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In order for an inspection centre to carry out the mandatory Technical Inspection of Vehicles (ITV), the equivalent to the MOT, you must present certain documents at the ITV test centre.

These documents are in order to confirm the ownership of the vehicle, it´s registration, and the details on any previous inspections carried out.

Over time, some of these documents are being replaced by digital versions, and so if your new vehicle doesn´t have the ITV card for example, check with the dealer because it may well be in digital form. In all other cases, it is mandatory and provides a wealth of information.

In order to have the inspection carried out on your vehicle, you must present the following at the ITV test centre:

  • The original vehicle technical inspection card, the Tarjeta Inspección Técnica de Vehículos.
  • The original log book, called the Permiso de Circulación.
  • Accreditation of the obligatory insurance of the vehicle (the last receipt to the current of payment will suffice).

It is also important to note that the ITV must be valid when you drive on the public roads. In other words, unlike the UK, you cannot book an appointment with a vehicle that does not have the ITV and drive it to the centre. The ITV must be valid in order for you to drive there. If you don´t have a current ITV, then the vehicle must be taken to the test centre on a grua, tow truck, and not driven there.

Recent change in the law also means that you are able to take your vehicle for the inspection up to a month before it is due, without it affecting the expiration date. So, in other words, if your ITV is due on the 20th of the month and you take it on the 5th, assuming you pass, your next ITV will still be extended until the 20th of the corresponding month when the next inspection is due.

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