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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Motoring and coronavirus

In this section you'll find information and updates related to coronavirus that are relevant to the law on motoring.

The UK's response to coronavirus is changing regularly and often very quickly. While we'll continue to make every effort to keep this page up to date, there may be short periods where what you read here is not the latest information available. Where possible we've tried to provide links to official government resources, so you can check the current situation.

MOT extensions

In Northern Ireland, vehicle testing at DVA test centres for all categories of vehicles has resumed. See nidirect for more information, which also includes guidance on what you should do if you get to within 5 days of your MOT expiry but can't get an MOT test date.

In England, Wales and Scotland, MOTs are currently being carried out as normal. However, you must not take your car for an MOT if you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms, or if you've been told to self-isolate. You can ask someone else to take it instead (if they're insured on your vehicle) or you may be able to get the MOT centre to collect it. Otherwise, you'll need to wait until your self-isolation period is over.

Driving licence extensions

All full UK driving licences that expired between 1 February and 31 December 2020 were, due to the effects of COVID-19 on the processing capability of the DVLA and DVA, automatically treated as valid for an extra 11 months from the date of expiry. Before the 11-month extension period expires, the DVLA/DVA will send you a reminder to renew your license.. You can however, even before getting that reminder, renew your license within minutes on the GOV.UK online service or the NI-Direct online service.

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