Vehicle Inspections in Taiwan

The compulsory periodic vehicle inspection for your car or other motor vehicle in Taiwan: when, where and how to get it done...

Vehicle inspection in Taiwan is overseen by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC). Local Motor Vehicles Offices provide details of the recognised test centres within the region.

  • MOTC
    At: No.70, Sec. 1, Zhongxiao W. Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 100
    Tel: (02) 2311 3456

When Should a Vehicle be Tested?

Vehicles aged between five and ten years must undergo an annual inspection. Private vehicles under that age do not have to be inspected unless they are going through a change of ownership, or have been recovered from stolen. Private cars over ten years old must be inspected twice a year.

Vehicles used for commercial purposes or those using LPG (liquid petroleum gas) or compressed natural gas must also be inspected annually if less than five years old and twice a year if over five years old.

The inspection must be arranged within one month before or after the due date. A fine is payable if the inspection occurs after this time limit and the number plates will be suspended if the time exceeds one month. The licence plates are cancelled if the inspection has not been carried out after six months of the due date.

Taking the Test

The government vehicle inspection is quite minimal and should not be considered evidence that a vehicle is completely safe and roadworthy. Checks general only include:

  • Brakes
  • Lights
  • Wheel alignment
  • Emissions
  • Specification

Documents required

  • Vehicle Registration Licence
  • Motor insurance certificate (valid for at least 30days)
  • Fee

Note: All outstanding taxes and any traffic infringements must be settled before the inspection can be carried out.

Failing the inspection

Vehicles that fail the inspection must undergo the necessary repairs and repeat the test within one month. The repeat inspection relates specifically to the failed items on the original inspection. Depending on the district or municipality, if the repeat inspection is carried out within a certain amount of time (generally two to seven days) after the original inspection there is no additional charge.

If repairs are not made within one month, or if the vehicle fails the repeat inspection, the licence plate is suspended.

Further Information

  • Information about vehicle licensing and inspection from the Taichung City Government: Click here
  • Further information about periodic inspection from the Taipei City Motor Vehicles Office: Click here