How to get a free replacement MOT certificate

Posted on June 21st, 2019 by Rob Marshall


How to get a free replacement MOT certificate

Replacement MOT certificates (or, more accurately, the paper ‘receipts’) can now be downloaded, viewed and saved as PDFs, in the event of the original being lost. The new service is being offered to save time and hassle for the public and garages and is offered as part of the existing online MOT history service, under this link:


Using the DVSA replacement MOT service

You will need to enter the vehicle registration number and enter the 11-digit reference number on the middle right of your V5C registration document. The option to view the certificate appears alongside the test record in the vehicle’s MOT history.

While the DVSA emphasises that you do not need paper evidence most of the time, because the information is held on a database, it states that the service will also help to protect motorists, by giving them a free alternative to businesses that charge for a copy MOT certificate online.

Former Roads Minister Jesse Norman stated that “This is part of a government drive to keep costs down for motorists and remove unnecessary barriers to getting out and about safely.”

GEM understands that the service will be expanded later in 2019 to include certificates for lorries, buses and trailers.