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How to get a replacement MOT certificate

December 12, 2023

If you’ve lost or damaged your MOT certificate, don’t panic.

In this blog, we'll walk you through what an MOT certificate is, why it's crucial to have one, how to get a replacement MOT certificate, and how to book an MOT in Caura.

What is an MOT certificate

An MOT certificate is an essential document in the UK that confirms your vehicle meets the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards.

You will receive an MOT certificate upon completion of the MOT test which checks several car components like tyres, lights, seat belts, exhaust emissions, and more, to ensure the safety of the driver, passengers, and other road users.

This test is mandatory for all vehicles over three years old. If your car passes the MOT test, you'll receive an MOT certificate.

Why do you need an MOT certificate

An MOT certificate plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and integrity of your vehicle, and is important for the following reasons:

  1. Legal requirement: the law mandates all vehicles over three years old to have a valid MOT certificate. Driving without one could result in hefty fines
  2. Vehicle insurance: insurance companies require you to have a valid MOT certificate if your vehicle requires an MOT. If you have an accident and your vehicle doesn't have a valid MOT, your insurance claim could be affected
  3. Vehicle excise Duty (vehicle tax): you need a valid MOT certificate in order to pay your vehicle tax. This is very important since you can get fines of up to £1,000 for not paying your tax. So get your MOT done well in advance of your vehicle’s tax expiry
  4. Vehicle resale: if you plan to sell your vehicle, a valid MOT certificate can increase its value as it reassures buyers about the car's condition

Losing your MOT certificate can be stressful, but the good news is that if you've misplaced your MOT certificate, getting a replacement is straightforward.

How to Get a Replacement MOT Certificate

If you've lost your MOT certificate, don't panic. Here's how you can get a replacement MOT certificate:

Online via the government website

Apply online and you can get a replacement MOT certificate for free. You’ll need your Vehicle Registration Number (VRN) and V5C number (11 digits that can be found in your vehicle logbook).

At an MOT test centre

You can ask for a replacement MOT certificate from any MOT test centre. You’ll need to have the Vehicle Registration Number (VRN) and V5C reference number, and the MOT test centre can charge you up to £10.

Remember, a replacement MOT certificate will have the same expiry date as your lost MOT certificate. It's not a way to extend the validity of your vehicle's MOT. If your vehicle is due an MOT, book now in Caura.

Book an MOT in Caura

Booking an MOT in Caura is easy. Enter your Vehicle Registration Number, choose a centre that’s convenient for you, select your preferred dates and book in minutes.

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Don't wait until the last minute to get your MOT test done. Garages get booked up quickly, so booking early ensures you get your preferred date, and will give you enough time for any necessary repairs if your vehicle fails the MOT test.

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