HOW TO APPLY
To apply for MOT exemption on a vehicle that’s more than 40 years old, it first of all needs to be classed as a Vehicle of Historic Interest (VHI). You will need to fill in section seven of your vehicle’s V5C (log book) to change the taxation class to Historic, and any post office that deals with vehicle tax can forward your V5C to the DVLA to have it changed. Even if you do not want to go ahead with MOT exemption, you can still have free vehicle tax, provided the vehicle is old enough, so you must change the taxation class to Historic. When doing this, the vehicle must have a valid MOT certificate.
At the point of taxing a vehicle, you can declare the vehicle is exempt from the MOT. There is one important declaration that needs to be made when applying for MOT exemption: you have to state that the vehicle has not been substantially changed. The official guidelines say: “The responsibility to ensure the declared vehicle is a VHI and meets the criteria, rests with the vehicle keeper as part of their due diligence. If a vehicle keeper is not sure of the status of a vehicle, they can consult a marque or historic vehicles expert, a list of whom will be available on the website of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs. If a vehicle keeper cannot determine that the vehicle has not been substantially changed, they should not claim an exemption from the MOT test.”