MOT Update – Special Notice 03-23

MOT Update – Special Notice 03-23


The DVSA has published new information relevant to MOT Testers regarding changes to disclosure and barring service (DBS) basic checks.

Currently you need a DBS check if you are a:

  • New Tester (or an existing tester adding an additional test Group, A or B)
  • Tester returning after 2- or 5-year cessation
  • Tester returning after a 5-year gap

From 8 January, a DBS check must also be submitted for:

  • testers returning after a disciplinary period of 28 days (short term cessation)
  • tester returning after being lapsed or suspended (including non-completion of annual assessment)

Submit your DBS check online

From 8 January 2024, you will need to provide proof of your DBS check when you request a demonstration test. The form will ask you to provide the DBS consent code to allow DVSA to view your certificate.

Alternatively, you can post your certificate to the DVSA. You will need to post your certificate if you get a Scottish DBS check.

You will still need to provide a DBS certificate during the demonstration test.

You can read the full special notice here.

For training on all aspects of MOTs, visit the RMI Academy of Automotive Skills. Many of the courses are offered at preferential rates to IGA members.