How far in advance can you have your vehicle tested?

As long as your vehicle passes the test and is approved before the deadline, it is up to you how early you wish to have your vehicle tested. The deadline is final, so you should makes sure you have enough time to take the main test, to fix any defects the test may reveal, and to have the vehicle reinspected and approved. Extensions of the deadline are normally not granted. We will send you a reminder of the test two months before the deadline expires.

The flexible system allows you to take the test in the summer, even if the deadline is in the following winter. For example, if you have car or a motorhome that you only use in the summer, or if you are planning a long stay abroad, you can take the test when it suits you.

How is the next test deadline determined?

The next deadline for the mandatory roadworthiness test is always determined based on the date when you took the main test, not when you had the vehicle reinspected (if applicable). If you take the main test less than two months before your deadline expires, the original deadline will remain as the basis for determining your next test.

How often must your vehicle be tested?

Check the list to see how often your vehicle must be tested.

Intervals for mandatory roadworthiness tests
Type of vehicleTest intervals
Passenger car (M1) with a maximum authorised mass of 7,500 kg, and delivery van (N1)The vehicle must be tested and approved within four years of the date of its first-time registration, and thereafter at intervals of no more than two years.

Passenger car (M1) with a maximum authorised mass of more than 7,500 kg

Trailer with a maximum authorised mass of more than 3,500 kg

Bus (M2 and M3)

Lorry (N2 and N3)

Taxi

Ambulance

The vehicle must be tested and approved within one year of the date of its first-time registration, and thereafter at intervals of no more than one year.
Vehicles worthy of preservationVehicles worthy of preservation that are 30 years old or more and have been tested and approved after reaching the age of 30 must be tested every five years. Vehicles worthy of preservation that are 50 years old or more and have been tested and approved after having reached the age of 50 are exempt from the mandatory roadworthiness test.