Register motor vehicle testing station

What you should do
How long does it take
How much does it cost
Forms to complete
Who to contact



About registering a motor vehicle testing station (VTS)

A VTS is a centre that tests motor vehicles fitness for use on the South African public roads. If the vehicle passes the test, certificate of roadworthiness will be issued.

To register a vehicle testing station (VTS), you must write an affidavit or an affirmation stating the reasons for registration and submit it to the MEC.

The affidavit or affirmation contemplated must contain:

  • The particulars of every person, or the members or directors of every juristic person in whose name such testing station shall be registered in the event that such application is approved;
  • The exact location of the proposed testing station;
  • The grade of testing station to be operated (Grad A testing station is authorised to examine and test a motor vehicle of any class for roadworthiness, and Grade B testing station is authorised to examine and test a motor vehicle of any class excluding a bus, minibus or vehicle exceeding 3500kg); and
  • all matters relevant to the consideration of the suitability of such application, addressed in the agreement to be concluded between the MEC and a testing station proprietor as proposed in Schedule 3 of the National Road Traffic Act.

Once received, the MEC will consider your application.

If your application is approved, the following must be met:

The examination and testing of a motor vehicle at the testing station as required in code of practice SABS 047 "The testing of motor vehicles for roadworthiness".

What you should do
  1. Go to your provincial administration
  2. Complete application form TS1.
  3. Submit the following:
    • declaration document
    • particulars of the members or directors
    • the exact location of the station
    • the grade of the station
    • your identification document (ID).
  4. Pay the prescribed fee.

Note: You may be required to submit documents as required by the MEC.

How long does it take

It may take six months to process your application.

How much does it cost

Contact your local licensing office for the cost.

Forms to complete

Application and notice in respect of registration as testing station, TS1 is available from the provincial administration or on the eNaTIS website.

Who to contact

Provincial departments of transport

  1. Eastern Cape
  2. Free State
  3. Gauteng
  4. KwaZulu-Natal
  5. Limpopo
  6. Mpumalanga
  7. Northern Cape
  8. North West
  9. Western Cape