Vehicle Roadworthiness in Turkey

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

Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections and Roadworthiness Inspections are both mandatory in Turkey. The tests must be carried out at an authorised test centre. Vehicles that have not had the relevant test carried out may not be driven on the roads, and the owner may incur severe penalties.

TÜVTURK is the only company authorised to carry out the inspection and roadworthiness tests.

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Cars, motorbikes and trailers must be tested once they are three years old and every two years thereafter. Commercial vehicles must be tested after one year and each year thereafter.

Before carrying out either of the above tests, vehicles must undergo a vehicle emissions test. This can be carried out at a TÜVTURK authorised test station. Vehicles that are fitted with LPG must also be tested for gas leaks beforehand.

Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections

The Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection (Vize Günü). is the regular safety check for all vehicles. Roadworthiness inspections are only necessary for trucks, tractors and articulated lorries that transport goods to the EU.

All vehicles must be tested at authorised TÜVTURK test stations (Araç Muayene İstasyonları). There are also mobile test stations that visit small towns. Vehicles can turn up at these mobile stations without an appointment and wait their turn.

Documents required

Note: Copies are not accepted.

  • The vehicle's registration documents
  • Proof of valid vehicle insurance
  • Identity card, passport or driving licence
  • Proof of recent exhaust emissions test (less than one month old)
  • Proof of gas leak testing (less than one month old)
  • Tax clearance document, proving that there are no outstanding tax debts or traffic fines
  • Previous test certificate (if applicable)

For further information about Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections: Click here (In Turkish)

Cost

Rates are determined by the Turkish Ministry of Transport. Vehicles that are tested after the due date of inspection are charged an additional five percent.

  • For further information on the cost of the tests: Click here (in Turkish)

Taking the test

The chassis number (şasi), engine number, and registration plate numbers must correspond to those indicated on the vehicle's registration document. The vehicle must carry a first aid kit, two warning triangles, a fire extinguisher and spare tyre (except for motorbikes).

The following are tested during the inspection:

  • Brake system - Fren sistemi
  • Steering system - Direksiyon sistemi
  • Vision features - Dikiz sistemi
  • Lamps, mirrors and electrical equipment
  • Axles, tyres, suspension - Dingil, lasktik
  • Compulsory equipment - Zorunlu ekipman
  • Noise pollution - Gürültü kirliliği
  • Engine, transmission, oil leak control - Motor, gaz kaçak kontrolü

If the vehicle passes the test successfully, a sticker is placed on the vehicle's front registration plate, indicating the validity period of the vehicle inspection test. The vehicle owner also receives a vehicle inspection certificate which needs to be taken to the next inspection.

If the vehicle fails the test, but is repairable, a temporary faulty vehicle sticker is placed on the vehicle's registration certificate. An unroadworthy vehicle will be reported to the Turkish Traffic Police. Repairs must be carried out within 30 days. If repairs are carried out within the time limit and the vehicle is retested at the same test station, the re-test is free of charge.

Roadworthiness Inspections 

Roadworthiness inspections for trucks, tractors and semi-trailers that transport goods to the EU are carried out after the Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections. These vehicles must be tested annually.

Documents required

  • The vehicle's registration documents
  • CEMT Certificate (Technical document provided by the manufacturer)
  • Proof of valid Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection

It is possible to register for an appointment for the roadworthiness test online: Click here (In Turkish)