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MOT Testing 

If your vehicle fails the test

Getting an MOT - after the test

If your vehicle passes the test you'll get an MOT certificate and your test record will be entered into the secure MOT database.

Test certificates issued after 18 November 2012 show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes to help reduce vehicle crime. This is shown on the certificate as 'odometer, reading and history.

If your vehicle fails the test you'll get a 'Notification of failure' straight away. The failure will be recorded in the secure central MOT database.

You can still drive your vehicle if it fails the test and its existing MOT certificate still valid (ie if you got it tested before the expiry date). However, you might be stopped by the police and prosecuted if you vehicle is unroadworthy.

If the vehicle fails the test and the certificate has expired you can only drive it to: 

- a pre-arranged appointment at a garage to have the repairs done.
- a pre-arranged appointment MOT test appointment.

Your vehicle should be retested at the same test centre which did the original test.

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