How Do I Tax My Car Without MOT?

May 11, 2020

How Do I Tax My Car Without MOT?

Many questions have been circling the web regarding the MOT extension period and what this means for car tax during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since March 23, the UK has been under lockdown restrictions, and the government has advised against all non-essential travel due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Even though the lockdown restrictions are being eased around exercise, you are only to leave your house for essential travel. With the lockdown, came the closure of many MOT centres across the UK and has left many concerned on how to tax their car without a valid MOT certificate.

What is the 6-month MOT extension?

The UK announced that if your MOT expired on or after March 30, your expiry date will be extended by 6 months to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. This will be done around 7 days before your MOT’s expiry date.

Your vehicle will have a valid MOT certificate for an extra 6 months and you can still tax your vehicle and insurance will still be valid. For more information regarding the MOT extension period, click here!

How do I tax my car without a MOT?

As we mentioned, due to the current global pandemic your MOT certificate will have been extended by six months if your MOT expired on or after March 30. This applies to cars, motorcycles, and other light vehicles with certificates qualifying for the extension.

For example, if your MOT was due to expire June 1, it will now be valid until December 1.

If the expiry date does not happen automatically, you must email your vehicle’s registration number and your original MOT expiry date to This will allow the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency to update your vehicle’s record and email you back to let you know when this has been completed. Once your MOT certificate has been extended, you can tax your car as normal!

It is essential to keep your car in good condition during lockdown, and you can check out our best repair tips here ( Should you need to visit a garage, are still working safely to give our customers quotes! Get yours today

Share this post



Due an MoT? Get quotes from approved MoT centres near you.

Get Quotes