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How to check your vehicle's MOT history in the UK

December 11, 2023

Are you planning to buy a used vehicle or want to ensure that your vehicle meets safety and environmental standards? Checking the MOT history of your vehicle can help you identify potential issues and avoid any unpleasant surprises during its next MOT test!

Plus, find out when your MOT is due, choose from over 6,000 garages near you and book an MOT directly in Caura!

There are four ways to check your MOT history:

1) Check your full MOT history, including past faults and advisories in Caura

The easiest way to check your vehicle's MOT history is in the Caura app.

Download Caura for free and enter your vehicle registration number to the app. Then, tap on 'MOT' to view your MOT history - it's that easy!

The best part is that you can also book an MOT, car service or repairs directly in the app via our network of over 6000 trusted garages nationwide.

Banner showing you can check MOT history and mileage in Caura

2) Use the MOT history check service

Another way to check your vehicle's MOT history is to use the government's MOT history check service.

Go to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) website and enter your vehicle's registration number. Confirm that the details showing up are correct and then click ‘MOT History’.

DVSA website to check MOT history

The service will display the MOT history of the vehicle, including the date of each test, the results, and any advisories or failures. From there, you will also be able to download copies of older test certificates.

3) By phone

You can also check the MOT history of a vehicle by calling the DVSA on 0300 123 9000 and providing them with the registration number. They will then be able to provide you with your MOT history details.

4) By post

If you prefer, you can also check the MOT history of a vehicle by filling out a V888 form and sending it to the DVSA. The address the form should be sent to is:

Vehicle Record Enquiries,
DVLA,
Swansea,
SA99 1AJ

The DVSA will then send you a copy of the vehicle’s MOT history. The V888 form will look like this:

V888 form to send to the DVSA to check MOT history

Why check your vehicle's MOT history?

Checking the MOT history of your vehicle can help you identify potential issues before they become serious. For example, if the vehicle has failed previous MOT tests due to a particular issue, you may want to have that issue checked before the next MOT test.

Additionally, checking the MOT history of a used vehicle can help you make an informed decision before purchasing it.

In conclusion, checking your vehicle's MOT history is crucial, and you can do so easily in Caura, online or by contacting the DVSA by phone or post. By doing so, you can ensure that your vehicle meets safety and environmental standards and avoid any unpleasant surprises during the next MOT test.

Book an MOT test with Caura

If you need to book an MOT test, the Caura app makes the process easy and convenient.

Plus, the app also reminds you when your MOT is due, and you can book a test at great prices from over 6,000 garages directly through the app!

Caura home screen showing MOT due reminder and Book MOT garage feature

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