An MOT is a legal requirement for all vehicles older than 3 years (that aren't exempt due to 'classic car' status).
If you're wondering how to check when your MOT is due, use GOV.UK's free checker here.
It's crucial that you don't book your car in too early or too late and know your MOT due date.
The MOT due date is the last day upon which you can have an MOT carried out on that vehicle – essentially, it's an expiry date.
It is crucial to ensure that your vehicle has a valid MOT certificate. Driving without a valid MOT certificate is dangerous and could result in a hefty fine of up to £2,500 or even invalidate your insurance. During an MOT, technicians carry out a number of vital checks that ensure your car is roadworthy, keeping you and everyone around you safe.
If you know your MOT due date, you can prepare for it accordingly. For these reasons, it's important to remember when your MOT is due and not let the window come and go. Keep in mind that you can put your car through an MOT test any time before the deadline, but only by up to 1 month (minus a day) before the expiry if you want to preserve the same MOT renewal date for next year. For example, if your existing MOT runs out on 4th March, the earliest date you can have your MOT test and keep the same renewal date for next year will be 5th February.