Vehicle Roadworthiness in Belgium
The compulsory roadworthiness test for your car or other motor vehicle in Belgium: why, when, where and how to get it done...
A test of vehicle roadworthiness (Contrôle technique/Autokeuring), in some form or another, has been required in Belgium since 1933.
Equivalent standards between firms undertaking inspections is maintained by the officially recognised federation, GOCA (Groupement des Entreprise Agréées de Contrôle Automobile et du Permis de Conduire/Groepering Van Erkende Ondernemingen Voor Autokeuring en Rijbewijs).
- GOCA website (in French and Dutch) answers most questions that people may have regarding the vehicle roadworthiness test in Belgium
- Tel: 02 481 07 07 to make an appointment
- Appointments can also be made online
- See the current tariffs for tests and re-tests (in French) and click on the picture
When Should a Vehicle be Tested?New vehicles are exempt from the test until four years after first registration. Following the first inspection, vehicles need to be tested every year. This period may be extended to two years if the following apply:
- The vehicles passes the contrôle and receives a green Certificat de Visite
- It has covered less than 100,000 Km
- The vehicle has been tested within its date limit
- It is less than six years old
When a car is soldVehicles destined for sale must also undergo the test shortly before sale.
After an accidentIn addition, vehicles that have been involved in an accident must be re-tested following repairs. This is a slightly different test, and can only be carried out in specialist centres.
If the vehicle has been modifiedVehicles that have been tuned or modified in any way (for example, if the suspension has been lowered) must satisfy certain conditions. The website How2Tune has information about tuning and explains the rules and laws that apply for tuning cars in Belgium.
Taking the Vehicle Roadworthiness TestThe test must be carried out at an accredited centre. There are 77 of these in Belgium, most open from 07:00-17:00 with some open until 19:00 on Monday and/or Thursday.
- To book an appointment online: vehicle roadworthiness test online booking
Documentation required for the testA vehicle should be presented for its test with the following original documents:
- An up-to-date Registration Document (certificat d'immatriculation/inschrijvingsbewij), as provided by the Direction Immatriculation Véhicules (DIV)
- Its certificate of confirmity (Certificat de conformité - COC)
- For vehicles which have previously been tested, the Visit Certificate (Certificat de visite) issued after the contrôle technique
- the braking system
- mirrors and screens
- lights and indicators
Car-PassThe mileage is now recorded during a roadworthiness test and sent through to the central computer of Car-Pass – an organisation that maintains vehicle data for the purpose of checking legitimate mileage of vehicles being re-sold. The Car-Pass document also details the make and model of the vehicle, its date of first registration in Belgium, the chassis number, the date the document was prepared, and a unique document number for traceability.
- For further information visit the Car-Pass website (in French and Dutch)