Vehicle testing available for eligible categories of vehicles
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
- four year old private cars, including four year old cars which got a six month Temporary Exemption Certificate (TEC)
- four year old motorcycles
- three year old light goods vehicles
- all heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) due a test from 1 September 2020
- all trailers due a test from 1 September 2020
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)
Owners of these vehicles should pro-actively seek to book a test.
The DVA will no longer be issuing Temporary Exemption Certificates for the vehicles in the categories listed above, and will instead issue reminder notices to the owners with instructions on how to book a test. Reminders will be sent as the vehicles approach their test due date. Please note that capacity within the test centre network remains limited due to COVID 19.
Applying by telephone
Please call 0345 247 2471
(8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Thursday and 8.00 am to 1.00 pm Friday).
The online MOT/vehicle test booking service has resumed for the categories above.
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.
Vehicle testing for other categories
Vehicle testing will remain unavailable for private cars and motorcycles over five years old, as well as light goods vehicles over four years old.
Owners of these vehicles should not attempt to book an appointment. Vehicles in these categories will continue to avail of a Temporary Exemption Certificate (TEC) until testing has fully resumed.
Taxis and buses (for ‘hire and reward’ use) due a first time test can also be booked in for a vehicle test. These vehicles require a separate approval and follow a different process outlined in the links below.
Taxis require a taximeter test before they can undertake a vehicle test. DVA will be in contact with customers to arrange their taximeter test.
Temporary Exemption Certificates (TECs)
Since vehicle testing was suspended, vehicles with a test appointment have been issued with a Temporary Exemption Certificate (TEC), to make sure that they may continue to be driven legally on the road.
Issuing TECs has been an effective way of keeping vehicles on the road and making sure they can be taxed and insured. TECs will continue to be issued to all eligible vehicles until all vehicle testing services resume.
TECs will be automatically generated from DVA’s system for all eligible vehicles without any action needed to be taken by the vehicle owner.
All TECs will be automatically updated on DVA’s system and on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) system so that the vehicle can be taxed.
The DVA will not issue a hard copy of the TEC to customers.
Vehicles whose existing MOT certificate expired from 26 March or will expire before testing for their category resumes will be automatically exempt from testing for a full 12 months, with their new MOT expiry date pushed forward into 2021, when there will be capacity to test them.
For vehicles which have previously been issued a TEC as a result of issues with the scissor lifts, their TEC will be automatically extended to the maximum timeframes set out in legislation, up to a maximum period of 12 months from their last MOT expiry date.
Due to legislative requirements TECs are applied by DVA on a phased basis, for different durations based on vehicle type. However, where relevant, the DVA will automatically apply further exemptions to ensure the full 12 months are covered.
Before the TEC period ends DVA will issue a reminder notice to the registered keeper to book and present their vehicle for test.
Checking a vehicle’s MOT status
Customers may check the status of their MOT and details of the new expiry date online at:
Note that due to legislative requirements TECs are applied by DVA on a phased basis, for different durations based on vehicle type.
So when you check online, it will show the date your MOT expires based on the initial TEC period that has been applied.
However, where applicable, the DVA will automatically apply further exemptions to ensure the full 12 months are covered.
Should the online check show your MOT has expired then contact DVA Customer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Owners of trailers will be unable to check online and should also contact the DVA Customer Services with any queries.
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 comply with their legal obligation to keep their vehicle in a roadworthy condition if they are using it on the road.
Owners should continue to service their vehicle and carry out basic checks such as regularly checking tyre pressures and tread depths, looking out for brake wear and ensuring that all lights are working.
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.
HGVs, trailers and buses due a first time test
For heavy goods vehicles, trailers and buses due a first time test, 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. 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.