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Cookies

The MOT reminder service puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) onto your computer to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

MOT reminder service cookies aren’t used to identify you personally.

You’ll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

Find out more about how to manage cookies.

How cookies are used on the MOT reminder service

There are a number of different types of cookie used in the MOT reminder service which allow the system to work securely and consistently. These are:

Google Analytics cookies

We use Google Analytics software to collect information about how you use MOT reminder service. Google Analytics helps us make the service better for its users.

Google Analytics stores information about:

Google doesn't collect or store your personal information, for example your name or address, so this information can’t be used to identify who you are. We don’t allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal Analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit the MOT reminder service by tracking if you've visited before 2 years
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made 10 minutes
_gid Used to distinguish between users of the MOT reminder service 24 hours

MOT reminder service application cookies

The MOT reminder service sets a number of cookies to remember what you have done on the site and what messages you have seen.

Our cookies message

You may see a pop-up cookies message when you first visit the MOT reminder service. We'll store a cookie so that your computer knows you've seen it and know not to show it again.

Name Purpose Expires
cm-user-preferences Stores your cookie preferences and lets us know you've set them 1 year
session Form data for session handling Until successfully signed up for reminders or 20 minutes inactivity

Third-party cookies

Our feedback survey

We use SmartSurvey to collect feedback comments. We do this to help make sure the service is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements. See SmartSurvey privacy policy for more information.

Imperva Incapsula cookies

Imperva Incapsula cookies help the Imperva Incapsula service identify malicious activity. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form. They don't collect or store any personal information (e.g. names or addresses) so this information can't easily be used to identify who the user is.

Name Purpose Expires
visid_incap_{ID} Used to relate sessions to a specific visitor's device 1 year
incap_ses_{ID} Used to relate HTTP requests to a particular visit When you close your browser
nlbi_{ID} Used to direct website traffic load to servers When you close your browser

Government services

Most services we link to are run by different government departments, for example HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) or the Home Office.

These services may set additional cookies and, if so, will have their own cookies policy.

Change your settings

You can change which cookies you're happy for us to use.