Your vehicle can either pass or fail the MOT. If it fails, you'll get a list of things that need to be fixed.
Passing the MOT
If your vehicle passes the MOT:
- you'll get an MOT certificate from the test centre
- it will be recorded in the MOT database
The MOT certificate will show the mileage recorded at the current and previous 3 test passes. This is shown as the 'odometer reading and history'.
Report any mistakes with the latest reading to the MOT centre within 7 days. They will give you a replacement certificate.
Mistakes on an earlier mileage can't be changed.
Failing the MOT
If your vehicle fails the MOT:
you'll get a 'refusal of an MOT test certificate' from the test centre
it will be recorded in the MOT database
You can appeal the result if you think it's wrong.
Driving a vehicle that's failed
You must not drive the vehicle on the road if it fails the test, even if the MOT hasn't run out, except to:
- have the failed defects fixed
- a pre-arranged MOT test appointment
You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.