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Can I have a MOT Test Done On Holiday in Ireland?

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 6 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Can I Have A Mot Test Done On Holiday In Ireland?

Q.I will be on holiday in Republic of Ireland with my car when my MOT is due, can I have a MOT test done in Ireland while I am there?

(Mr Frank Silver, 13 September 2008)

A.

Your car can have its annual MOT test at any garage in the UK that is registered to carry out MOT tests and has been approved by the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA). This does not apply to all garages in the UK, so it's important to make sure that the one that you choose is an approved garage. If you are unsure of which garages in your area are approved by VOSA to carry out MOTs, you can search on the Nationwide Autocentre website to find your nearest approved garage.

In Northern Ireland, MOT tests are done at Driver Vehicle Agency (DVA) test centres, rather than garages. Unfortunately, as the Republic of Ireland is not included in the UK, you cannot have your car's MOT test done while you are there. In Ireland, there is a National Car Test (NCT) rather than an MOT test, and only cars that were registered in Ireland can go through this test. You can drive up to Northern Ireland to have your car MOT done, but you will probably find it easier to have it done when you are in the UK.

It is best to have the MOT test done before you go on your holiday to make sure that your car is fully roadworthy. If your car is three years or over, it is an offence to drive a car that is out of its MOT, and that would be the case if you left it until you are back in the UK. Your car can undergo its MOT up to 28 days prior to the due date. If you book your car's MOT earlier than it is due, it is worth remembering that your MOT certificate will be valid for twelve months from the due date of the test, rather than the actual date of your test. This can mean that your MOT certificate is valid for up to 13 months, depending on how far in advance your MOT test is done.

If you are an AA member, you can get discounts at certain garages, including Nationwide Autocentre garages, especially if you book an MOT test on their website. You can also book MOT tests with Kwikfit on their website and get a discount on the usual price.

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If I buy a car in Ireland would I be able to drive it home to Scotland before getting an MOT or would I have to get one in NI before taking the car over?
Stevie - 6-Jun-17 @ 4:52 AM
None - Your Question:
I'm on holiday in Ireland. I wanted to have my UK three year old car MOT in Northern Ireland. I phoned DVA to make appointment but was told it can't be done because it's not four years old. Please help. Thanks

Our Response:
The only thing we think you can do is to book a test at a mainland centre and take it straight there on your way back. Maybe you could also ask an MOT test centre to do the MOT test and provide you with a checklist demonstrating it's all passed so you can prove you have made the effort to get it done. Then have a mainland centre re-test it when you return.
SaferMotoring - 12-Apr-17 @ 10:59 AM
I'm on holiday in Ireland. I wanted to have my UK three year old car MOT in Northern Ireland. I phoned DVA to make appointment but was told it can't be done because it's not four years old. Please help. Thanks
None - 10-Apr-17 @ 1:28 PM
Tel - Your Question:
I had my car MOT tested in Northern Ireland but VOSA say the test does not appear on their records. Also the anniversary date was not preserved as it should have been. The car is registered in England, which is no more part of the UK than Northern Ireland. Seems to be a case of incompetence.

Our Response:
Check with the MOT station that undertook the original work to ensure they are operating correctly and registering all MOTs with the central database.
SaferMotoring - 14-Oct-16 @ 12:17 PM
I had my car MOT tested in Northern Ireland but VOSA say the test does not appear on their records. Also the anniversary date was not preserved as it should have been. The car is registered in England, which is no more part of the UK than Northern Ireland. Seems to be a case of incompetence.
Tel - 13-Oct-16 @ 12:26 PM
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