Mechanical Inspection

After a Mechanical Inspection

Once the mechanical inspection is completed, the road vehicle inspection agent affixes an inspection sticker on the vehicle if it is found to be compliant with safety standards. Otherwise, you will have to have it repaired.

Compliant vehicle

If the vehicle is found to be compliant, the road vehicle inspection agent:

  • affixes an inspection sticker on the vehicle
  • gives you:
    • a valid mechanical inspection certificate
    • a mechanical inspection report
Useful information

In the case of periodic mechanical inspections

The inspection sticker is valid for 6 or 12 months, depending on the type of vehicle.

A new mechanical inspection may be required further to a roadside intervention.

Vehicle with a minor defect

Vehicle not authorized for road use

  1. You will be given a certificate of non-compliance
  2. You must make the required repairs, or have them made
  3. Once the repairs have been carried out, you must make an appointment with a road vehicle inspection agent so that the agent can verify that the defect has been repaired
  4. If the vehicle is deemed compliant, the road vehicle inspection agent:
    • affixes an inspection sticker on the vehicle
    • gives you:
      • a valid mechanical inspection certificate
      • a mechanical inspection report

Vehicle authorized for road use

  1. You will be given a certificate of non-compliance
  2. You must make the required repairs, or have them made, within 48 hours
    • If the vehicle is still not compliant after 48 hours, you cannot put it back into operation.
      If such is the case, you must have the vehicle towed or obtain a temporary registration certificate in order to operate your vehicle.
  3. Once the defect has been repaired, you must make an appointment with a road vehicle inspection agent so that the agent can verify that the defect has been repaired
  4. If the vehicle is deemed compliant, the road vehicle inspection agent:
    • affixes an inspection sticker on the vehicle
    • gives you:
      • a valid mechanical inspection certificate
      • a mechanical inspection report

Vehicle with a major defect

The vehicle is immediately prohibited from road use. If you operate it anyway, you face a fine.

In order to have the vehicle repaired so that you can operate it once again, you can:

  • have it towed
  • have it repaired immediately by the road vehicle inspection agent, if the agent provides repair services

If you do not repair the vehicle, or if it cannot be repaired, you cannot put it back into operation. You must either store or discard it.

  1. Once the defect has been repaired, you must make an appointment with a road vehicle inspection agent so that the agent can check the repairs
  2. If the vehicle is deemed compliant, the road vehicle inspection agent:
    • affixes an inspection sticker on the vehicle
    • gives you:
      • a valid mechanical inspection certificate
      • a mechanical inspection report

Helpful tips

  • Respect the specified timeframe and, if necessary, insist on having the mechanic make the repairs in time.
  • Keep a copy of the mechanical inspection certificate in the vehicle.
  • A vehicle that has been stored for more than 12 months, or that has been discarded, can be put back into operation provided it first undergoes a mechanical inspection.
  • If you store or discard your vehicle, notify us as soon as possible in order to be reimbursed for any overpayment of fees and contributions.