Vehicle Roadworthiness Tests in Germany

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

Vehicle roadworthiness (Hauptuntersuchung or HU) tests are compulsory in Germany. Failure to comply, or losing proof that the examinations have been carried out, may result in a fine and points on the driving licence. It is the car owner's responsibility to make sure that the vehicle is tested when it is due.

A roadworthy test must be carried out every two years on vehicles over three years old. Vehicle roadworthiness tests (similar to the UK's MOT test) can only be carried out by authorised centres, either the TÜV (Technische Überwachungs-Verein), DEKRA in the new Federal States (formerly East Germany) or the GTÜ (Gesellschaft fuer Technische Überwachungand authorised garages.

  • For information in English: Click here
  • For details of current costs for all vehicle examinations: Click here

Taking the Vehicle Test (Hauptuntersuchung or HU)

Examinations can only be carried out by an authorised garage or test centre.

  • To find the nearest authorised TÜV test centre: Click here
  • Appointments can be made by telephone or online
    • Tel: 089 579 10
  • To find the nearest DEKRA centre: Click here
    • Tel: 071 178 610
  • To find the nearest GTÜ test centre: Click here and use the search facility

The following documents must be taken to the test:

  • Car registration and ownership documents (Zulassungsbescheinigung Teil I und II)
  • Proof of identity

A vehicle undergoes comprehensive testing to ensure that it is mechanically safe to drive and that the following are in proper working order:

  • Tyres
  • Lights
  • Braking system
  • Chassis and structure
  • Fire safety
  • Equipment
  • Exhaust system
  • Steering
  • Co2 Emissions test
  • Full details of what the Hauptuntersuchung test involves: Click here

The following should also be in the car and may be checked:

  • A warning triangle
  • First aid kit
  • Protective gloves
  • The TÜV website also has a checklist for the test: Click here

Failing the test

If a vehicle fails the test, it is vital that the repairs listed on the test paper are carried out as soon as possible. If the vehicle is submitted for retesting within one month, then a reduced fee is payable for the second inspection. Failure to comply with this deadline means the vehicle will have to undergo another Hauptuntersuchung at full cost.

Proof of testing

When the vehicle has passed the test a circular plaque is issued which is valid for two years and must be displayed on the rear number plate of the vehicle. It shows the month and year when the next test is due.

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