You cannot drive your vehicle if you don’t have valid Fahas or Motor Vehicle Periodic Inspection (MVPI) in Saudi Arabia. Motor Vehicles Periodic Inspection or Fahas (MVPI) is the road suitability certificate. Normally Saudi Traffic Police does not ask for the valid Fahas (MVPI) unless the condition of your vehicle is very pathetic. I have been driving an old model vehicle from last one year and I have never been asked about the Fahas (MVPI). Normally, people say that you need to renew Fahas (MVPI) of your vehicle only when you need to sell it or renew the vehicle registration (Istamara) in Saudi Arabia. In this article, I shall be sharing with you the procedure to pass Fahas (MVPI) in Saudi Arabia.
First of all, go to a service station and wash your vehicle. Special attention should be given to wash vehicle from beneath. It washes out small oil leakage spot.
Locate Office for Vehicle Inspection: Locate the office to conduct Fahas (MVPI) test in your city. If you are resident of Jeddah, vehicle inspection office is in Al Marwa dist. It is located at the intersection of Prince Metab Street and Hira Street. GPS Coordinates of this office are: 21.623202,39.194305
The timings of the MVPI office from Sunday to Thursday are 7:00 am to 4:15 pm and on Saturday from 7:00 am to 2:15 pm.
Now take your vehicle the inspection office you have located. There will be a long queue of the cars waiting for the inspection test and you will have to be in the queue.
Soon you will arrive at a drive through counter where you will be asked about the Istamara (Vehicle Registration), Driving License and Iqama. Don’t worry even if you don’t have previous Fahas (MVPI) certificate. You will have to pay Fee of SR 73 at this counter to pass the Fahas (MVPI).
Now you will go towards the vehicle inspection area. Here staff of the inspection office will ask you to get out of the vehicle and vehicle will go through the process of inspection. It is a manual inspection process and you would be able to see your vehicle at different stages.
Next step is to go to Technical Support Office of the Inspection Office. If your vehicle clears the test, a sticker will be placed on your car. You can just get the Fahas (MVPI) certificate from the officer sitting in technical support office and leave the place.
However, if your vehicle does not clear the test as it is expected. He will give you a paper and explain the problems in Arabic. Don’t worry if you don’t understand them. Just take the paper and come out of the vehicle inspection office.
Now you will have to locate some workshops, normally opened around the Inspection office. It will not take you a while to locate them. Just go there and show this paper to them. They know very well about the problem mentioned in the paper. Here is a test of your negotiation skills. They may ask you an amount which is 10 times more than the market rate for fixing the car. Just let them know that you will take rates from others as well. He will reduce the rates if you really pretend to leave the workshop. All of them give you guarantee that your vehicle will clear the Fahas (MVPI). Just tell them that you would not pay any money if MVPI is not passed.
Once the workshop man is done with the fixing of the vehicle, you can go back to the same queue and they will test only those parts which they have highlighted if you come back for the test anytime within two weeks from the first test. They will charge only SR 24 in the second attempt.
Useful Tips to pass Fahas (MVPI) in Saudi Arabia
Some people suggest that it is better to go to a mechanic first before going for the Fahas (MVPI) test. Well, if your objective is just to pass the Fahas (MVPI) test, don’t do it. Your mechanic will change even those parts in your vehicle which are not required to be on safe side. It will obviously cost you a lot. Do what I have suggested you in the above paragraphs.
I saw a traffic policeman checking the Iqama and Istamara (Vehicle Registration) of different vehicles. I was curious so asked another guy about the reason of checking all this. He told me that sometimes people send their younger brothers or friends with their vehicles to pass Fahas (MVPI) test. It is illegal to drive vehicle in Saudi Arabia without proper authorization. So, the police officer was checking this. We have covered the procedure of getting authorization in this link “Procedure to get Authorization to Drive Friend’s Car in Saudi Arabia”