Purpose of a technical visit and vehicles concerned
Service des Titres de Circulation
23, Avenue Albert II
MC 98014 MONACO CEDEX
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office :
(+377) 98 98 80 14
Fax : (+377) 98 98 40 36
Opening Hours : from 9.30am to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday
Vehicles must undergo technical visits (or technical inspections) to check that they are well-maintained and in good working order. Technical inspections are required on a regular basis for vehicles registered in Monaco and are also required when a vehicle is sold.
There is a fee associated with this service - please see STC - Tarifs 2020 en vigueur
Regular technical inspections
The frequency of technical inspections depends on the type of vehicle.
All private vehicles (passenger vehicles) must be presented for a technical inspection four years after the date the vehicle was first put on the road. Subsequent technical inspections must then be carried out every three years.
Private vehicles of more than 25 years old that are registered in the normal series are subject to technical visit each year.
Vehicles of more than 25 years old that are registered in the collection series are subject to technical inspections only before being registered in the aforesaid series.
Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), commercial vehicles with a total laden weight equal to three tonnes or more as well as medical transport vehicles are subject to annual inspections. They must be loaded when presented for inspection so that the brakes can be properly tested.
Taxis, chauffeur-driven vehicles and official city vehicles are subject to technical inspection before they are first put on the road in Monaco (with the exception of chauffeur-driven vehicles that less than one year old when first put into service), and then every year thereafter.
Vehicles used by driving schools are subject to annual inspections.
Public transport vehicles are subject to technical inspection before they are first put on the road in Monaco, and then at least every six months thereafter.
Two-wheeled and three-wheeled vehicles are not subject to technical inspection.
A letter will be sent to owners of vehicles registered in Monaco two months before the due date.
The technical inspection must be carried out within two months of the expiration date at the latest. The inspections are carried out by a Vehicle Testing Centre inspector.
Dispensation to have the technical inspection carried out in France (excluding the Alpes-Maritimes region) may be granted in certain cases.
If a technical inspection is not validated on the due date, a letter of formal notice prior to deregistration will be sent by recorded delivery with acknowledgement of receipt. This letter specifies the date by which the technical inspection must be validated, i.e. within two months of the due date. This letter will be sent even if an appointment is scheduled.
If the technical inspection is not validated within the specified time limit, the vehicle will be deregistered from the plate number database in the Principality of Monaco. This means that the car may no longer be driven and that the registration certificate and licence plates must be returned to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office.
Technical inspections in the context of a sale
An inspection may also be undertaken outside the statutory period, particularly in the event of the purchase or sale of a vehicle.
When a private car or a commercial vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of less than 3 tonnes (excluding trailers with a GVWR of less than 750 kg) that is more than four years old is sold in Monaco, the seller must present to the buyer a technical inspection report dated within the last six months. However, if the vehicle is subject to annual or six-monthly inspections, the seller must present an approved technical inspection report dated within the last 12 or six months, as appropriate.
For vehicles sold in France, inspections must be carried out in France.
- STC - Tarifs 2020 en vigueur 181 kB