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Technical inspection of a commercial vehicle (van)

Verified 15 December 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You have bought van and you wonder when and where to do the technical inspection and at what cost? Want to know more about pollutant emissions control? Want to check what functions are controlled and how to do if a failure is found? This page shows you the rules to know about technical control.

One van of PTAC: titleContent less than or equal to 3,5 tons shall be subject to technical inspection, whether thermal, hybrid or electric.

Vehicles subject to or exempted from technical inspection

Vehicle type

Technical inspection required?

Private Vehicle (VP)




Camper with a maximum permissible gross vehicle weight (PTAC) of 3,5 t


Camper with a PTAC greater than 3,5 t




Collection vehicle put into circulation from 1960


Collection vehicle used as a chauffeured transport car (VTC)


Collection vehicle released before 1960 and with a maximum TAC of 3,5 t


Collection vehicle with a PTAC greater than 3,5 t


Car without licence


Motorcycle, 2 wheels and 3 wheels


Motor quadricycle


Caravan with a PTAC of 3.5 tons or less


Agricultural tractor


Trailer with a TAC of 3.5 tons or less not used for the transport of dangerous goods


Car registered in diplomatic or similar services


Car registered in the FFECSA series (French Forces and civilian elements stationed in Germany)


Periodic technical inspection

1to periodic inspection during the 6 months preceding the 4e anniversary of 1re entry into service.

No summons are sent. Control is on your initiative.

Example :

For a vehicle put into circulation on 1to July 2018, 1to technical inspection must take place between 1to January 2022 and June 30, 2022.

The next check date will result of this 1to control.

The technical inspection shall not relieve the vehicle owner of the obligation to maintain serviceability and in satisfactory condition of maintenance.

Additional technical inspection

The additional technical control allows check polluting emissions vehicle.

It every vans over 4 years.

However, the following vehicles are provided (see carte grise):

  • Vehicle diesel energy source GA
  • Vehicle electric and hydrogen energy source EL, AC, H2, HE and HH

The additional technical inspection shall take place within 2 months of the end of the 1 year period following the technical inspection.

Example :

For technical inspection done on 1to October 2021, the supplementary visit must take place between 1to August 2022 and September 30, 2022.

No summons are sent. Control is at your initiative.

In any approved centre in France.

You must present the original Certificate of Registration (new name of the carte grise) except in certain situations.

The fees are at the expense of the vehicle owner.

The price periodic technical inspection and back-inspection services variables according to the centres.

They must be displayed at the main entrance of the centre, in a visible and legible manner.

Prices are by energy type : gasoline, diesel, gas, hybrid, electric.

You can use online service for prices charged by the technical control centres:

Know prices charged by technical control centres

The controller shall verify 133 checkpoints concerning the following functions:

  • Identification vehicle: vehicle documents, number plate, etc.
  • Equipment braking : platelets, disks...
  • Direction : steering wheel, housing...
  • Visibility : windscreen, mirrors...
  • Lights, reflective devices and electrical equipment (especially those of an electric vehicle such as the battery, the charging cable, the traction battery box...)
  • Axles, wheels, tyres, suspension
  • Chassis and chassis accessories
  • Other equipment: seat belts, horn (audible warning)...
  • Nuisances : pollution, noise level

During the supplementary technical inspection, the controller shall check only the points concerning the polluting emissions.

At each controlled point, severity level is indicated if a failure is found.

  • Minor Failure : no impact on vehicle safety or the environment
  • Major Failure : which could compromise the safety of the vehicle, have a negative impact on the environment or endanger other road users
  • Critical Failure : posing a direct and immediate threat to road safety or having a serious impact on the environment

In case of major or critical failure, a new check must be carried out after having made the necessary repairs: a countervisit or a countervisit.

Checked points depend on the major and critical failures observed during the previous check.

The date of the next check depends on the deficiencies found during the technical inspection.

Result of periodic and supplementary technical checks according to identified deficiencies



Control Validity

Prescription of a countervisit

Lack of Major and Critical Failure

Favourable (A)

2 years for periodic inspection

1 year for supplementary supervision

No counter-visit

At least one major failure

Unfavourable (S)

2 months from check

Mandatory within 2 months of technical inspection

At least one critical failure

Unfavourable (R)

Control Day

You do not have to cross-visit the authorised centre where the deficiencies were found.

The counter-visit can be in any approved centre in France.

It is given to you minutes after each technical check.

The minutes shall mention in particular the following:

  • Nature of control (periodic technical inspection, counter-inspection, supplementary inspection, additional counter-inspection)
  • Date control
  • Result control (favourable, unfavourable for major failure, unfavourable for critical failure)
  • Validity limit control
  • Nature of next control (periodic inspection, counter-inspection, supplementary inspection, supplementary counter-inspection)
  • Centre Identification control and
  • Vehicle identification
  • Mileage raised
  • Unfavourable technical control information
  • Failures and Severity Levels (critical, major, minor, mileage recorded in technical inspection since 20 May 2018, comments)
  • Measures

The controller shall affix a stamp on the carte grise indicating the result of the check and its deadline:

  • Letter A : result favourable
  • Letter S : unfavourable result for major failures
  • Letter R : unfavourable result for critical failures
  • POLLU Letters for additional control

It is no longer possible to include the entry in the minutes of the technical inspection non-rolling vehicle.

The owner of a van that does not comply with the requirements of the technical inspection is liable to a fine of up to €750.

As a rule, this is a flat-rate fine of €135.

In case of control by the police or gendarmerie, detention order can be taken.

In this case, the driver's carte grise is retained.

A valid traffic ticket 7 days shall be handed over to him to perform the technical inspection.

To recover his carte grise, the driver must present to the police station or the gendarmerie the minutes of the technical inspection attesting his satisfactory result.

In case of dispute over the outcome of the technical inspection, remedies are displayed in centre who issued the report.