Examiner (AE) is an individual, partnership or company authorised
by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to offer an MOT
testing service. The AE is also responsible for ensuring that test
equipment and facilities are regularly checked and are being well
a Authorised Tester
This guide will help you understand the legal responsibilities
of an Authorised Examiner (AE). An AE is an individual, partnership
or company authorised to offer an MOT testing service.
It describes the premises requirements and types of equipment
needed to operate as a vehicle testing station.
This guide also explains how you can apply to the Vehicle
and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) for AE status, as well
as what to do if your application is refused or your status
What is an Authorised Examiner?
In addition, the AE is responsible for making sure that the Nominated
Testers (NTs) - those doing MOT tests on their behalf - have the relevant
training and experience, undergo monthly quality control checks and
attend the five-yearly refresher training.
When VOSA grants AE status, it does so only to the legal entity that
has applied. This means that if the company is reconstructed in such
a way that it is given a new company registration number, or if in
a partnership a partner leaves or joins, then new authorisation may
It is also important to realise that AE status does not transfer with
a business. If you are buying an existing MOT station you need to
apply for AE status in your own right.
Who can apply and how to apply to become an Authorised Examiner
Authorised Examiner (AE) status can be granted by the Vehicle and
Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to an individual, partnership or company
that meets the requirements to carry out MOT tests.
To apply to become an AE, you will need to submit a VT01 form to VOSA.
However, before you complete it, it is important to read and understand
the supporting documents. Once you have completed the VT01, you will
also need to provide other documents to further support your application.