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Technical inspection of a motorhome (maximum 3,5 t)

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

You have bought a camper (VASP style on the carte grise) and you wonder when and where to do the technical inspection and what the price is? Want to know what functions are controlled and how to do if a failure is found? This page shows you the rules to know about technical control.

The technical control concerns all camper vans (VASP type on the carte grise) including PTAC is less than or equal to 3,5 tons.

If PTAC: titleContent is greater than 3,5 tons, motorhome technical control must be made in a centre for heavy goods vehicles.

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)


1to control during the 6 months before 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.

Even if the technical inspection is favourable, the owner must, in all circumstances, maintain the vehicle in good working order and in satisfactory condition of maintenance.

In any approved centre in France.

You must present the 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...
  • Equipment braking : platelets, disks...
  • Direction : steering wheel, housing...
  • Visibility : windscreen, mirrors...
  • Lights, reflective devices and electrical equipment
  • Axles, wheels, tyres, suspension
  • Chassis and chassis accessories
  • Other equipment: seat belts, horn (audible warning)...
  • Nuisances : pollution, noise level

At each controlled point, failure level box.

  • Minor Failure : no significant impact on vehicle safety or the environment
  • Major Failure : a failure that could compromise the safety of the vehicle and adversely affect the environment or endanger other road users
  • Critical Failure : direct and immediate danger to road safety or serious environmental impact

In case of major or critical failure, a new control called counter-visit, is to be done after making the necessary repairs.

The controlled points on a cross-visit depend on failures major and critical found during the previous check.

Outcome of the technical inspection according to the deficiencies identified



Control Validity

Prescription of a countervisit

Lack of Major and Critical Failure

Favourable (A)

2 years from control

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 carried out 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, cross-check)
  • Date control
  • Result control (favourable, unfavourable for major failure, unfavourable for critical failure)
  • Limit validity control
  • Nature next check (periodic inspection, cross-check)
  • Centre Identification control and
  • Identification vehicle
  • Mileage statement
  • Unfavourable technical control information
  • Failures and Severity Levels (critical, major, minor, mileage recorded in technical inspection since 20 May 2018, comments)
  • Measures

Controller puts on carte grise stamp indicating result control and deadline :

  • Letter A : result favourable
  • Letter S : unfavourable result for major failures
  • Letter R : unfavourable result for critical failures

The controller shall place a thumbnail that expiry date of the check carried out.

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

Failure to comply with the requirements of the technical inspection shall be punishable by 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, the vehicle can be locked and you must then give them the certificate of registration (carte grise).

One valid circulation card 7 days is handed over to you to perform the technical inspection.

To retrieve the registration certificate (carte grise), you must submit to the police station or the gendarmerie the minutes of the technical inspection confirming its satisfactory result.

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