Historic (classic) vehicles: MOT and vehicle tax

1. Eligibility

The date your vehicle was built affects whether you need to:

Date the vehicle was built

1 January 1977 onwards


You must get an MOT and pay vehicle tax.

If you don’t know when your vehicle was built, but it was first registered between 1 and 7 January 1977, you don’t have to pay vehicle tax.

1 January 1960 to 31 December 1976 


You must get an MOT, but don’t have to pay vehicle tax.

Before 1 January 1960

You don’t have to get an MOT or pay vehicle tax.

What you have to do

You must apply for a vehicle tax exemption to stop paying vehicle tax. This is sometimes called putting a vehicle into the ‘historic tax class’.

You don’t have to apply to stop getting an MOT for your vehicle each year. However, you must still keep it in a roadworthy condition.

You can be fined up to £2,500 and get 3 penalty points for using a vehicle in a dangerous condition.