You must apply for vehicle approval if you’ve:
- built a vehicle
- rebuilt a vehicle
- radically altered a vehicle
- reconstructed a classic vehicle
- imported a vehicle
Get a vehicle approved
You can get a single vehicle or small number of vehicles approved through:
- Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA)
- Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval (MSVA) if you’re making or importing a single 2, 3 or smaller 4-wheeled vehicle
- Mutual Recognition scheme if you’re importing a vehicle that’s been approved and registered in the EU
Most vehicle approval tests are suspended because of coronavirus (COVID-19). You can apply for a priority IVA inspection for eligible vehicles while tests are suspended. You can still apply for non-priority IVA inspections and MSVA inspections. These will take place when tests restart.
You can no longer apply for a Pre-Registration Inspection (PRI). You must get your vehicle approved instead.
Vehicle type approval
It’s also possible to get approval for a type of vehicle, rather than each individual vehicle.
Only the vehicle manufacturer or their authorised representative can apply for this.
European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approvals (ECWVTA) issued by the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) are still valid for sale and registration in the UK and the EU.
From 1 January 2021, manufacturers or their representatives will need to apply for provisional UK vehicle type approval to sell or register vehicles in the UK.
Contact the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if you need help with IVA or MSVA.
Contact the VCA if you need help or information about:
- provisional approval
- European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWVTA)
- European Community Small Series Type Approval (ECSSTA)
- Mutual Recognition scheme