The required disclosure and barring service (DBS) basic checks for MOT testers will be changing from 8 January 2024.

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
As part of our work to digitise the MOT service, we’re changing the way you submit your DBS check with DVSA.

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 us. 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 find out more about this on GOV.UK: MOT special notice 03-23: changes to DBS check requirements – GOV.UK (

We’ll remind you when this process goes live and share the new link to book a demonstration test.