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Registration – Malta

Updated : 21/01/2013

Formalities and documents

Car registration and taxes

How often must vehicles undergo roadworthiness tests in Malta?

Passenger cars:

- 4 years after first registration

- thereafter, every 2 years

Midibuses, minibuses, vans, taxis, ambulances, chauffeur-driven vehicles (g.v.w. < 3 500kg); buses, coaches and vans, lorries, semi-trailers and towed vehicles (g.v.w. ³ 3 500kg):

- 1 year after first registration

- thereafter, annually

Commercial vehicles, trailers, semi-trailers and other towed vehicles, self-drive vehicles (g.v.w. < 3 500kg):

- 2 years after first registration

- thereafter, every 2 years

Lorries (g.v.w. ³ 3 500kg, imported used):

- on 1st registration in Malta, a vehicle must be accompanied by a local VRT passed test certificate or equivalent (based on Directive 96/96/EC) issued by any competent national authority in the EEA.

– thereafter, it must be tested annually.

Must a roadworthiness test be conducted each time a vehicle changes owners?


Do the Maltese authorities require a roadworthiness test when a new resident from another EU/EFTA country registers their car?


What does a roadworthiness test in Malta typically consist of?

Malta uses the same test standards as the UK. See UK testers' manual.

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