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Is your car due its MOT?


Hi everybody, we hope you are all keeping safe and well! 


Just to make you all aware, the DVA in NI has suspended testing until June 22nd.


From 11 May, TECs (TEMPORARY EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE)will be automatically generated from DVA’s system for all eligible vehicles without any action needed to be taken by the vehicle owner.


Vehicles whose existing MOT certificate expired from 26 March or will expire before testing resumes again will be automatically exempt from testing for a full 12 months.


For vehicles which have previously been issued a TEC, their TEC will be automatically extended to the maximum timeframes set out in legislation, up to a maximum period of 12 months from their last MOT expiry date. 

This means all eligible vehicles will be provided with one year’s cover from their MOT expiry date in 2020, meaning their new MOT expiry date will be pushed forward into 2021, when there will be capacity to test them.

Please note that due to legislative requirements TECs are applied by DVA on a phased basis, for different durations based on vehicle type.   So when you check online, it will show the date your MOT expires based on the initial TEC period that has been applied.  However, where applicable, the DVA will automatically apply further exemptions to ensure the full 12 months are covered.


The exceptions are 4 year old cars and motorbikes, which for legislative reasons will only receive a 6 month TEC from the date their first test was due.


All TECs will be automatically updated on DVA’s system and on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) system so that the vehicle can be taxed.

Before the TEC period ends DVA will issue a reminder notice to the registered keeper to book and present their vehicle for test.

PLEASE NOTE: The DVA will not be providing a hard copy of your TEC as the online system is automatically updated. Check your vehicle MOT status here >> https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status


Vehicles not covered by the TEC process  


Vehicles which are not registered to a Northern Ireland address, are not in the DVA system and cannot, therefore, be granted an automatic TEC.

If you have a vehicle in Northern Ireland which is not currently registered to a Northern Ireland address, but is due a vehicle test soon, please contact the DVA Customer Services at dva.customerservices@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk to provide your vehicle details.

For more information, please visit the official DVA NI site: CLICK HERE.

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