Mot Checker – The Best Free Car Check: Mot History, VIN check, DVLA Tax Check, AskMID

Looking for a second hand or new car? Great, but always check the car before you buy it!

You can only check the vehicle information for free by entering the number plate into our website.

In this free carcheck report, you’ll find extensive vehicle information, such as: MOT history, fuel consumption, safety rating and general car information.

Check if the seller’s information is correct and try a free carcheck.

Doubts about the mileage or MOT information? Scrap car?

Want to check if a vehicle had an accident or see the car option list?

Buy a premium carcheck to be extra sure that you buy the right car.

We help you find car information. Enter the registration number and download the information instantly.

Want to receive the report by e-mail? Please tell us your e-mail address and get all the information in a PDF straight to your mailbox.

We collect cardata and show you the car information and history. Within seconds you will have a complete overview.

How does it work? Enter the registration number and we show you the vehicle information.

Besides general information you can upgrade to extra premium checks: mileage, damage, MOT history, internet history, theft check (Police info), car option list, plate change, owner history, general car information, DVLA tax check.

Complete carcheck within seconds!

Reg Check Information

A vehicle check includes a lot of information. By combining different data sources, we have information available about more than 540 million cars.

You can find free information, like the car’s brand and model, body style, wheel plan, colour, engine size, fuel type, vehicle dimensions, MOT history and MOT expiry date.

All information can easily be found by entering the registration number of any car. Within seconds all vehicle info will be shown.

Basic vehicle information can be found in our free report. You can also buy our premium report, if you want to receive more detailed information about a car.

VIN Number

The vehicle identification number, also known as the VIN number is a unique number stamped into the chassis of the vehicle. The VIN number can be found on different locations of the car. In many cases, it can be found on:

The dashboard near the windshield on the driver’s side
The door jamb (driver’s side)
The engine compartment

Vehicle Requirements

When a car looks and drives fine, it does not automatically mean it is allowed to drive on the road. The vehicle needs to meet these requirements:

DVLA registrations
It must be in a roadworthy state

A current MOT certificate is needed
Fully taxed

To be sure your car is allowed on the road, it is wise to do a vehicle check. This way you will not be faced with unexpected surprises.

The vehicle identification number might also be found under the spare wheel.

The last part of the VIN and the location of the VIN will be used to show the full car check report. Make sure you check the VIN and engine number when buying a vehicle. The VIN must always match the details on the cars log book!

Check the MOT history of a vehicle

Check the past results of a vehicle’s MOT tests, including:

if it passed or failed
the mileage recorded when it was tested
where each test was done

what parts failed at each test, and if any parts had minor problems
when its next MOT is due

Use askMID to check your vehicle

The MID (Motor Insurance Database) is the central record of all insured vehicles.

Managed by the MIB, the MID is used by the Police and the DVLA to enforce motor insurance law – ensuring that vehicles driven on our roads are insured at all times.

What is the MID?

The MID (Motor Insurance Database) contains the insurance policy details of all insured UK vehicles. It is accessed by different people, in different ways, for different purposes.

The Motor Insurance Database (MID) is the only centralised database of motor insurance policy information for all insured vehicles.

All insurers who underwrite motor insurance for vehicles on UK roads are obliged to be members of the MIB and to submit the policy details of ALL vehicles to the MID.

The process of getting the information to the MID is managed by MIB but the data is loaded directly by the insurers and their representatives.

Updates are made to the database round the clock, every day of the year.

Insurance companies and those acting on their behalf endeavour to get data about new policies and revisions to existing policies to the database as soon as they can.

However, policy information cannot always be updated to the database immediately.

There are targets for insurance companies to get their data onto the database in a timely and accurate manner.

Insurers are financially penalised if their data does not reach the database within timescales set by the Department for Transport (DfT).

How do I access the MID and the information on it?

The database can be used by various public bodies such as the police, the DVLA and by insurers and the MIB itself.

Any driver may check that their vehicle is registered on the MID by using www.askmid.com. Find out more about checking your vehicle on the MID.

Individuals who wish to know what data is held about them on the database can enquire via the UK Information Centre.

Victims of accidents involving a UK vehicle can enquire via www.askMID.com to obtain the insurance details of the other vehicle either at the roadside or later.

What is askMID?

www.askmid.com is a website which enables you to make enquiries of the MID.

It accesses the MID in real time. This is the same MID which the police access although the police (and other corporate users) receive more detailed information from the database.

askMID currently offers two services:

Check your own vehicle (free)

Check someone else’s vehicle (small charge)

The own vehicle service enables you to check that the vehicle you intend to drive is currently on the database.

By entering the registration number of the vehicle, the presence of a policy will be confirmed by displaying “YES” and in some cases by confirming the make/model of the vehicle (if this information is provided by the insurer).

If you believe you are insured but no record is found on the MID, you should get in touch with the insurer or the person responsible for insuring the vehicle to ensure the MID is updated.

If you do not do this you are at risk of being suspected of driving uninsured, being stopped by the police and possibly having your car seized.

The other vehicle check enables you to check on a vehicle you have had an accident with.

Entering the registration number of the vehicle and the accident date will let you know if the other vehicle has details on the MID, and if so, will provide the insurance details (name of insurer and policy number).

If you have queries about askMID please contact askmidsupport@mib.org.uk

What about the privacy of my information on MID?

MIB takes data security seriously. For that reason we have invested heavily in ensuring that our processes maintain the ISO 27001 security certification. We only release the minimum of data and only where there is a legitimate reason to do so.

Check your vehicle at askMID.com

You can check that your own vehicle has a valid insurance policy recorded on the MID at www.askMID.com. This service is free to use and will immediately tell you if your vehicle is registered on the MID.

Is your vehicle on the MID?

If your vehicle is showing as insured on the MID then no further action is needed. If it isn’t you need to check whether your insurance is up-to-date or declare your vehicle off road.

If your vehicle does not appear in the database

If you think you are insured then you will need to contact your insurance company. It is only your insurance provider who can update your records on the MID. The MIB and DVLA cannot update your records.

If you are not insured

If you are not insured, you must officially declare your vehicle as off the road with the DVLA or purchase valid insurance. If you wish to make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) then visit www.gov.uk/make-a-sorn.

If you no longer have the vehicle

You will need to fill in the relevant section on your Registration Certificate (V5C) and send it to the DVLA or inform the DVLA online.

Data Protection Declaration

I am entitled to the insurance information about the vehicle detailed above for one or more of the following reasons:

It is either registered/ owned/ insured by me or my employer; I am permitted to drive it; I am an Insurance Broker or agent and acting on behalf of my client.

I understand it is an offence to wrongfully obtain information of this nature without any of the above reasonable causes.

If I fail to provide true reasons for acquiring this information I may be committing an offence of unlawfully obtaining data contrary to section 170 of the Data Protection Act 2018.

I declare that the information provided will not be used for any purposes unrelated to this enquiry.

I further understand that this check on askMID is not proof of insurance nor is it proof of no insurance but confirms only if the vehicle is currently showing on MID.

Please contact your insurer if you believe the information from this enquiry is incorrect.

I confirm that: I have read and understood the Data Protection Declaration and one of the options stated above applies to me and I agree to the terms of use as stated on this website.

Do a FREE check on your own vehicle to ensure it is on the MID (Motor Insurance Database).

If you need to check that someone else’s vehicle is insured in the event of an accident please use the Other Vehicle Look-up service.

If you own a vehicle and it is registered in your name, unless it has been declared with the DVLA as “off the road”with a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification), it must be insured at all times.

As part of Continuous Insurance Enforcement, a letter is sent to registered keepers if their vehicle is not on the MID and appears NOT to have insurance.

This will be enforced by way of a fixed penalty notice or prosecution if the vehicle continues to appear uninsured on the MID.

WARNING If your vehicle details are NOT on the Motor Insurance Database you are at risk of being fined and facing court prosecution. You may also be stopped by the police and have your vehicle impounded, and possibly disposed of, if proof of insurance cannot be provided.

Premium report

Curious about our premium vehicle report? Download the sample report here in PDF format. Want a full report on a car? Enter the registration number and download the information.

The premium vehicle report includes:

General car info

Brand
Model
Colour
Year of manufacture
Gearbox
DVLA Tax check

Engine & fuel consumption

Power
Torque
Engine capacity
Cylinders

Fuel type
Consumption
CO2 emission
CO2 label

MOT history

MOT expiry date
MOT pass rate
Failed MOT tests
MOT results
MOT advice, notice, fail, minor

Damage check

Damage registration
Repair costs
Date of damage
Damage position

Advertisement history

Online advertisements
Asking price
Pictures

Dimensions & weight

Width
Height
Length
Wheel base
Kerb weight

Owner history

Horsepower
Engine size
Fuel type
Emission score

Sizes and weights

Vehicle dimensions
Track width
Storage space

Additional information

Fuel tank capacity
Number of axies
Engine code

Safety recall check

Safety rating
NCAP rating
Recall history

Milage registration

Mileage
Registration date

Before you start

You need the vehicle’s number plate (registration number).

You can see the results as soon as the MOT centre has recorded the test result.

You’ll need the 11-digit number from the vehicle’s log book (V5C) to see the test location.

Mot Checker - The Best Free Car Check: Mot History, VIN check, DVLA Tax Check, AskMID

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