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Today the DVSA has announced some upcoming changes to the requirements for MOT Testers.

From 8 January 2024 a DBS check will be required for MOT testers where you are:

  • a new MOT tester
  • an existing MOT testers adding class 1 and 2 vehicles (A) or Class 7 or 7 (B)
  • an MOT tester returning after a disciplinary period or suspension

Note: the below information is transcribed verbatim from the DVSA website announcement page, to prevent any issues or misunderstandings or issues in communication:

The requirements for basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for MOT testers are changing from 8 January 2024.

What’s changing

From 8 January 2024, you must submit a basic DBS check if you are:

  • a new tester
  • an existing tester adding an additional test group (A or B)
  • a tester returning after a disciplinary period of 28 days (short-term cessation) or a longer cessation of 2 or 5 years
  • a tester returning after being lapsed or suspended from testing – this includes being suspended for not completing your annual assessment

The DBS check must be dated within the 3 months leading up to the demonstration test.

How to submit a DBS check

You will be able to submit your DBS check online if you have a consent check code. You’ll be asked for this code when you fill in the form toΒ book an MOT tester demonstration test.

You will need to send DVSA your DBS certificate by post if:

  • you do not have a consent check code
  • it’s a Scottish DBS certificate (these do not have a consent check code)
  • your DBS is not clear but you believe it does not constitute as serious offence as prescribed in theΒ MOT testing guide: appendix 7

Send a copy of all the pages of the certificate, along with your MOT testing service user ID, to:

Broadway Business Park

You should send your certificate by recorded delivery.


Text correct as of 9th January 2024, but please refer to the DVSA website below for any subsequent updates.

The full article as released by DVSA can be read on the DVSA website article linked below