Special Notice 3 2023 changes to DBS checks

Special Notice 3 2023

  • October 26, 2023

Special Notice 3 2023 outlines the changes required when applying to become an MOT Tester. Despite issuing Special Notice 3 2023 on 26th October, these changes will not be applicable until 8th January 2024.

Currently you must undergo a DBS check if you are a:

  • New Tester ( or an existing tester adding an additional test group)
  • Tester returning after a 2 or 5 year cessation
  • Tester returning after a 5 year gap

From 8th January 2024 a DBS check must also be submitted if you are:

  • Tester returning after a disciplinary period of 28 days (short term cessation)
  • Tester returning after suspension or you are a lapsed Tester (including Testers who have failed to  complete their annual assessment).

In addition, you will need to provide proof of your DBS check when you request a Demonstration Test.  As part of the request process you will need to provide the DBS consent code to allow DVSA to view your certificate and provide a copy of the DBS certificate during the demonstration test.

Go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mot-special-notice-03-23-changes-to-dbs-check-requirements

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