All cars over 3 years old must have an annual MOT test.
Most cars are registered when they are new, so your first MOT will be due 3 years after the registration date (you can find this on your vehicle registration document – the big, multi-coloured one).
The MOT test checks the condition and functionality of your car to make sure that it is safe and legal to use on public roads.
Driving a vehicle without a current MOT is illegal and the recent computerisation of the MOT system means that it is very easy for the police to find out whether your vehicle has a current MOT.
An MOT is not a substitute for a service and does not guarantee that your car is in good mechanical condition. No work is performed on your car as part of the test, although repairs may be necessary for it to pass its MOT.
MOTs have to be performed by registered MOT testing centres. The person doing the MOT will be a registered MOT tester and will be qualified to perform the test correctly.
The government sets MOT test fees – although some garages will offer discounts, you cannot be charged more than the standard test fee. Click here for current MOT test fees.