IVA – (Individual Vehicle Approval)

IVA is a UK National approval scheme for vehicles and trailers imported, assembled or manufactured in very small numbers or as individual vehicles e.g. amateur built cars, bespoke trailers etc. It is a means of checking that vehicles broadly meet the technical requirements laid out in European legislation, ensuring that they have been designed and constructed to modern safety and environmental standards.

IVA involves a physical inspection of each individual vehicle requiring approval at a Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) site in Great Britain. Satisfactory completion of an inspection results in the issue of an Approval certificate.

What are the benefits and why do we need IVA?

Vehicles submitted for IVA inspections need to demonstrate that they generally comply with the technical provisions of Directive 2007/46/EC. The IVA scheme checks that vehicles constructed for non-European markets comply with UK law. Even vehicles which appear outwardly similar to European specification models, but are intended for other markets, can often prove unsuitable for use in the United Kingdom without at least some modification. The scheme ensures that these vehicles have been designed and constructed to modern safety and environmental standards and helps make sure that they are safer on the road and have a lower impact on the environment.

Which vehicles will be affected by IVA?

Passenger cars & light goods vehicles

Larger passenger vehicles

Medium to heavy sized goods vehicles


Test fees

The application cost is £199.00

Documents required

Original Japanese export certificate (D reg)

VIN number (you can find this sticker located on the inside of the passenger door)

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