Vehicle Roadworthiness (VTV) in Buenos Aires

Vehicles in Buenos Aires must undergo regular inspection by official test centers, to ensure the car is legal and roadworthy with safe emissions. Find out where and how to get a car tested...

Vehicle roadworthiness tests (Verificación Técnica Vehicular - VTV) are compulsory in Buenos Aires on an annual basis for vehicles aged two years or over. The roadworthiness test must be carried out at an authorized test center. Motorbikes must be tested every year after the first year of use.

For holders of a disability card, the VTV test is carried out free of charge.

Taking the Test

The vehicle's first VTV test should be carried out when it is two years old, this is calculated from the first registration date of the vehicle. It is then tested on a yearly basis thereafter. Note: subsequent tests should be carried out within 30 days of the expiry date indicated on the stamp (oblea) from the previous test.

A roadworthiness test must also be carried out when a vehicle changes owner.

The test must be carried out at a technical center situated in the same area in which the vehicle is registered.

  • To find out where a vehicle can be tested in Buenos Aires: Click here and select Dónde verificar
  • To book a VTV test online: Click here and select Obtene tu turno, and then select the place of residence

Documents required when taking the test

The following document must be taken to the test center:

  • Registration document (cedula verde)

What the roadworthiness test checks

The vehicle is checked for the following:

  • Exhaust system and exhaust emissions
  • Proof of correct identification; the chassis number must correspond to the number on the vehicle's registration documents
  • Seats and seat belts
  • Tires and wheels
  • Lights
  • Brakes
  • Steering and suspension

If the vehicle fails the test, the vehicle owner has 60 days to carry out the necessary repairs. If the test is carried out again within the 60 day time limit, the vehicle is retested free of charge. After this time, the vehicle owner must pay to have the vehicle tested again.

If the vehicle successfully passes the test (apto), a stamp (oblea) is provided which must be fixed on the windscreen of the vehicle.

Driving a vehicle without displaying a valid roadworthiness stamp may incur a heavy fine.