Did you know that the majority of vehicles cannot be taxed without a valid MOT certificate? 

Read on and find out why you need a valid MOT to tax your vehicle, and what happens to your remaining car tax when your current MOT runs out.


Can You Tax a Car Without an MOT?

You may only tax your car without an MOT if your vehicle is:

You will still need to tax your car even if it is over 40 years old and has classic car tax exemption. This won’t cost you anything, and you will not need an MOT certificate to do this.  


Why Do You Need a Valid MOT to Tax Your Vehicle?

The DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) requires that most drivers hold a valid MOT certificate for their vehicle before renewing or purchasing road tax.

It is illegal to tax your car without an MOT, and this could invalidate your insurance policy - an insurer is unlikely to want to cover you if you are involved in an accident without a valid MOT.  

In order to tax your car, you need an MOT certificate which is valid on the start of your vehicle tax date - or the date it is issued.  

If your current MOT expires before these dates, then you cannot tax the vehicle until you have secured a new MOT certificate.

You should book an MOT test as soon as possible, so that you can make sure to tax your vehicle before the MOT cover runs out.  


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You can use the gov.uk website to check if your vehicle has a valid MOT before you pay your car tax online.

You can also tax your car at your local post office, where your MOT status will be checked. You will need to take your up-to-date MOT certificate and V11 reminder with you to tax your vehicle. 


What Happens to My Remaining Car Tax When My MOT Runs Out?

If your MOT expires, you can request a car tax refund from the DVLA for any full months’ tax remaining on your vehicle.  

You cannot drive your car - or leave it parked on a public road - until you have a valid MOT certificate, and renew your car tax. You must make a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) if you plan on taking your vehicle off the road, or scrapping the car.  


How Do I Renew My Car Tax If My MOT Has Expired?

If your MOT expires, you won’t be able to renew your car tax until you have a valid MOT certificate. If you do not have an MOT and want to renew your car tax, you will need to do the following: 

  • Make a SORN
  • Book an MOT test
  • Tax your car after your vehicle passes its MOT test


Can You Insure a Car Without an MOT?

Whilst you can technically insure a car without an MOT, you will not be able to drive the vehicle or park it on a public road until you have valid car insurance. You should make a SORN if you do not plan on using your vehicle on the road.  


Can You Drive a Car Without an MOT?

It is illegal to drive your car without a valid MOT, and you may be cautioned by the police if you are found doing so. If you drive without an MOT, this is likely to invalidate your insurance.

If the police find that you are driving a car with one or more dangerous faults which have not yet been rectified since your last MOT test, you could receive a £2,500 fine, points on your licence, or even a driving disqualification 

If your MOT has expired, you should book an MOT test as soon as possible. You will only be able to drive a vehicle with an expired MOT to a pre-booked MOT test or repair.  


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We hope that you have enjoyed learning about whether a vehicle without a valid MOT can be taxed.