According to the DVSA, 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.
A duplicate certificate is issued when a vehicle owner loses or damages the original and requires a replacement. Previously, to obtain a replacement you were required to go to an MOT centre and ask them to print a duplicate for you.
However, from the 8th May 2019, the DVSA has launched a new service to allow people to obtain a copy of their MOT certificate, online, for free, via their new “replace MOT certificate service” – but only for tests carried out since 20th May 2018.
Using the replace MOT certificate service
The new service is part of the overall MOT history service that you may already be familiar with. The MOT history service works on mobiles, tablets and PCs and can be accessed at www.gov.uk/check-mot-history.
Your MOT test result, details and the certificate are all available as soon as the MOT centre has finished recording the result from your MOT.
The option to view the certificate appears alongside the test record in the vehicle’s MOT history. To view the certificate, you need to type in the 11-digit reference number (without spaces) from your vehicle’s V5C (log book).
To view the certificate, you need to type in the 11-digit reference number (without spaces) from your vehicle’s V5C (log book).
Getting a duplicate certificate from your MOT centre
MOT centres will still be able to provide this service for you if you would prefer. However, the MOT centre will be able to charge up to £10 for a duplicate certificate. You will also be required to supply proof to the MOT centre that you are entitled to a copy of the certificate. You can provide them with either:
- the vehicle registration and 11-digit reference number from the V5C (log book), or
- the test number from the original certificate
Notes: Information courtesy of Grant Thunder, DVSA. May 2019.