Itv On New Cars In Spain?
- Víctormanuel Paz
What Is The ITV in Spain? – It is an inspection of your vehicle to make sure it meets the roadworthiness standards established in Spain. It is compulsory , and if you drive a vehicle without the proper ITV certificate, expect fines, and even the confiscation of your driver’s licence.
The government website, ITV. com. es , is a good place to start if you have questions. You’ll be able to find your nearest station, and all of the requirements. This article details the requirements and items necessary for ITV Spain renewal for a vehicle that is already registered in Spain.
If you’re bringing in a new vehicle from a country outside of Spain, the process is more involved, and outside the scope of this article. .
What is ITV for cars in Spain?
The ITV (Inspección técnica de vehículos) is the Spanish vehicle roadworthiness test, like the MOT in the UK. The frequency of the test depends on the category and age of the vehicle. Once you have imported a vehicle into Spain (or if you already have one registered in Spain), it’s liable for periodic inspections.
Is ITV available in Spain?
The ITV Hub is only available within the UK as we don’t hold international rights for all of our shows.
What is the cost of an ITV in Spain?
If you’re currently living in Spain , or thinking of moving to Spain, then it’s likely that you will also choose to drive in the country. Whilst Spanish public transport links are excellent, many ex-pats favour the convenience of having their own vehicle. If you do choose to drive in Spain then you will need an ITV test (the Spanish equivalent of an MOT) for your vehicle, and you should take this into consideration when calculating the cost of living in Spain.
Here’s everything you need to know about the ITV test, including the 2021 updates to the test: The ITV Test: An Overview The ITV (or Inspección Técnica de Vehiculos) is the Spanish equivalent of the MOT test that vehicles must undertake in the UK, and similar tests are also undertaken in much of the USA, and other countries worldwide.
This test gives peace of mind by showing that your car is roadworthy, and once a vehicle has passed its test it is issued with a small coloured (year depending) sticker that is displayed in the car window; displaying this sticker is a legal requirement. How Often Do I Need an ITV Test? In the UK, a car must be MOT’ed on a yearly basis, but in Spain the frequency with which you must receive a new ITV test for your vehicle will depend on the age of the car:
- Cars less than four years old don’t need to undergo an ITV test.
- Cars between four and ten years old need to have an ITV test every two years.
- Cars that are older than ten years old need to have an ITV test every year.
Bringing the Right Documentation When you bring your vehicle to the ITV testing centre, you must have all the correct paperwork, as well as your car, with you for the test to go ahead and the new certificate to be issued. You should ensure you have the following documentation, and that you pay the fee for the certificate to be issued. This costs between 30 euros and 48 euros, depending on the size of your vehicle and where you live. The documents you will need are :
- Ficha Técnica or ITV card – This is the certificate you are given after your ITV test has been completed, and it details any faults that were found on your last test. You won’t need this if it is your cars first ITV test.
- Permiso de circulación – This is your vehicle’s registration document.
- Insurance receipt – You cannot be given an ITV certificate if you cannot show that your vehicle has the correct insurance.
- Identification – You will need to bring your DNI, NIE or TIE for identification.
How The ITV Test Will Change in 2021 From the 1 st June 2021, new rules and regulations were introduced to the ITV test, which are intended to adapt the test to suit new vehicle technologies, as well as make it easier to register UK vehicles in Spain following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Much of the ITV test regulations will remain the same, but drivers need to be aware of the following main changes:
- If the anti-lock braking system has some kind of fault, this will be considered a serious defect now, rather than a minor one.
- The possible detachment of the rearview mirrors is also considered a serious defect.
- The driver of the vehicles driver’s licence can now be validated through the General Registry of Vehicles at the DGT, if the driver doesn’t present it at the testing station.
- Emission testing on extended range electric vehicles (REEVs) or the identification of motorcycles with advanced emission control systems, will be more clearly specified, in a bid to focus on the environmental-aspects of vehicle ownership.
It is important to be aware of these changes so that when it’s time to take your vehicle for its ITV test you can ensure that it fulfills these criteria and you leave no grounds for rejection. What Happens If Your Car Fails the ITV Test? If your car fails the ITV test then you have up to two months to rectify any flaws and then return it to the garage or ITV station for a retest. If you drive your car without an ITV test then you could fall foul of four different fines, which could total up to €500.
The ITV test must legally be carried out at an official ITV station or testing centre, but you can use any garage, or local mechanic, to undertake the work that you need to ensure that you pass this test.
You are allowed to drive your car to the garage for any repairs, however. According to AECA-ITV, there are a total of 2. 5 million drivers who, in addition to not having their ITV up to date, are not covered by the corresponding insurance policy either. This is very dangerous both for the motorist themselves and for other road users.
Importing your UK Car to Spain If you decide that you would like to import your UK car to Spain then you will need to secure an ITV test when you arrive; if you have recently gained an MOT in the UK then this cannot be transferred to Spain and the ITV test will still need to be completed.
As soon as the transfer of your car to Spain is completed, you will need to head to the ITV station! As well as providing the documentation detailed above, if you are gaining an ITV certificate for a British care then you will also need the following documents: foreign registration (may vary depending on the situation of each person and their vehicle), the circulation permit or equivalent document from the country of origin and the original copy of the vehicle’s technical sheet or technical inspection card, or equivalent.
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What documents are needed for ITV in Spain?
What Documentation Do I Need? – You will need to provide the following documents for the ITV inspection:
- The Inspecciones Técnicas or technical sheet (typically blue sheet, for newer cars it will be a white sheet)
- The Permiso de Circulación (the green sheet)
- The compulsory vehicle insurance card or last payment receipt
You may also need to provide some sort of ID (NIE, etc.
How do I book an ITV in Spain?
This is a computer translation from the Spanish version. We thank Veisa for this information. Updated with info from the RD 920/2017 from the 23rd of October, coming into force 20. 2018. Novelty from above mentioned Royal Decree: vehicles that are imported do NOT need to pass ITV inspection if the equivalent inspection from the country where the vehicle was matriculated before, is still valid, according to the test intervals that would be obligatory for a vehicle of same type and age, matriculated in Spain.
This in accordance with the EU Directive on this subject. The same is true for changes of ownership. Choice of ITV station is free, anywhere in Spain, no longer limited to your own autonomous region, for any kind of test or re-test.
For the ´techies´, here is a link to the most up to date ITV Manual , dated February 2018. When should we take vehicle for ITV. The periodicity with which a vehicle must pass the inspection is set out in article 6 of Royal Decree 2042/1994, of October 14, which regulates the Technical Inspection of Vehicles (BOE nº 275 of November 17, 1994), Partially amended by Royal Decree 711/2006, of June 9, (BOE No.
- 147 of June 21, 2006);
- The first inspection must be carried out when it is established, according to the type of vehicle and the date of the first registration of the same;
- The successive inspections will be recorded both on your inspection card and on the last inspection report issued by the ITV centre, and its frequency is also established in these Royal Decrees;
Update: as of 20. 2018 you can take your vehicle to its ITV inspection up to 1 month before renewal date, without losing the original date for the next year (so if inspections yearly, then up to 13 months). The date on which the vehicle passes the test is the one that counts, so if it doesn´t pass the first time and you offer for re-test after the original renewal date, one full year is added (if inspections yearly).
- How can I get an appointment? The appointment system is designed so that the client can select the day and time he wants to pass the inspection, but always depending on the availability of the station’s agenda;
You can get an appointment for any ITV station Andalusia, in the Web www. itvcita. com or by calling 959 999 999. Can I pass the ITV without an appointment? If you want to inspect your vehicle without requesting the appointment or the appointment is outside your inspection period, you can approach one of our ITV centres and wait for a shift available from another user’s cancellation.
When you go without an appointment to an ITV station, the usual procedure is to request a ticket B (without appointment) at the ticket kiosks. But you must know that the fact of obtaining such a ticket does not guarantee the provision of the service, it only keeps the shift in the event that there is any annulment of appointment or generates some availability on time.
In any case, all our stations have free toll-free numbers available to those interested to make an appointment. What documentation do I need to submit for my inspection? To carry out the inspection it is necessary to present the vehicle registration card and the vehicle inspection card.
- These documents must be the originals of the vehicle, copies of them will never be admitted, even if they are certified, as you know, the ITV card must be stamped with each of its periodic reviews;
- UPDATE: As of 15;
2017 you are also requested to show proof of current insurance. What should I keep in mind before conducting my inspection? During the technical inspection that will be done to your vehicle, the mandatory control of emissions of gases will be made. Therefore, before entering the inspection line, you must carry out the following checks: Check the engine oil level.
With the engine stopped, check that the oil level is between the maximum and minimum levels indicated on the dipstick. If this is not the case, fill with the right oil until you get it. Purge the exhaust system.
To do this, start the engine and perform 2 or 3 accelerations thoroughly, with intervals of 30 seconds. Check that the engine is hot. To do this, keep the engine at about 2,500 rpm if it is a light vehicle, and at about 1,500 rpm if it is a heavy vehicle, until the radiator fan begins to operate.
Once the fan is running, the engine can be idle until it enters the inspection line. Also, in order to streamline the technical inspection, you can have all vehicle seat belts fastened. How can I legalise a reform in my vehicle? Before doing this you should consult the Vehicle Reform Manual to know if the reform you intend to make to the vehicle is legal.
Due to the complexity of the matter, we advise you to go to any of our ITV stations, where they will give you more personalised information about the documentation and procedure to follow. Generally, you will be required to provide the vehicle manufacturer’s favourable report or opinion from an authorised laboratory, as well as the certificate from the workshop that carried out the refurbishment.
What procedure do I have to follow to obtain a duplicate of the inspection card of my vehicle? Prior to issuance of the duplicate ITV card, the vehicle must be inspected at the ITV Station of its choice.
To do this, it is necessary that ITV station have the background of your vehicle, which are in the archive of cars of the Delegation of the Ministry with competencies in matters of Industry of the province of registration of the vehicle. In order to initiate the procedures to obtain this information, it is necessary that you inform the ITV Station in question.
- To do this, the channels that are available to you anywhere www;
- com , phone 959 99 99 99 , or free phones installed in all our ITV stations;
- Once the records are in the station selection, staff it will contact you;
, In order to indicate that you can now make an appointment (in any of the above channels) for technical inspection of your vehicle. The inspection day must present the Permit of circulation of the original vehicle or, in its defect, simple note issued by the Local or Provincial Traffic Headquarters.
- In addition to the above, you may also submit a registration report issued by an authorised administrative authority;
- At the ITV station, you must fill out an application for duplicate ITV card, in an official model;
If the application is not to be made by the owner, the person who presents the vehicle for inspection must make a responsible statement, in the sense that it is authorised for it by the owner. It is important to know that without the background of vehicle inspection can not be performed.
How can I make a mixed-adaptive vehicle become tourism or vice versa? For this you must contact a dealer of the brand of the vehicle, they are the ones that can best inform you about the possibility of doing so, as well as the cost of these steps and the necessary documentation.
Can I carry out the second inspection because I was unfavourable in the first one in another ITV station? Inspections to verify that defects classified as serious (second inspections) have been rectified at the same station where the first inspection was carried out.
Exceptionally, with justified reasons, a “file transfer” authorisation may be requested to the Provincial Delegation of Industry of the province where the first inspection was carried out, indicating the reason, the station where the first inspection was carried out and the one in which it wishes to carry out the inspection.
Second inspection. In case this transfer is not accepted, you must pass the second inspection at the ITV station that did the first one. In case your request is accepted, once you have the corresponding acceptance, you can carry out the second inspection in the new ITV Station.
Update: as of 20. 2018 YES you can, without prior authorisation. What is the deadline for a second inspection? Can I circulate while? The time available to carry out a second inspection will be assigned according to the severity of the deficiencies found in the first inspection.
In any case, it shall not exceed two calendar months from the day of the first inspection. As for the possibility of traveling with a vehicle with an unfavourable inspection, only the routes that are made between the ITV station and the repair shop are allowed.
Any other displacement may be seriously denounced by the agents responsible for monitoring traffic. What type of defects are detected in an ITV? Slight flaw: It must be repaired as soon as possible without a new inspection is required to check that has been remedied.
Serious defect: Disables the vehicle for driving on public roads except for transfer to the workshop or, where appropriate, to regularise their situation and return to the ITV station for further inspection. Very serious defect: The use of the vehicle is a danger to its occupants or other users of the public highway.
In this case the transfer of the vehicle must be done by means other than the same. What can be the results of an inspection? Pro: The inspection does not show any defects. Pro with slight flaw: The detected defects are mild and should be corrected as soon as possible.
They do not need to be re-inspected. Unfavourable: Some of the defects are serious. The vehicle must be repaired and re-inspected within a period not exceeding two months. Negative: it detected some very serious flaw. The vehicle must be immobilised and transferred to a workshop by means other than the workshop.
When repaired, it must be re-inspected within a period not exceeding two months. What points of my vehicle are checked at the inspection? The technical inspection is carried out in accordance with the ITV Stations Inspection Manual edited by the Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology, which details the points to be inspected, the method of inspection and the qualification of defects.
By way of summary, the following sections are verified: Vehicle identification (documentation, rack number and number plates). The external state of the vehicle (body and chassis of the vehicle). The interior state of the vehicle (seats, seat belts, field of vision, absence of sharp edges, airbag check, etc.
The system of lighting and signaling (dipped and road lights, intermittency, braking, fog, etc). The level of emissions (noise in two-wheeled vehicles, carbon monoxide in gasoline vehicles and fumes in diesel vehicles).
Update: as per 20. 2018 checks will be stricter and the ITV stations will make use of readers, directly connected to computer system of the vehicle, to improve accuracy. The vehicle brakes. The direction. The axles, the tires and the suspension of the vehicle.
The state of the engine and transmission. And finally, the non existence in the vehicle of reforms without legalising. Update: as per 20. 2018 the ITV stations will make use of equipment to be connected to the board computer, to verify if anything has been tampered with and to check electronic security systems.
How much does it cost to inspect my vehicle? To know the amount, your inspection can consult the inspection fees, which are published by the Resolution of December 15, 2014 (BOJA Nº 250 of December 23, 2014). For Andalucia only. Why do I have to pass the review of my van at 2 years? If you have purchased a van, which is valid for the transport of both persons and goods, the frequency of inspection, as established by Royal Decree 2042/1994, of October 14, is the strictest of both modalities, as transport of Goods, although you as if it were a tourism.
- In certain vehicles the change of use is possible, if the vehicle is approved for it;
- You can check the question: “How can I reclassify my vehicle?”;
- Why should we do ITV? The widespread use of the car has caused a high number of traffic accidents, to which must be added the environmental degradation it generates and the large amount of energy it consumes;
Between 10 and 24% of traffic accidents are due to mechanical failures, this percentage being lower in those countries where the technical inspection of vehicles is carried out. Thanks to ITV hundreds of lives are saved and noise and emissions of pollutants harmful to health and the environment are reduced.
How can I get British TV in Spain?
How can I watch itv1?
On the website, click ‘Live TV’ in the navigation bar or select a channel from our homepage. On iOS and Android devices, go to the ‘Live TV section off the app and swipe the screen to scroll through the channels.
Do you need an MOT for a car in Spain?
As every car owner knows, to ensure that your car is roadworthy and to keep yourself (and other motorists) safe, you will need to get an MOT for your vehicle. This is true wherever you are in Europe, but in Spain what British ex-pats would call an MOT test is called an ITV test. ITV stands for Inspecciòn Tècnica de Vehiculos, and this is an inspection that will determine whether your vehicle is roadworthy or not.
- In the UK your car must undertake an MOT annually, but in Spain the regularity of the ITV test will depend on the age of the car: cars under four years of age don’t need an ITV test;
- Cars between four and ten years old are tested every two years;
Cars that are older than ten years old are subjected to an ITV test annually. If you are thinking of owning or driving a car when you live in Spain, then you will quickly become very familiar with the idiosyncrasies of the ITV test. Here’s everything you need to know: Carrying the Right Documents You can’t just turn up for your ITV test! You have to present the appropriate documentation to the testing centre, and they won’t be able to conduct the test without this paperwork. Ensure that you bring:
- Ficha Tecnica – This is a sheet you are given after your ITV test, outlining any faults that are found. You should bring the Ficha Tecnica from the last ITV test that your car passed.
- Permiso de Circulacion – This is your vehicles registration document.
- Evidence that your car has appropriate insurance. A payment receipt for your insurance policy is the most common thing to bring.
- DNI/NIE identification
You will also need to bring the appropriate fee to pay for your test. More information about the charges for your ITV are outlined below. Time to Talk Money! One of the most frequently asked questions about the ITV test is how much it will cost. After all, owning and driving a car in Spain, as anywhere else, can be expensive! There is not one flat rate price for this test – the amount you will be charged depends on the size and power of the vehicle you drive. If your vehicle isn’t listed below then the full list can be found here :
- Two wheel mopeds – Max €30. 70
- Motorcycles (less than 125cc) – €30. 70
- Motorcycles (more than 125cc) – €42. 29
- Cars Gasoline (less than 1600cc),+ hybrid + disabled – €33. 20
- Cars Gasoline (more than 1600cc),vans and campers – €43. 44
- Cars Diesel (less than 1600cc) + hybrid + disabled – €38. 31
- Cars Diesel (more than 1600cc) – €48. 54
- Public service vehicles for the transport of people – Gasoline (10 or more seats) – €90. 92
- Public service vehicles for the transport of people – Diesel (10 or more seats) – €106. 14
- Vehicles used to transport goods – Gasoline (MMA<3,500kg) - €47. 28
- Vehicles used to transport goods – Diesel (MMA<3,500kg) - €52. 39
- Vehicles used to transport goods Gasoline (MMa >3,500kg) – €42. 65
- Vehicles used to transport goods Diesel (MMa >3,500kg) – €62. 05
- Towed caravans – (less than 3,500kg) – €52. 39
- Towed caravans – (more than 3,500kg) – €62. 05
- Agricultural vehicles – €35. 28
- Special vehicles – €86. 74
Visiting a Test Centre and Getting an Appointment The ITV test can only be carried out at an official testing centre. There are hundreds of these located across Spain, with more than 50 in Andalusia alone, so finding a centre that is convenient for you shouldn’t be a difficult task. If you don’t know where the test station in your neighbourhood is, then you will find a comprehensive list of these here.
As a guideline, here are the maximum amounts you can expect to pay for your test (the amount may be lower, but never more). Once upon a time, the ITV test was dreaded in Spain because car owners had to arrive at the test centre at the crack of dawn, and then wait in a long queue on the day their ITV test was due.
Nowadays, you can make an appointment online , saving you time and making the whole process much more convenient. Unfortunately, not everything is improved though: you will no longer be sent a reminder letter telling you when your next ITV test is due, meaning you will either have to remember this date yourself, or opt in to the text message reminder service.
- Most testing centres open at around 6;
- 45am, which is convenient for drivers who want to fit their test around their working day;
- What is Tested During an ITV test? The ITV test is very different from the MOT test that is performed in the UK;
Rather than simply drop off your car at a test centre and leave, you will be asked to perform certain tasks as part of the process, and for the most part will be sitting in and operating your car throughout. If you find this daunting, particularly if you have any concerns about the language barrier, then you will find many garages who will take it for you for a small fee. You just drop your car off at the garage and let them do the rest! If you decide you’d rather take your car yourself, then here is a quick step by step of what you can expect:
- Take your car documentation (listed above) into the ITV office and pay for your test. In exchange you will be given some documents.
- Pass these documents on to your mechanic, who will be waiting for you to arrive and start the checks in another building (but part of the same facility)
- Return to your vehicle where you will be asked to drive it through several different test points.
- The first station check is generally for lights, wipers, indicators, hazards and seatbelts. The second station is for wheel alignment. The third station is for hand brakes and brakes, and finally, the fourth station is for omissions and oil etc.
- Once these test stations have been completed, you will be told to park your car and return to the office for the results of your case and to collect the paperwork: this will tell you if your car has passed or failed the test.
Pass or Fail: What Happens Next? If your car passes its ITV test then you will be issued with a test certificate and a small coloured sticker that has to be displayed in the right-hand side of your windscreen. This shows the month and year of when the next test is due. Displaying this sticker is important, as you can be fined if you are pulled over by the police and it isn’t displayed visibly. If your car fails its ITV test then you will be given back your documentation and the test sheet with a rubber stamp displaying the word ‘Disfavorable’ and with the reasons for failure.
The office staff rarely discuss the reason for your failure, so you may not some support from a Spanish speaking friend to read and understand the form you are given. You will then by given up to 30 days to make changes to your car and test it again.
It is vitally important to ensure that you car is retested within this 30 day period, otherwise the ITV centre will write to the department of transport declaring that your car is on the road illegally. ITV Tests for Foreign Vehicles If you have been living in Spain for more than 6 months, and driving a foreign car in the country for more than 6 months, then it is a legal requirement that you re-register your vehicle onto Spanish plates, and then it will be subjected to the same ITV test requirements as any other Spanish vehicle.
- Before this 6 month period is up, you can have an ITV test completed for your foreign registered car on a voluntary basis, but this is not a legal requirement;
- If you choose to submit your car for testing at this stage then you will be issued with a ‘Voluntary Certificate’ rather than a full and conventional certificate;
The ITV station will also not issue a sticker for the windscreen, but the certificate itself will serve as proof that the vehicle is roadworthy. Choosing to drive a foreign registered car in Spain is a complicated issue that requires great consideration, and often great expense.
- You can read more in-depth about this here;
- ITV Testing during the Coronavirus Pandemic Wondering how COVID-19 will impact your ITV test? The majority of testing centres have now reopened, so you should have no problem finding a centre and appointment, but all appointments now have to be pre-booked: walk-ins have been prohibited;
Perspex screens have now been fitted at all testing centres so that when you arrive to book in your car, both staff and customers are protected. Payments will only be permitted using a card, with cash payments prohibited. As in so many other indoor venues in Spain, car owners will be required to wear a face mask at all times during the testing process.
We advise that you book your next test as soon as possible if it is due soon: many testing centres are still dealing with a backlog, caused by their extended closure during the COVID-19 lockdown. Booking in early will ensure you can get an appointment when you need it.
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How does Spain road tax work?
When do you have to pay it? – Car tax in Spain is due for payment each yea r. If you are using the agency Suma (for those living in the Alicante area), then payment can be made on their website or in person at their offices. Often, the tax collection agency responsible will send out reminders that the payment is due.