In Spain all vehicles are subject to regular safety checks through a road worthiness test, known as the ITV, Inspecciòn Tècnica de Vehiculos, – Vehicle Technical Inspection.
New cars are tested after 4 years, and are then required to be inspected every 2 years until the car is 10 years old.
New mopeds, quads, and motorcycles are tested after 5 years, and then every 2 years until they reach 10 years.
Any vehicle over 10 years is required to be inspected and tested every year.
All vehicles being imported to Spain are also subject to an initial special inspection before the vehicle can be registered in Spain. This inspection has a few more checks, as along with roadworthiness, the technicians are checking that the vehicle conforms with standards.
Before undergoing the technical inspection of your vehicle, you should carry out some basic checks that can prevent the result from being unfavorable. The list below covers the standard test and as well as the extended import inspection.