Book an MOT/vehicle test online

Book your MOT appointment/vehicle test as soon as you get your reminder letter but please be aware that the DVA is experiencing high demand due to a backlog as a result of Covid-19.

Before you start

Vehicle testing available for eligible 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

  • 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 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.

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.

Booking online

The online MOT/ vehicle test booking service has resumed for all eligible categories.

To arrange a test for these categories please access the below link. 

Through the online facility, customers will be able to arrange and pay for a test for heavy goods vehicles and trailers.

When using the online facility, you’ll be provided with a booking reference number. You will then have to contact your selected test centre by e-mail to get your test date and time.

Appointment notices will be issued when the booking has been confirmed with the test centre.

    Book MOT/vehicle test appointment online

    Additional information

    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).

    Please call 0345 247 2471 

    The telephone booking line opens from 8am – 7pm Mon – Wed, 8am – 5pm Thurs, and 8am – 1pm Fri.

    This number is exclusively 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.

    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

    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)

    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. However, where relevant, the DVA will automatically apply further exemptions to ensure the full 12 months are covered. 

    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. 

    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.

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