Apply for an ADR annual inspection waiver if your MOT was extended

You can apply for a waiver for your ADR test to continue carrying dangerous goods if your vehicle had an MOT extension.

Applies to England, Scotland and Wales

If your vehicle’s MOT was extended, and you do not get your vehicle tested, you must apply for a waiver to continue transporting dangerous goods.

Application for ADR annual inspection waiver

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Your vehicle is eligible for a waiver if it’s registered in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), it received an MOT extension, and it either:

Vehicles you cannot get a waiver for

You cannot get a waiver for:

  • vehicles that have not had an MOT extension
  • a new non-type approved dangerous goods vehicle being put into service for the first time
  • a vehicle where the details on the ADR certificate have changed - for example, a change of owner or the products it’s allowed to carry

You need to apply to get these vehicles approved to carry dangerous goods by road in the usual way.

What you need to do

  1. Check when your authorisation expires - you can find this on the ADR certificate if you have one, or in your digital records.

  2. Download and fill in the form for each vehicle.

  3. Save the form on your computer or device.

  4. Send the form to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) 10 working days before your authorisation runs out. Do not send it any earlier.

DVSA dangerous goods

There’s no application fee.

Rules for using the waiver

You must carry these documents (either printed or digital copies) in the vehicle:

  • a copy of the confirmation email from DVSA
  • the authorisation certificate

You can be given a deferred prohibition notice for not carrying the right documents.

You must follow the rules when transporting dangerous goods at all times.

Published 30 March 2020
Last updated 19 June 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added information that you can book a dangerous goods vehicle (ADR) inspection from 4 July 2020 - but you can still apply for a waiver if you have a 3-month MOT exemption.

  2. Removed "a dangerous goods vehicle which is not covered by [The Goods Vehicles (Plating and Testing) Regulations 1988]( - for example, a vehicle or trailer (including the maximum load it can carry safely when it’s being used on the road) that’s less than 3.5 tonnes (this is sometimes called the ‘gross vehicle weight’)" from vehicles you cannot get a waiver for. You can now apply for a waiver for these types of vehicles.

  3. First published.