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Coronavirus: MOTs due from 30 March 2020

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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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 happens if your car, motorcycle, light van or other light vehicle MOT expiry date is on or after Monday 30 March 2020.

You need to follow different rules if your MOT expiry date was on or before Sunday 29 March 2020.

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

What you need to do

Your car, motorcycle, light van or other light vehicle’s MOT expiry date will be automatically extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after Monday 30 March 2020.

This means that your vehicle will still have a valid MOT certificate for an extra 6 months.

You do not need to do anything for this to happen. However, you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.

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

Example Your vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 3 April 2020.

This will automatically be extended to 3 October 2020. You will need to get your MOT by this date.

Check your MOT expiry date has been extended

Your MOT expiry date will usually be updated on the day your MOT is due to expire. However, it might be done up to a few days before.

You can check your MOT history to see when your MOT expiry date has been extended. Keep checking back if your new expiry date is not showing yet.

You will not get a paper certificate to show your new MOT expiry date.

If your MOT has expired and its expiry date has not been extended

Email DVSA if your MOT expired on or after 30 March 2020 and its expiry date has not been extended.

You need to include:

  • the date your MOT expired
  • your vehicle registration number (number plate)

MOT extensions
covid19mot@dvsa.gov.uk

If your vehicle tax is due

You can tax your vehicle as soon as your MOT expiry date has been updated.

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.

Find out how to check your vehicle is safe and read the rules about vehicle maintenance, safety and security.

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.

You should still take your vehicle to be repaired at the nearest open garage. The government is allowing them to remain open.

Published 25 March 2020
Last updated 3 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added information about what to do if your vehicle's MOT expired on or after 30 March 2020 and its expiry date has not been automatically extended.

  2. First published.