How do I prepare for the test?
Your vehicle should be road worthy and in full working order, so it is advisable to have it checked by a mechanic before the test. You must also ensure that the exterior/interior and underparts of the vehicle are clean, or the examiner may refuse to test it.
Updating the MOT test
A number of additional items have been introduced to the MOT test. These are mainly because manufacturers have introduced new technology to make vehicles safer on the roads but also to further standardise inspection across Europe.
You can download more information about these changes
- Changes to the MOT test - cars and light goods vehicles (PDF 244 KB)
- Changes to the MOT test - heavy goods, trailers and buses (PDF 203 KB)
- Help with PDF files
The Vehicle Inspection Manuals have been amended to reflect the changes. These manuals can be viewed online at:
- Light Vehicle Inspection Manual (DOE website)
- Heavy Vehicle Inspection Manual (DOE website)
- Motor Bicycle Inspection Manual (DOE website)
Can I prepare the vehicle myself or will I have to take it to a garage?
Anyone can prepare the vehicle for the test however, some specialist equipment may be needed to check certain elements required for the test, for example headlight alignment.
What documents do I need to bring with me on the day of the test?
- vehicle registration document V5C(NI)
- appointment letter
- any current Certificate or Notice of Refusal for all cars, motorcycles, light goods vehicles and heavy goods vehicles
If you are bringing a taxi or bus you must present all of the above documents as well as
- a current Certificate of Insurance
Is my vehicle covered by insurance?
You can drive an untaxed vehicle to and from the test centre for a prearranged MOT test provided you have adequate insurance cover in place for the use of that vehicle.