Comprehensive MOT Test Centre Information Near Me

Find the nearest MOT Test Centres. Enter your postcode in the search box and we'll find all the MOT Stations near you ordered by distance. In addition to a handy map we will also include booking telephone numbers and, where possible, opening times. If you have a car, van, motor bike, private passenger vehicle or, even, a trike, we'll list all the M.O.S. Test Centers near you.

MOT Test Centre Counties

UK MOT Test Centres in Dorset

Lower Wraxall
Lower Row
Blackpool Corner
Thornicombe
Holton Heath
West Stafford
Holway
Lake
Chettle
Acton
Ryme Intrinseca
West Chelborough
Motcombe
Tollerford
Waddon
Waytown
Knob's Crook
Bingham's Melcombe
Rampisham
Cann Common
Charmouth
Chilfrome
Corscombe
Fleet
Symondsbury
Puddletown
Plush
Dottery
Toller Fratrum
Sherborne
Milton on Stour
East Chelborough
West Milton
Netherstoke
Stoborough
Langton Long Blandford
Chalmington
Stafford's Green
Woodyates
Redford
Bincombe
Hampreston
Quarr
Hartmoor
Hursey
Totnell
Moorbath
Owermoigne
Adam's Green
Raymond's Hill
Sutton Waldron
Mangerton
Aller
Broom Hill
Alton Pancras
Leweston
Hurst
Filford
Edmondsham
East Holme
Whitchurch Canonicorum
Studland
Colesbrook
Trickett's Cross
Shitterton
Sharnhill Green
Lyon's Gate
Compton Valence
Lulworth Cove
Affpuddle
Melbury Osmond
Coombe Keynes
Melbury Bubb
Walton Elm
Higher Eype
Seaborough
Organford
New Milton
Stalbridge Weston
Tollard Farnham
Stourpaine
Steepleton Iwerne
Redbridge
Dewlish
Sutton Holms
North Chideock
Margaret Marsh
Lower Street
Cold Harbour
Sydling St Nicholas
Stoborough Green
North Bockhampton
South Bockhampton
Whitefield
Farnham
Bloxworth
Hammoon
Chideock
Cross Lanes
Mosterton
Cerne Abbas
Woolford's Water
Kimmeridge
Broad Oak
Three Legged Cross
Little Ansty and Pleck
Holwell
Ashley
Haythorne
Post Green
Todber
Bradpole
Brockhampton Green
Cosmore
Shaggs
Hummer
Lower Nyland
Tarrant Hinton
God's Blessing Green
Avon Common
Silton
Cocknowle
Crooked Withies
Harman's Cross
Lyme Regis
Glebeland Estate
Winterborne Clenston
Gussage All Saints
Fiddleford
West End
Netherhay
Blandford Forum
Winterborne Kingston
Evershot
Stour Row
Tarrant Rushton
Manston
Spetisbury
West Stour
White Moor
Twyford
Gibbs Marsh
West Pulham
Church Knowle
Wool
Longham
Adber
Holywell
Hilton
Pilsdon
Cruxton
Lower Ansty
Catherston Leweston
East Bloxworth
Maiden Newton
Cripplestyle
Kit Hill
Lodge Copse Estate
Bourton
Shapwick
Easton
West Woodsford
White Lackington
Anderson
Whitecross
Ringstead
Mappowder
Witchampton
Long Crichel
Thorncombe
The Common
Bagber
Tarrant Crawford
Charminster
Ryall
Higher Row
Bedchester
Coryates
Osehill Green
South Bowood
Tarrant Keyneston
Hooke
Piddletrenthide
Uploders
Lower Strode
Marshwood
Ferndown
Turnworth
St Leonards
Litton Cheney
Melcombe Bingham
Kingston
West Moors
Higher Totnell
Bradford Peverell
Stone
Mannington
Burton
Ash
Higher Sandford
South Poorton
Newland
Uphall
Spyway
Crossways
Higher Coombe
Lytchett Matravers
West Morden
Three Gates
Boveridge
Beacon Hill
Minchington
Sturminster Marshall
Oxbridge
Bowridge Hill
Alderholt
Marshalsea
Broadoak
East Holton
Hanford
Fifehead St Quintin
Worth Matravers
East Lulworth
Winterborne Houghton
Caundle Marsh
Winterborne Stickland
Halstock
West Parley
Arne
Moreton
Poyntington
Lower Halstock Leigh
Birdsmoorgate
Beer Hackett
Wigbeth
Charlton Marshall
West Holme
Up Cerne
Holditch
Knowlton
Morcombelake
Chalbury Common
Penn
West Orchard
Trent
West Bexington
Thornford
Gannetts
Parley Green
Fortuneswell
Madjeston
Bishop's Down
Holt Heath
Avon Castle
Little Canford
Fifehead Magdalen
Benville
Eccliffe
Pamphill
Puncknowle
Monkton Up Wimborne
Haydon
Hedge End
Gore
King's Stag
Sandhills
Long Bredy
Swyre
Winterborne Tomson
West Hurn
Manswood
Fontmell Magna
Birch Close
Bryanston
Bere Regis
Woodlands
Gaunts
Stoke Abbott
Abbotsbury
Fishpond Bottom
Moor Crichel
Stalbridge
Furzehill
Furzebrook
Huish
Batcombe
Blackney
Glanvilles Wootton
Higher Nyland
Hinton St Mary
Wimborne Minster
Rodden
Steeple
Shothole
Bridport
Alweston
Iwerne Minster
North Poorton
Oborne
Athelhampton
Chickerell
Atrim
Dean
East Stoke
Ashmore
Greenham
Lower Mannington
Winterborne Came
West Chaldon and Chaldon Boys
Whitcombe
Lane End
Huntingford
Cann
Hinton Parva
Ashley Heath
Blacknoll
Lower Eype
East Creech
Lower Daggons
Stallen
Okeford Fitzpaine
Rew
Langton Herring
Piddlehinton
East Morden
Warren
Puxey
Milton Abbas
Shillingstone
Burstock
Merriott
Duntish
Hamlet
Bettiscombe
Cheselbourne
Lower Bockhampton
Winterborne Monkton
Chalbury
Lower Kingcombe
Upton
Melplash
The Borough
Hinton Martell
Merritown
Bookham
West Lulworth
Bugley
Wimborne St Giles
Nettlecombe
Henstridge Marsh
Westfields
North Wootton
Stubhampton
Shroton and Iwerne Courtney
Woolgarston
Stratton
Pallington
Osmington
Henley
East Pulham
Winterbourne Steepleton
Winterborne Muston
Pleck
Toller Whelme
Burton Bradstock
Lydlinch
School House
Askerswell
Warmwell
Weston
Wooth
Godmanstone
Melbury Abbas
Higher Whatcombe
Milborne St Andrew
Chilcombe
Woolland
Blackdown
Deanend
Daggons
Walditch
West Shilvinghampton
West Compton
Woodcutts
Belchalwell Street
Briantspuddle
Quarleston
Pulham
Wareham
West Bourton
Winterborne Zelston
Ansty Cross
Frampton
Kington Magna
Broadwindsor
Coldharbour
Lytchett Minster
New Town
Grange
Cattistock
Higher Halstock Leigh
Pleck Green
Verwood
East Chaldon and Chaldon Herring
Purse Caundle
Drimpton
Langton Matravers
Tarrant Launceston
Laymore
Tatworth
Muckleford
Horton Heath
Ansty
Kingsland
Yetminster
Littlebredy
East Shilvinghampton
Norden
Shipton Gorge
Hill Street
Kingston Russell
Swanage
Slepe
Sixpenny Handley
Frome St Quintin
Portway
Binnegar
Middlemarsh
Lower Whatcombe
Toller Porcorum
Powerstock
Gillingham
Folke
The Folly
Rivers' Corner
Goathill
Higher Kingcombe
Hemsworth
Turners Puddle
Cowgrove
Ridge
Langham
East Knighton
Higher Ansty
Woolcombe
South Perrott
West Melbury
Stoke Wake
Matchams
East Stour
Sandford
Charlton Down
Poxwell
Loscombe
The Mount
Farrington
Bishop's Caundle
Chedington
Creech Bottom
Leigh
Loders
Bradford Abbas
St Ives
Tolpuddle
Combe Almer
Lillington
Meerhay
Gotham
Boys Hill
Wynford Eagle
Southover
Almer
Portland Bill
Moorside
Kingston Maurward
Broadmayne
Uppington
Woodville
Higher Wraxall
Corfe Mullen
Gussage St Andrew
Sturminster Newton
Whitmore
Sandford Orcas
Over Compton
Dorchester
Stockwood
Clapgate
Creech
Minterne Parva
Wootton Fitzpaine
East Parley
Primrose Hill
Grimstone
Seatown
Throop
Yondover
Woodbridge
Mapperton
Holnest
Higher Melcombe
Crendell
Buckland Newton
Ulwell
Salway Ash
Southwell
Holmebridge
East Melbury
Grove
Minterne Magna
Ilsington
Stoborough Heath
Tarrant Gunville
Caundle Wake
Pig Oak
Dunbury
Holt Wood
North Bowood
Shaftesbury
Pimperne
Tincleton
Deanland
Poolestown
Winterborne Whitechurch
Knighton
Netherbury
Winterborne St Martin and Martinstown
Clift
Longburton
Hurn
Burngate
Lewcombe
Beaminster
Melbury Sampford
Pymore
Cashmoor
Yeovil
Little Woolgarston
Winkton
Compton Abbas
Stour Provost
Shave Cross
Kitford
North End
Buckland Ripers
Sandleheath
Hartgrove
Hazelbury Bryan
Stinsford
Holworth
Up Sydling
Stanbridge
Burleston
Gaunt's Common
Worgret
Nether Compton
Hillbutts
Newton Peveril
Miles Cross
Pentridge
Galton
Durweston
Forston
Child Okeford
Stourton Caundle
Winfrith Newburgh
Winterbourne Abbas
Woodsford
Sandpit
Weymouth
Littlewindsor
Guy's Marsh
Chetnole
Tarrant Monkton
Middle Bockhampton
Holt
Portesham
Belchalwell
Winterborne Herringston
Tarrant Rawston
Stokeford
Friar Waddon
Marnhull
Gussage St Michael
Higher Bockhampton
Fifehead Neville
Westford
Buckhorn Weston
Horton
Chilbridge
Corfe Castle
West Knighton
Ibberton

When to get an MOT

The MOT test is designed to check that your vehicle meets road safety and environmental standards defined by the Department for Transport.

The rules that determine when you need to MOT your vehicle depend on the type of vehicle you have and what you use it for. These rules are grouped into Classes which currently include 1, 2, 3, 4, 4a, 5, 5a and 7. Broardly speaking you need to MOT your vehicle on;

  • the third anniversary of its registration
  • the anniversary of its last MOT, if it's over 3 years old
The exception to this is vehicles that are categorised as Class 4, 5 and 5a which need to be MOT tested every 12 months.

Driving a vehicle without an MOT can attract a fine of up to £1,000

Expired MOT certificate

It is not acceptable to drive a vehicle if its MOT has certificate expired. Doing so can result in a prosecution. Exceptions to this rule are;

  • to or from somewhere to be repaired,
  • to a pre-arranged MOT test1.

1A pre-arranged MOT test is one that has been arranged in advance. If you are stopped on the way to a drop in MOT test centre without an appointment you may not qualify for an exemption.

MOT renewal

An MOT lasts for a calendar year. The MOT expiration date is printed on the MOT pass certificate.

It is important to ensure your vehicle's MOT test certificate is renewed before the MOT test due date. This is can be done as early as a month minus 1 day before the expiration of the current certificate or anniversary of the registration of the vehicle. It is acceptable to get a new MOT test certificate at any time, however, the start date of the certificate will change if the renewal date is more than a month minus a day before the expiration of the current certificate.

MOT Test Fees and Class Descriptions

The Department for Transport has specified maximum fees that MOT test centres can charge. These are broken down by the Class of the vehicle as this roughly equates to the amount of effort required by the MOT Test Centre to carry out the test. The following table explains the Classes and associated costs.

ClassVehicle TypeAge before
MOT (years)
Maximum
Fee
1Motorcycle (engine size up to 200cc)3£ 29.65
1Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size up to 200cc)3£ 37.80
2Motorcycle (engine size over 200cc)3£ 29.65
2Motorcycle with sidecar (engine size over 200cc)3£ 37.80
33-wheeled vehicles (up to 450kg unladen weight)3£ 37.80
43-wheeled vehicles (over 450kg unladen weight)3£ 54.85
4Cars (up to 8 passenger seats)3£ 54.85
4Motor caravans3£ 54.85
4Quads (max unladen weight 400kg - for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw)3£ 54.85
4Dual purpose vehicles3£ 54.85
4Private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)3£ 54.85
4Ambulances and taxis1£ 54.85
4Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)1£ 57.30
4Goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)3£ 54.85
4aClass 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation check£ 64.00
5Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats)1£ 59.55
5Private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats)1£ 80.65
5Playbuses1£ 80.65
5aClass 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check£ 80.50
5aClass 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check£ 124.50
7Goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight)3£ 58.60

Test Failures and Retests

If your vehicle has failed its MOT Test you may qualify for a free or reduced retest.

If the MOT Test Centre carries out the repair then ordinarily they would retest the vehicle at a reduced cost or no cost at all, depending on the nature of the work and the time between the two MOT tests.

If you decide to take your vehicle away for repair you will need to ensure that your vehicle's current certificate is still valid. If your certificate is no longer valid then you will only be able to take your vehicle to a repair agent to get the defects corrected and to an MOT Test Centre with a pre-arranged MOT test appointment. You will not be able to take your vehicle to any other location.

If you have taken your vehicle away for repair and manage to return it to the same test centre before the end of the next working day for a retest, the MOT Test Centre will not charge for the partial retest, assuming the repair is one or more of the following items;

  • access panels
  • battery
  • bonnet
  • bootlid
  • brake pedal antislip
  • break glass hammer (class 5 vehicles only)
  • doors (including hinges, catches and pillars)
  • door open warning device (class 5 vehicles only)
  • dropsides
  • electrical wiring
  • emergency exits and signs (class 5 vehicles only)
  • entrance door remote control (class 5 vehicles only)
  • entrance/exit steps (class 5 vehicles only)
  • fuel filler cap
  • headlamp cleaning or levelling devices (that doesn’t need a headlamp aim check)
  • horn
  • lamps (excluding headlamp aim)
  • loading door
  • main beam 'tell-tale'
  • mirrors
  • rear reflectors
  • registration plates
  • seatbelts (but not anchorages), seatbelt load limiter and seatbelt pre-tensioner
  • seats
  • sharp edges or projections
  • stairs (class 5 vehicles only)
  • steering wheel
  • tailboard
  • tailgate
  • trailer electrical sockets
  • towbars (excluding body around anchorage points)
  • tyre pressure monitoring system
  • vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • windscreen glass, wipers and washers
  • wheels and tyres (excluding motorcycles and motorcycles with sidecar)
If the repair is for another fault or you do not get your vehicle back within the time period then you are eligible for a charge.

If you return your vehicle, after a repair, within 10 working days of the original test then the MOT Test Centre can complete a partial test which may be free or at a reduce charge. If it is not within this period then the MOT Text Centre will need to carry out a full test for which a full charge can be made.

Booking an MOT

MOT Test Centres offer a variety of methods for booking your vehicle in for a test. The primary means of booking is by phone. Our website offers a handy click to call facility if you are using a compatible device saving the need to save or write the number down. It is also worth noting that many sites now have online booking capabilities making it quick and easy for you to book your car in for a test.

MOT Test Centre maximum fees are controlled. Familiarise yourself with the Class of your vehicle and ensure that the MOT Test Centre does not charge you more than the maximum fee specified.

How does the MOT Test work?

An MOT test is an annual check of qualifying vehicles by an approved agent of items the Department of Transport has deemed essential for the safe operation of the vehicle on the public highway. Checks vary by vehicle category but all include essential items like headlights, seatbelt and tyres.

The MOT Test is designed to ensure the vehicle meets road safety and emission standards as defined by the Department for Transport. The test ensures your vehicle is in appropriate condition for use on the road. The MOT Test focuses on elements of the vehicle that ensure the safety of the driver, passengers and other road users. The Test does not concern itself with the condition of the vehicle's engine or gearbox, for example, but does focus on items such as seat belts, breaks and lights. For a full guide please read the MOT Inspection Manual.

Whilst the MOT Test is being performed you are allowed to view the Test from the MOT Public viewing area. You are not, however, allowed to interact with the Tester during the course of their duties.

MOT Test Completion

When the MOT Tester has completed the inspection you will be issued with a certificate. This can be an MOT Certificate, if the vehicle has passed, or a refusal of an MOT Test Certificate. In either case the outcome, along with the vehicles odometer reading will be recorded in the MOT test database, which is a national register.

If the vehicle has passed the MOT Test the MOT Certificate will be issued with, amoungst other things, the epiration date of the Certificate. You will need to repeat this process again before this date.

If the vehicle has NOT passed the MOT Test the refusal of an MOT Test Certificate will be issued which contains the reasons why the vehicle failed the test. If you decide to take the vehicle away for repair then please ensure you have familiarised yourself with the rules related to retesting your vehicle, especially if your MOT Test Certificate has expired.

If you feel you vehicle has been incorrectly failed then you may lodge an appeal with the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) by calling them on 0300 123 9000 week days between 7:30am to 6pm. You should also contact them if you think your MOT Test Certificate is not geniune or if you think your vehicle has passed when it shouldn't have.

Driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition can attract a fine of up to £2,000, a driving ban and 3 penalty points
Information on this site is correct at time of publication. We assume no responsibility for any incorrect data, ommissions or errors.
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