Latest update (July 2020):
From 1 August 2020, MOT testing for cars, motorcycles and light vans will become mandatory again. Your MOT certificate will not be extended if your vehicle’s MOT expires on or after 1 August 2020. You must book an MOT as usual.
This will not effect those who have already been granted an additional 6 months, they can continue to use the extended MOT date. Your MOT certificate will have been extended by 6 months if it expired between 30 March 2020 and 31 July 2020.
From 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans were extended by 6 months. This was done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
There’s separate guidance about what to do if your MOT due date is up to and including 29 March 2020.
There are different temporary rules for MOT tests for lorries, buses and trailers.
You do not need to do anything to extend your vehicle’s MOT expiry date if it’s on or after 30 March 2020. However, you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.
Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption. This will extend your current MOT expiry date by 6 months.
Example: Your vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 3 April 2020.
This will automatically be extended to 3 October 2020. You will need to get your MOT by this date.
You can check your MOT history to see when you have been issued an exemption. It will not be updated straight away, so keep checking back if your new due date MOT is not yet showing.
You will not get a paper exemption certificate.
If your vehicle tax is due, you can tax your vehicle as soon as your MOT due date has been updated.
Keep your vehicle safe to drive
You must make sure your vehicle is safe to drive (‘roadworthy’). It can be unsafe even if your MOT expiry date has been extended.
You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
You should still take your vehicle to be repaired at the nearest open garage. The government is allowing them to remain open.