Vehicle Roadworthiness Tests in Denmark

All vehicles must undergo regular inspection (like the MOT test) at an authorised test centre to ensure that it is legal and roadworthy. Find out where and how to get a car tested...

Vehicle roadworthiness tests are compulsory in Denmark for all vehicles aged four years or more. After this, vehicles need to be tested every two years. The roadworthiness test must be carried out an authorised Vehicle Inspection centre. All inspection centres are privatised and under supervision of the Danish Transport Authority (Færdselsstyrelsen).

Owners of vehicles registered in Denmark receive a reminder note indicating a time period within which the vehicle has to be inspected. A list of centres where the inspection can take place is also indicated. Appointments for a vehicle inspection (Bilsyn) can be booked through the following associations and websites:

Taking the Test

The vehicle inspection is to ensure that vehicles are roadworthy and meet road safety and technical requirements. The first vehicle inspection should be carried when the vehicle is four years old, then every two years thereafter.

The inspection itself takes about 20 to 30 minutes, and can be paid in cash or by credit card.

There is no requirement for the owner of the vehicle to be present at the inspection. No specific documents are required as all information is registered online and corresponds to the vehicle's number plates.

If the vehicle is undergoing a vehicle inspection in order to be registered in Denmark following import, the vehicle's registration certificate and the service manual for the vehicle should be taken to the inspection.

What is tested?

The first stage of the test is to check that the vehicle's chassis number and number plates correspond with the vehicle's registration certificate. The following are then checked:
  • Lights and indicators
  • Brakes
  • Tyres
  • Seats and seatbelts
  • Odometer reading (which is checked against any previous readings)
  • Windscreen, wipers and mirrors
  • Gearbox (on manual cars)
  • Warning lights on the dashboard
  • Horn/warning device
  • Airbags
  • Suspension and steering mechanism
  • Shock absorbers
Emissions can also be checked at the owner's request. Once the vehicle has passed the inspection test a roadworthiness report (synsrapport) is issued. This is valid until the next inspection.

If the vehicle fails the inspection a date must be fixed for a re-test. The owner of the vehicle must have the vehicle repaired to get the vehicle roadworthy. A vehicle without a valid roadworthiness certificate may lose its registration and may no longer be driven on the road.

Sale of a Car

If the car is more than four years old a vehicle inspection must be carried out before it can be registered in the new owner's name. The buyer should check that the car has undergone a vehicle inspection before purchasing it, and should check the vehicle inspection report (Synsrapport).