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Computerisation of the MOT scheme

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has now computerised the administration of the MOT scheme. This provides up to date information electronically in all aspects of the MOT enabling an improved service to the customer.

The benefits of the scheme
Improved testing standards by:
  • providing accurate, up-to-date information for the MOT testing stations
  • >collecting better information
  • monitoring test standards more closely
  • improving the quality of MOT documents
Reduced theft and fraud associated with MOT certificates by:

  • closer monitoring
  • tighter control of certificates
  • reducing dependence on paper certificates

    Improved administration by:

  • passing information to and from garages electronically
  • automatically collecting and updating information
  • providing electronic ordering and payment systems
  • improving the way records are kept

    Improved consumer protection and confidence in the MOT test by:

  • ensuring more consistent standards
  • enabling the general public to check if a vehicle passed or failed an MOT
  • improving protection and making it easier to detect fraud
How to check the MOT status of your vehicle

For motorists the main feature of the new system is that you can check the MOT status of any vehicle that you own, or are considering buying. You are able to do this either by calling our MOT status check service on 0870 330 0444 (national rate) or visiting the link below

If you are buying a second hand vehicle, and want to check its MOT status you will need the registration mark of the vehicle and either the test number from the new style MOT test certificate or the document reference number from the V5C registration certificate.

The system will provide you with certain key information including make, model and colour of the vehicle, together with the MOT status and expiry date of the valid MOT. The vehicle's mileage recorded at the time of the MOT test will also be disclosed when you make your enquiry.

Checking the MOT history of your vehicle


In addition to MOT status, the facility to check the MOT history of the vehicle is also available. It provides full test details for all the tests undertaken on the vehicle since the system was computerised. Information relating to any advisory items recorded at the time of an MOT test together with the mileages recorded at each Computerised MOT test is also available as part of this service. We hope that this service will encourage motorists to obtain the test history of vehicles before buying so they can make a more informed decision on the suitability of the vehicle.


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