Motor Vehicle Inspection System LTO MVIS; fees and facts

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about the MVIS and MVIC that the public particularly drivers and motorist should know.


What are MVIS and MVIC?

The Motor Vehicle Inspection System or MVIS is the system that is followed to determine if a vehicle is “roadworthy” or not.

On the other hand, MVIC or the Motor Vehicle Inspection Center is a facility that is responsible for performing a computerized and automated inspection of vehicles. It examines if it is following the emission standards as well as if it is roadworthy. We all know that expecting the vehicle is very important for avoiding accidents and crashes. MVIC will give a certification if you pass the test and this certificate is a requirement used for vehicle registration on Land Transportation Office (LTO).

What are its benefits compared to the old emission testing system? Is MVIS different from MVIC? If yes, what is the difference?

In emission testing, only smoke emissions from the vehicle exhaust are measured so the fee is between P450.00-P500.00. At the Motor Vehicle Inspection Center (MVIC), in addition to examining emission standards, 67 other tests are being conducted to determine if the vehicle is safe or roadworthy.

MVIS is different from PMVIC. The MVIS or Motor Vehicle Inspection System is the very system or method of inspection if the vehicle is roadworthy and passes the emission test before it can obtain vehicle registration. Meanwhile, the private MVIC is the facility or place where the vehicle inspection is conducted.

How much is the fee charged to PMVIC? Good for how many months? What is covered by it?

1. Motor Vehicle with Gross Vehicle Weight =< 4500 kg

* Inspection Fee: P1,500.00 – P1,800.00

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* Re-inspection Fee: P750.00

2. Motorcycle/Tricycle

* Inspection Fee: P600.00

* Re-inspection Fee: P300.00

3. Jeepney and other vehicles “for hire”

* Inspection Fee: P300.00

* Re-inspection Fee: P150.00

The vehicles are subject to 68 types of inspection. Through three levels of inspection the vehicle is evaluated as follows: –

  • Stage 1 or Visual Inspection where 32 parts are inspected on the outside and surface of the vehicle; 29 parts inside and under the vehicle, and the Emission Test; –
  • Stage 2 or Machine Tests which conduct Alignment Test, Suspension Test, Brake Test, and Speedometer Test; –
  • Stage 3 or Machine Tests where Sound Level Test and Headlight Test are conducted

The validity of the ‘passed’ test result from MVIC is one (1) year, in conjunction with the validity of the registration. This means that before registering a vehicle each year, the vehicle must undergo a PMVIC inspection.

The inspection fee was based on the recommendation of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center at a meeting when the Duterte administration first entered. According to PPP, this is the suggested reasonable range of fees to recover the investors in 3-5 years. But, it is currently being discussed whether it will be reduced because the government knows that there is a lot of suffering due to the pandemic.

How many operational MVICs are there in the country?

In the DOTr-LTO Memorandum Circular 2019-009, “Revised Guidelines for the Authorization of Private Motor Vehicle Inspection Center (PMVIC).” dated 13 March 2019, stated that there is 138 number of identified sites to be built by MVIC nationwide. Of that number, 115 MVIC sites have already been awarded to private companies. Meanwhile, of the remaining 23 sites, 13 are for re-opening, 6 are for re-publication, and 4 are for re-evaluation. Of the 115 awarded sites, 24 private MVICs have been given authorization and provisional certificates to operate

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Source: LTO

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