The Driver and Vehicle Standards Authority (DVSA) is introducing a new system where UK drivers can print off MOT certificates at home.

According to Auto Express magazine, more than 630,000 MOT certificate copies were issued from the DVSA at a cost of £10 each — meaning that British motorists could save over £6m each year by using the free print at home service.

The system is available through the DVSA website, and drivers just need their vehicle’s registration number and the V5C registration document, which will contain a unique 11-digit reference number. With these details, an MOT certificate can then be printed online.

The service is already up and running for cars, vans and motorbikes, with buses, lorries and coaches set to be available through the service later in the year. It’s only available for MOT certificates issued after May 20, 2018.

MOT certificates are needed if you intend to tax your car in the traditional way at a post office, while it can also be useful when you’re selling a car.

It’s worth noting that drivers who can’t access this online service will still be able to obtain an MOT certificate from a test centre.

Neil Barlow, head of vehicle engineering at the DVSA, told Auto Express: “We want to make sure that motorists have the information they need to keep their vehicle safe to drive. The free copy MOT certificate service gives consumers choice and saves them time and money.

“The service will also help us to protect consumers by giving them a free alternative to businesses that charge for a copy MOT certificate online.”

In May 2018, the MOT test was overhauled with new defect types — such as Minor, Major and Dangerous faults — as well as introducing stricter emissions rules, which aim to get heavily polluting diesel cars off the road.