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How to Replace MOT Certificate

If your car is over three years old, the law dictates it must undergo an MOT test every year to ensure optimum safety when driving on the road. An MOT certificate is crucial if you plan to sell your car, as any prospective buyer will want to see the certificate before purchase – as proof your car is roadworthy. An MOT certificate is also useful if you’ve been in a car accident, as any insurance claim you make will need proof your car was suitable for the road and without one you may miss out on a large payout. 

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In 2018, more than 636,000 duplicate MOT certificates were issued in Great Britain.

That’s about 2% of all MOT tests done each year. Without a valid MOT certificate, it is illegal to drive on UK roads and you can’t renew your road tax without one. If you’ve lost your MOT certificate, be sure to get a replacement as soon as possible to avoid possible fines of up to £1000. 

Online Replacement Service

The demand for a replacement MOT certificate is growing, so the government has made the replacement process easier with their online MOT replacement service which is available to use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By using this free service, you’re able to view, save as a PDF and print your MOT certificate, but there are a few limitations of the service. Firstly, you need two details: 

  • The vehicle registration (number plate)
  • The 11-digit number from the vehicle log book (V5C) 

As it stands, you cannot use this service for HGVs, trailers, and PSVs (public service vehicles). Alternatively, you can fill out this form to apply for a replacement MOT certificate for HGVs and trailers or fill out this form for a replacement form for PSVs.

Contact Your Local Garage

If you don’t have access to a printer, you can visit your local garage and they’ll be able to provide this service for you. Going to a garage means you’ll be able to get a replacement MOT certificate for any vehicle, as online restrictions don’t apply. 

If you don’t have access to the information needed, it’s best to go to the garage that provided your MOT as they’ll most likely have this information on file. 

Beware of Dodgy Websites

When looking online to replace your MOT certificate, you may come across websites that will ask for a payment in return. None of these companies are able to provide you with correct and legal documentation and will send you a false MOT certificate – if any at all. 

Ensure you use the official government site or an approved garage to apply for a replacement certificate. 

Here at Tyres Northampton, we provide an unparalleled MOT service at a competitive rate, for customers in Northampton and the surrounding areas. We have over 25 years of experience in providing a tyre-fitting service, giving you peace of mind when you choose our services. For more information on any of our services, please get in touch with a member of our team today.


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