Temporary Exemption Certificates (TECs)
MOT temporary exemption certificates (TECs) for some vehicle groups will be extended by a further four months.
Existing TECs for qualifying vehicles will be extended by a further four months from the date the existing exemption ends. This applies to private cars, light goods vehicles and motorcycles aged 4-9 years, which will expire between 26 March 2021 and 25 March 2022.
Four year old cars and motorcycles and three year old light goods vehicles due a first time test between the above dates will have a four month TEC applied. The TEC will be applied from the date your first MOT or Goods Vehicle test is due.
Vehicles, including all private cars, motorcycles and light goods vehicles that are aged 10 to 39 years old must be tested before their existing TECs expire. A reminder notification will issue to you. Further TEC extensions will not be applied to these vehicle categories.
New TECs or extensions to existing TECs will be 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.
Some owners who have booked tests for vehicles that are entitled to the four month extension, have been contacted by DVA and their test appointment cancelled. Their test fee will be refunded as quickly as possible.
If you are one of those owners, you don’t need to do anything until you receive a reminder notification from DVA to present your vehicle for 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 .
The exemption will be applied four months before the old expiry date.
TECs will continue to be applied to all qualifying vehicles until vehicle testing services return to full testing capacity.
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 also not delay making an MOT appointment when you receive a reminder from the DVA to book a vehicle test.
For all vehicles with TECs applied, the DVA will issue a reminder notice to the registered keeper of the vehicle before the TEC period ends, with instructions on how to book a test.
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.