Things You'll Need
VT30 refusal certificate
Obtain a VT20 test certificate from the current owner or seller, if the vehicle previously passed an MOT test. Get a VT30 refusal certificate if the vehicle failed the MOT test. Or, get a V5C registration certificate, a logbook that lists many details about the vehicle. Check that the documents match the vehicle. You will need the numbers on the certificates to access MOT information online. You will also need a license plate number.
Go online to www.direct.gov.uk. Navigate to the "Motoring" page. Click on "MOT status check." Enter the MOT number from the VT20 certificate, or the VT30 refusal certificate number, and the plate number. You can enter your document's reference number from the V5C registration certificate if you do not have a VT20 test certificate or VT30 refusal certificate.
Check the information. Look for the date of the last test, mileage at the time of the test and when the MOT expires. Compare this information against the paper
certificates to make sure it is genuine. It is an offense to drive without a valid MOT in the U.K. The police have an extensive automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) CCTV network which they use to track a vehicle's movements in real time.
Check the background of the vehicle's tests on the Motoring page. Compare this information against the paper certificate to make sure it is genuine. Verify that the MOT history matches the information on the MOT certificates. The history includes mileage at the time of the test and when the MOT expires.
Click on the "MOT History Check" link on the Motoring page. You will be taken to an MOT history request form. Use the same information you used to check the status of the MOT to obtain the history of tests going back to 2005, when the MOT program was launched. The website will display the dates of the tests, the odometer reading when the tests were done and the expiration date of the previous tests.