Book, view, change or cancel an MOT/ vehicle test

You can apply for a vehicle test online, by telephone, in person or by post. You should book your test as soon as you receive your reminder letter.

There's a big demand for MOT appointments so you might find it difficult to get the appointment as soon as you'd like.  If you've already booked a MOT vehicle test and want to change it to an earlier date, you can do this online, by phone or by visiting a test centre. Details below under 'Change'.

Online services

Book

This page allows you to book your MOT/ vehicle test or retest online:

View

This page allows you to view your MOT/ vehicle test appointment online:

Change

You can also change and rebook your MOT/ vehicle test appointment online if your circumstances change. Your appointment notice will tell you the last day you must do this by. If you change your appointment by this date, the payment you've already made is carried over to the new date:

You can also change and rebook your appointment by visiting any of the DVA test centres or by phoning the booking line:

Cancel

You can also cancel and refund your MOT/ vehicle test appointment:

Your appointment notice will advise you of the last day you can cancel your appointment. Your fee will only be refunded if you give enough notice of the cancellation.

You can also cancel by calling at any of the DVA test centres or by phoning the booking line:

Alternatively you can complete the relevant details on your appointment notice and post it to any of the DVA test centres, allowing enough time for it to reach the test centre.

Selection of dates and times

Booking an MOT as soon as you get your MOT reminder letter means that you have a wider range of dates and times to choose from. However, waiting times vary between centres and it is often the case that tests can be secured more quickly at another MOT test centre.

Tell DVA when booking which dates suit you and it will try to accommodate you. 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:

Applying by telephone

The telephone booking line opens from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Thursday and 8.00 am to 1.00 pm on a Friday:

Applying in person

You can apply in person by completing an application form and returning it to one of the test centres which are open Monday to Friday from 8.45 am to 12.30 pm and 1.15 pm to 4.00 pm.

Applying by post

You will need to fill in an application form and send it with the right fee to the vehicle test centre where you would like the test conducted.

Application forms are available to download from the link below.

HGVs, trailers and buses

For heavy goods vehicles, trailers and buses, you’ll be provided with a booking reference number. You will then have to contact your selected test centre to get your test date and time. Appointment notices will be sent out when the booking has been confirmed with the test centre.

Book early for more choice of dates

Booking an MOT as early as possible means that you'll have a wider range of dates and times to choose from. 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.

You can normally book, cancel or change a vehicle test online 24 hours a day, every day. However, during periods of system maintenance, the service may be unavailable for short periods of time.

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:

Cheque payments for appointments that fall within a 10 day cheque clearance time cannot be accepted. These appointments can be paid by credit or debit card or by cash. Payment by cheque is acceptable for appointments that fall outside the 10 day clearance time.

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.

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