Book an MOT/vehicle test online
Book your MOT appointment/ vehicle test as soon as you get your reminder letter but you should note that due to a backlog as a result of Covid-19 the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) is experiencing high demand.
DVA is planning to resume full vehicle testing services from 26 July 2021.
Before you start
Temporary Exemption Certificates (TECs)
Existing TECs applied to eligible private cars, light goods vehicles and motorcycles aged four to nine years will be extended by a further month from the date the existing exemption ends. Four year old cars and motorcycles and three year old light goods vehicles due a first time test will have a five month TEC applied from the date their first MOT is due.
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.
These extensions will not apply to certain vehicle categories, including all private cars, motorcycles and light goods vehicles that are aged 10 to 39 years and taxis and buses, which must be tested before their existing TECs expire. A reminder notification will issue for these vehicles, advising owners 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
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.
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 you are encouraged to check your 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), 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 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)
When booking a vehicle test you’ll need:
- the vehicle registration number
- the last four digits of the chassis number
- if using the online or telephone service, a debit or credit card
DVA is unable to accept payment by Maestro Debit card for vehicle test bookings, you can still use another card to book tests.
The online MOT/ vehicle test booking service has resumed for all eligible categories.
You can arrange a test for these categories through the link below.
Through the online service, you 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.
Booking by telephone
All of the above eligible 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
The telephone booking line opens from 8am – 5pm Monday – Thursday, and 8am – 1pm Friday.
This number is only for booking vehicle testing appointments. Other queries should continue to be submitted using the contact details provided in the contacting the Driving and Vehicle Agency (DVA) section, on this page.
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 do a vehicle test. DVA will be in contact with customers to arrange their taximeter test.
Temporary Exemption Certificates (TECs)
TECs apply to vehicles which are not currently eligible for a vehicle test due to capacity challenges caused by Covid 19. TECs will be automatically generated from the DVA’s system for all eligible vehicles without any action needed to be taken by the vehicle owner.
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.
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. You can view the expiry date on your Vehicle through
Due to legislative requirements TECs are applied by the DVA on a phased basis, for different durations based on vehicle type.
Before the TEC period ends DVA will issue a reminder notice to the registered keeper to book and present their vehicle for test.
Change, cancel or view your appointment
Cancellations normally happen throughout the day, so this allows you to see the dates that have become available.
- Change your MOT/vehicle test appointment online
- Cancel your MOT/vehicle test appointment online
- View your MOT/vehicle test appointment online