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The MOT test can be carried out up to one month prior to the expiry date of an existing certificate provided that a current certificate is presented to the examiner at the time of the test.

MOT ChecklistOn passing the test, the vehicle will receive an MOT certificate valid from the date of expiry of your existing certificate.

All cars three years old and over require a valid MOT certificate by law. The contents and standards required are set by the Vehicle Inspectorate.

The annual inspection of your vehicle to ensure it meets minimum road safety standards. You may view the test if you wish. It will be carried out by a Vehicle Inspectorate Approved Tester. An assistant is essential for proper conduct of the test. You must not interrupt or distract the tester during the test.

A vehicle that is in good condition, and that has been regularly serviced and maintained to manufacturers specification, should be able to pass the test. However, items can deteriorate between services and tests.
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An MOT Certificate relates only to the condition of testable items at the time of the test. It should not be regarded as evidence of the condition of the items tested at any other time nor should it be taken as evidence of the general mechanical condition of the vehicle.

Below is a list of items that can be easily checked by the owner or driver:

Lights, windscreen washers, wipers, horn, mirrors, seatbelts, fuel and tyres, including pressures.

These checks should be conducted regularly and not just prior to the test.