Odometer Readings & Verification

Since July 28, 2014 the NCTS are printing vehicles’ odometer readings (to a maximum of three prior readings) on NCT certificates. . Find out more here.


Historic Odometer Readings

The odometer reading recorded during the course of the NCT test is printed on the NCT Certificate and the Vehicle Inspection Report.

Since July 2014 the odometer reading is also printed on the detachable NCT disc and during each subsequent test additional odometer readings are printed on the NCT certificate (to a maximum of three prior readings). This makes prior readings readily available to potential buyers, and should assist in deterring odometer fraud

Odometer readings provide a good measure of the relative health of a vehicle – an older vehicle with fewer miles/kilometres on the clock may need a different level of service to a newer vehicle with more mileage. Tampered odometers can prevent owners and mechanics from providing an appropriate level of care for their vehicle, thereby endangering those who travel in it.

Odometer readings at the NCT Test

When a vehicle is presented for an NCT, the odometer reading will be recorded and it is the responsibility of the vehicle owner to check that it has been recorded correctly and that what has been captured on the Vehicle Inspection Report or the NCT Certificate is exactly as it is displayed on the vehicle. 

If  it does not match, you must inform the NCT vehicle inspector immediately. Discrepancies identified after a vehicle has left the NCT centre cannot be corrected.

There may be legitimate reasons why an earlier reading is higher than a more recent one, for example, if a speedometer has been replaced.

If a speedometer does need to be replaced then every effort should be made by the vehicle owner to ensure the repairer updates the new speedometer reading to reflect the correct actual mileage on the vehicle at the time of replacement.  

Anomalies in odometer readings  might also suggest that the odometer has been ‘clocked’ or tampered with – this could lead to criminal proceedings under the Road Traffic Act 2014.