Book, view, change or cancel an MOT/ vehicle test
This page allows you to book, view, change or cancel your MOT/ vehicle test appointment online.
Temporary Exemption Certificates (TECs)
TECs have been applied to eligible private cars, light goods vehicles and motorcycles aged four to nine years. Four year old cars and motorcycles and three year old light goods vehicles that were due a first time test were given a five month TEC applied from the date their first MOT was due.
TECs were applied automatically to allow vehicles to be taxed and kept on the road. You do not need to do anything until you receive a reminder notification from the DVA to book a vehicle test.
You can check that a TEC has been applied and/ or extended by visiting Check the MOT status of a vehicle
Should the online check show your MOT has expired, contact the DVA for help at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Whilst a TEC may be in place, you should continue to service your vehicle and carry out basic checks. Look out for brake wear, make sure that all lights are working and regularly check tyre pressure and tread depth.
You should not delay making an MOT appointment when you receive a reminder from the DVA to book a vehicle test.
It may not always be possible to book a test at your preferred test centre and you may have to travel to another centre to secure a test before your current TEC or MOT test pass certificate expires.
Vehicle testing for other categories
Vehicle testing is currently available for a number of vehicles.
The following categories are able to book a vehicle test and should receive reminders but customers are encouraged to check their vehicle expiry date through Check the MOT status of a vehicle
- private cars, motorcycles and light goods vehicles aged 10-39 years old that have already availed of a Temporary Exemption Certificate for a 12 month period, which is due to expire
- all heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), first time buses and taxis
- all trailers due a test
Owners of trailers will be unable to check online and should also contact the DVA at email@example.com with any queries.
The following categories can also book a test but will not receive an automatic reminder as these vehicle are not currently in the DVA system.
- vehicles not registered or not previously tested in Northern Ireland and due a test
- vehicles with MOT expired by more than 12 months
- vehicles currently declared SORN (only if the previous MOT has expired by more than 12 months or if the vehicle is now due its first test)
- buses due a first time test (not for ‘hire and reward’ use)
Booking by telephone
All of the above qualifying categories can book an appointment by calling the booking line (with the exception of multiple bookings for HGV’s and trailers).
Call: 0345 247 2471
Lines are open 8am-5pm Monday to Thursday and 8am-1pm Friday.
The online MOT/vehicle test booking service has resumed for the categories above.
Through the online service, customers will be able to arrange and pay for a test for heavy goods vehicles and trailers. When using the online service, you’ll get a booking reference number. You will then have to email your chosen test centre to get your test date and time.
Or, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any HGV or trailer booking queries.
You’ll get an appointment notice when the booking has been confirmed with the test centre.
You can book MOT/vehicle test online.
Applying in person or by post
Due to Covid-19 DVA counter services and postal applications have been temporarily suspended.
Selection of dates and times
Waiting times vary between centres and it is often the case that tests can be secured more quickly at another MOT test centre.
Checking a vehicle’s MOT status
Customers may check the status of their MOT and details of the new expiry date online at:
It is important for owners to understand that it remains their responsibility to make sure their car is in a roadworthy condition to be used on a public road.
The PSNI and insurers expect motorists to meet their legal obligation to keep their vehicle in a roadworthy condition if they are using it on the road.
Book early for more choice of dates
Booking an MOT as early as possible. Vehicles can be tested up to 28 days before the expiry of the current test certificate without affecting the expiry date for the following year. This does not apply to test certificates issued in GB.
Waiting times vary between centres and it is often the case that tests can be secured more quickly at an alternative centre. Tell DVA when booking which dates suit you and they will try to accommodate you as far as possible. It may be possible to give you a cancellation or short notice appointment.
You can check what dates are available by contacting the telephone booking line on 0345 247 2471.
If you miss the test
If you don't cancel your appointment and miss your test, you will lose your fee. You will then have to pay the full fee for another appointment.
You can select a test centre, and the date and time of your test.