Vehicle Roadworthiness Tests in Bulgaria

The compulsory roadworthiness test for your car or other motor vehicle in Bulgaria: why, when, where and how to get it done...

The vehicle roadworthiness test (?????????? ???????) in Bulgaria is a periodic technical inspection carried out on all vehicles over three years old. The test is carried out in authorised garages that are licensed by the Ministry of Transport. This is the equivalent of MOT testing in the UK.

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Taking the Test

New vehicles are exempt from testing for three years from first registration.

  • The first test takes place at three years from the date of first registration
  • The second test takes place two years thereafter
  • Five years after first registration, the car undergoes annual roadworthiness tests

The owner/driver of the car should have their vehicle tested before the expiry date on the roadworthiness card, however, they have 30 days following the expiry date to carry our the test. After this time the owner/driver is fined if stopped by the traffic police.

In the event of a road accident, if the roadworthiness test period has expired, the insurance of the vehicle may be considered invalid by the insurance company.

Documents required for the test

The following documents are needed by the test centre:

  • Proof of identity (????? ?????) of the driver/owner
  • The vehicle’s registration documents (?????????????? ?????)
  • Proof of insurance, compulsory for all vehicles, with the sticker on the windscreen (?????????? ???????????)
  • The receipt proving that the vehicle’s taxes have been paid (????? ???)

What is tested

  • Brakes
  • Steering and steering wheel
  • Lights
  • Tyres
  • Axles
  • Suspension and wheels
  • Equipment of the vehicle including seat belts, first aid kit, warning triangle

Passing the test

If the vehicle passes the test, the authorised garage issues a card (????? ?? ?????????? ???????) and a stamp for the car. The card contains information about the month and year of the next test due and the car’s number plates. The card must be carried by the driver at all times, and be shown to a traffic police officer on request. The stamp must be stuck to the windscreen of the car. New cars also receive a card and a stamp that shows that they are roadworthy by the car dealer.

Failing the test

If the vehicle fails the roadworthiness test, the necessary repairs must be carried out and the vehicle will need to be re-tested and the fee paid again.