ITV Test in Andalucia
An ITV (Inspeccion Tecnica de Vehiculos) is the equivalent of an MOT in the UK and these tests take place in an authorized garage. If you live in Marbella, the nearest authorized ITV centres are in Málaga, San Pedro de Alcántara and Estepona.
When do I need an ITV
It depends when the vehicle was first licensed. An ITV is not required if the vehicle is less than 4 years old. If it is over 4 years old, it will need an ITV every 2 years until it is 10 years old. If it is over 10 years old, an ITV will be required annually.
If your vehicle is over 4 years old and you are caught without a current ITV sticker (which is issued when the test is passed), you will be liable for a fine. Your license may also be confiscated if you fail to provide proof of passing the ITV within 10 days.
If you have an accident, your vehicle will require an ITV to confirm that is roadworthy.
Before booking an appointment
Many people prefer to take their vehicle to an authorized garage and request a “pre-itv”. The garage will check the elements required to pass the ITV. If your vehicle does fail, you will be given time to fix any problems and put in for the ITV again with no additional fee. There are a number of ex-pat garages who are happy to do this for you.
How do I book an appointment?
You can book an appointment on-line here. It is in Spanish, but the instructions are very simple:
Type your matricula number into the box marked “Matricula”.
Use the click down arrow in the second box to select “No. Bastidor”. Another small box will appear. Add the last six digits of your log book (Permisso de Circulacion).
Press siguiente (next). This will give you a local station, time and date. Change the date if it is not acceptable.
What paperwork do I need?
From September 15 2017, it has been compulsory to take your vehicle insurance certificate with you.
You will need your vehicle’s Log Book (Permiso de circulación)
Tarjeta inspeccion tecnica de vehiculos
What happens if my vehicle fails the test?
If your vehicle fails the test, the ITV center will provide a list of the problems that need to be fixed within two months. If you don’t fix them within the two month period, you will have to pay again to apply for the ITV.
Some useful Spanish words:
- Headlights – Los faros
- Backlights – Luces traseras
- Brakelights – Luces de los frenos
- Foglights – Faros antiniebla
- Reversing lights – Marcha atras
- Left – Izquierda
- Right – Derecha
- Handbrake – Freno de mano
- Steering wheel – Volante
- Windscreen wipers – Limpia para brisas
- Indicators – Intermitente
- Hazard – Cuatro intermitente
The above sticker should be placed on the inside of your windscreen and be clearly visible. Remember: Only display a current ITV sticker indicating that the ITV is valid.