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.
Last 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 www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p019x07s
The direct website address mentioned in the report, where you can go to check the validity of an MOT Certificate, *
is www.motinfo.gov.uk. 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