Your MOT certificate
Your MOT certificate confirms that your vehicle, at the time of its test, without dismantling it, met the minimum acceptable environmental and road safety standards required by law. It doesn't mean the vehicle is roadworthy for the life of the certificate and isn't a substitute for regular maintenance.
Your MOT test record
When your vehicle is tested at a testing station your test record will be entered on to a secure central database. Youâ€™ll then be given either an A4 size MOT (pass) certificate or notification of failure. The certificate is your receipt for the MOT test and shows the information that is held on the database.
The certificate is no longer proof of an MOT and shouldn't be relied on as such. Only the computer record can prove a vehicle has a valid MOT. You'll also be given an Advisory Notice for any recommended repairs for the vehicle at the time of the test.