Vehicle Roadworthiness Tests (MOT) in Cyprus

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

In the Republic of Cyprus, all vehicles over four years old are subject to a Department of Road Transport (DoRT) test known as an  MOT.   The test checks emissions, brakes, suspension, steering, lights and tyres among other things. The car is connected to a computer and the test takes around 45 minutes.  This test must be passed every two years. Motorcycles are currently not subject to this test. This may change by 2021 if legislation is approved to make road worthiness tests for motorcycles over 12cc mandatory. 

In order to register a vehicle in Cyprus, it must first pass the MOT. Vehicle owners are responsible for ensuring the vehicle's inspection is up to date. If a vehicle is properly registered with the Department of Transport, owners may receive a MOT renewal notification message in Greek via SMS. 

An appointment can be made at an authorised MOT testing station, at which time the vehicle registration document (log book) must be presented. Some MOT testing centres accept walk-ins. The cost of an MOT is 35 euros (correct as of 2020) Results of the test are electronically transmitted to the Department of Transport. Once a test is completed successfully, the vehicle testing station issues the certificate. This should be carried in the car and made available for inspection. If the car does not pass the MOT, they will be told what issues the vehicle has and need to be fixed in order to pass.