Changes to the MOT Certificate

Did you know that in October 2011 the MOT Certificate changed? You will no longer receive the green certificate many of us are so familiar with, but a white, printed receipt of your MOT result.

The reason behind this is that all MOT information is now held online, so you are simply given a receipt showing what information has been recorded against your vehicle on the VOSA database.

MOT Certificate changes: Don't Get Done, Get DomLast month, BBC show Don’t Get Done, Get Dom ran a report on these changes – it was surprising to see that despite the change coming into force over 18 months ago, many people still expect to see the old-style certificates. To watch the BBC report visit their website at

The direct website address mentioned in the report, where you can go to check the validity of an MOT Certificate, * is You will need the vehicle registration number and either an MOT test number – found on your test certificate receipt – or the reference number from your V5C (logbook).

EDIT 03/12/2015: In 2015 the printed receipt format changed again, so now looks different to the papers shown in the video. The new receipts are in a portrait format.

* The new web address to check MOT information is at