How to pass Fahas or MVPI test?

In order to pass Fahas, you need to visit your nearest motor vehicle periodic inspection (MVPI) center. In this article, we have explained the procedure to get Fahas and shared the location, timings and working hours of MVPI Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, and Khobar.

Fahas or MVPI stands for Motor Vehicle Periodic Inspection which is a requirement to drive a vehicle on roads in Saudi Arabia.

Check Fahas validity

You can check the Fahas validity by looking at the expiry date on the MVPI certificate or by looking at the sticker placed on the windshield of your car.

As per article 26 of traffic rules, the motor vehicle periodic inspection or Fahas for brand new cars is required after 3 years of registration.

Although Saudi Arabia has modernized and made many things online by launching public portals but as of today, there is no way to check Fahas validity or MVPI status online.

How to pass the Fahas or MVPI Test?

Wash your vehicle

Before going to the MVPI center, you should wash your vehicle. Special attention should be given to wash the vehicle from beneath. Make sure you wash out all oil leakage spots.

car wash for fahas

Locate the Center

Locate the nearest MVPI center to perform Fahas in your city. We have shared the locations of some of the motor vehicle periodic inspection centers in major cities of Saudi Arabia.

It is important to mention here that the Fahas or MVPI Jeddah situated on the intersection of Hira Street and Prince Metab Street has closed down. The location shared above is the new location of MVPI Jeddah.

MVPI location in Dammam

MVPI timing

The working hours or timings of the MVPI test center vary on weekdays and weekends. 

  • The timings of the Fahas center from Sunday to Thursday: 7:00 am to 4:15 pm
  • The working hours of the MVPI center on Saturday: 7:00 am to 2:15 pm

mvpi Jeddah timing

Required Documents

Now take your vehicle to motor vehicle periodic inspection center you have located. Upon your turn, you will have to present the following documents;

You cannot assign anyone else to do the job as only the owner of the car can do it.

Fahas Fee

  • The Fahas fee for Small Vehicles is SR 73 and the re-inspection fee is SR 24
  • The MVPI fee for Small Bus or Small Truck is SR 96 and the re-inspection fee is SR 29
  • The Fahas fee for Medium Bus or Medium Truck is SR 141 and the re-inspection fee is SR 42
  • The MVPI fee for Large Bus or Large Truck is SR 205 and the re-inspection fee is SR 62
  • The Fahas fee for Motor Cycle is SR 35 and the re-inspection fee is SR 12

Fahas Fee

Vehicle Inspection Area

Now you will go towards the vehicle inspection area. Here the staff of the inspection center will ask you to get out of the vehicle and the 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.
  • The next step is to go to the Technical Support Center of the Inspection Center.

motor vehicle periodic inspection area

Passing the test

If your vehicle clears the test, a sticker will be placed on your car. You can get the Fahas certificate from the person sitting in the technical support center and leave the place.

Fahas sticker

The Reason for Failure

If your vehicle does not clear the MVPI test, the official will give you a paper (shown below) and circle all the reasons which caused the rejection. Just take the paper and come out of the vehicle inspection center.

reason for failure of motor vehicle periodic inspection mvpi

Re-Inspection

Now take the vehicle along with the rejection paper to any mechanic and get your car fixed.

You can go back by paying the re-inspection fee within two weeks of the initial rejection. They will test only those parts which they have highlighted while re-inspecting the vehicle.

motor vehicle periodic inspection

The fine for an expired Fahas

If a traffic police officer catches you with an expired Fahas, he may charge SR 150 fine.

Fine for expired Fahas

Useful Tips to pass Fahas

Some people suggest that it is better to go to a mechanic first before going for the Fahas test. Well, if your objective is just to pass the MVPI test, don’t do it.

Your mechanic will change even those parts of your vehicle which are not required to be on the safe side. It will obviously cost you a lot. Do what I have suggested to you in the above paragraphs to fix the issue.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.