax until your MOT expiry date has been extended. It will be extended a few days before it was originally due to expire.
This means you might need to wait until later in April to tax your vehicle.
Keep your vehicle safe to drive
You must make sure your vehicle is safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). It can be unsafe even if your MOT expiry date has been extended.
Get unsafe vehicles repaired
Take your vehicle to be repaired at the nearest open garage if it’s unsafe. These are allowed to stay open during the coronavirus outbreak.
You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.