Overview

You must apply for vehicle approval if you’ve:

Get a vehicle approved

You can get a single vehicle or small number of vehicles approved through:

Most vehicle approval tests are suspended until 22 June 2020 because of coronavirus (COVID-19). You can apply for a priority IVA inspection for eligible vehicles before 22 June 2020. You can still book non-priority IVA inspections, and MSVA inspections, for after 22 June 2020.

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.

Get help

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

VCA
enquiries@vca.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 330 5797
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