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Each authorised user of the MOT system in the garages and testing stations is provided with a smartcard with a contactless chip, which has their personal photograph on the front.
The tester can access the system by placing the smartcard in the reader provided and entering their password.
The vehicle is then registered for a test by entering the registration mark and chassis number to match the DVLA record, which will provide the tester with all the information relevant for the vehicle being tested. If a match cannot be found with a DVLA record, a new record is created based on the vehicle details presented.
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