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ITV vehicle inspection Barcelona E-mail

ITV Vehicle inspection Barcelona

ITV (inspección técnica de vehículos) is the safety and road worthiness vehicle inspection in Barcelona and Spain which is required for all vehicles. Major towns and cities in Spain have many ITV inspection centres.

 go 
List Barcelona ITV vehicle inspection centres
 go  Certio ITV centres (previously called Applus
 go
  ITV inspection centres in the rest of Spain
 go  DGT - the Spanish Traffic ministry website
 go  About driving in Spain

About ITV vehicle inspection - (inspección técnica de vehículos)

The vehicle inspection costs around € 40 and can usually be booked from day to day or online at Certio ITV centres. Payment is in cash or by credit card. The inspection itself takes about 15 minutes while ITV inspectors check your horn, windscreen wipers, seat belts, turn on your flickers/indicators, check your brake lights and your exhaust emissions, then all brakes and alignment of wheels. If you pass the inspection, you get a new sticker for your windscreen.

ITV word list

Here are the most important words you need to understand what the inspector is asking you to do:

Faros - headlamps
Luces traseras - back lights
Luces de los Frenos – brake lights
Izquerda – left
Derecha – right
Pisar el freno/acelerador - to put one's foot on the brake/accelerator
Freno de Mano – Hand brake
El volante – steering wheel
Escobillas – windscreen wipers

If you do not have time to take your vehicle to the ITV inspection yourself, then  many mechanics and garages can handle it for you, but they will charge a fee of course, so the easiest thing is to take your car yourself. Here are the year 2011 ITV test requirements for Spain

Scooters over 50cc
less than 3 years old         No test required
Scooters over 50cc more than  3 years old        Test every 2 years
Motorcycles less than 4 years old        No test required
Motorcycles from 4 to 10 years old        Test every 2 years
Passenger cars less than 4 years old         No test required
Passenger cars more than 4 years old     Test every 2 years
Passenger cars more than 10 years old    Test every year


An invalid ITV sticker will generate a substantial fine of around 100 – 150 euros.  Your driving license could also be confiscated until you can document that your vehicle has passed the ITV inspection within 10 days.