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 DVA is experiencing high demand.

Before you start

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 at dva.customerservices@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk for help.

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 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 dva.customerservices@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk 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.

Booking online

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 dva.customerservices@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk with any HGV or trailer booking queries.

You'll get an appointment notice 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).

    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

    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.

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