How to pass Fahas or MVPI test?

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

Fahas for New Cars

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

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.

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 for oil leakage spots.

car wash for fahas

Car Number Plate is legible

Most of the Fahas rejections these days are due to illegible car number plates. Make sure that not even a single-digit or alphabet in your car number plate is wiped out. If something is committed, you can go to any car decoration store to repaint it.

Car Number Plate is visible

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.

MVPI location in Dammam

Fahas timing

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

  • Sunday to Thursday: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.
  • Saturday: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.
  • Friday: Off Day.

Fahas Timing during Ramadan

The timing for Fahas from Saturday to Thursday during the month of Ramadan would be;

  • 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.
  • 9:00 pm to 3:00 am.
  • Friday: Off Day.

Fahas TimingRequired Documents

Now take your vehicle to the 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 different vehicles is the following;

  • Small Vehicles – SR 73, re-inspection fee is SR 24.
  • Small Truck – SR 96, re-inspection fee is SR 29.
  • Medium Bus – SR 141, re-inspection fee is SR 42.
  • Large Truck – SR 205, re-inspection fee is SR 62
  • Motor Cycle – SR 35, 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

After passing the MVPI test, you can check the Fahas validity online in KSA through the Absher account.

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.