DVSA launches a new service that allows drivers to print off MOT certificates at home for free.
There’s a lot of paperwork when it comes to car ownership – V5, service history, purchase and finance documents, and MOT certificates. So it’s no surprise that many motorists end up misplacing their MOT certificate somewhere between leaving the garage and filing it away at home. In the past, this meant contacting your local MOT test centre and paying up to £10 for them to print off a replacement. And this was more common than you may think. In 2018, more than 630,000 MOT certificate copies were issued, costing British drivers a whopping £6 million.
Luckily, this costly system looks to be a thing of the past. The DVSA has launched a new online system which allows drivers to print a copy off at home for free! This new system can be found at https://www.gov.uk/replacing-lost-damaged-mot-certificate.
This new online option has been introduced in a push to “keep costs down for motorists and remove unnecessary barriers to getting out and about safely”, according to Roads Minister Jesse Norman. Neil Barlow, head of vehicle engineering at the DVSA, agreed, noting “We want to make sure that motorists have the information they need to keep their vehicles safe to drive.”
How does it work?
This new print option uses the same system as the online MOT and tax checker. All you need is the vehicle registration number and V5C number (the 11-digit number from the vehicle log book). You then follow the same process as checking the MOT. You enter your registration number and it takes you to a summary screen. Below the MOT expiry date is a section labelled “MOT history”. If you expand this you’ll see the car’s MOT history, including any advisories or defects. Under the “PASS” section is the option to “View test certificate”. You then enter your V5C number and can then view and reprint the MOT certificate.
Can I still get my certificate printed at my local MOT centre?
Absolutely! If you’d rather do things the old fashioned way, your local MOT test centre will be able to print your MOT certificate for you. However, this may still incur the £10 charge.
The system is also doesn’t cover some vehicles, including HGVs, trailers and public service vehicles.