The Motor Vehicle Inspection System is upon us. That means you'll have to undergo yearly checks to be able to register your car for the new year. There have been mixed reactions about it, namely the frequency of the test. Some suggest that it be valid for a longer time to lessen ownership costs for the motorist.

However, there are some exceptions to the annual inspections. Brand-new private cars, new diplomatic, and new government vehicles don't have to undergo the test yearly. These vehicles are also exempt from the initial inspection. After all, these vehicles just rolled off the assembly line, so there shouldn't be any defects or worn parts that need replacing.

For the vehicles mentioned, the first MVIS test will be performed three years after purchase. That's according to LTO's Memorandum Circular No. 2020-2240, Section 4.2. That said, it doesn't mean newly-purchased cars undergo the inspection every three years after that. Once it goes beyond three years old, it will have to be checked annually.

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This ruling puts it in line with LTO's Administrative Order No. 010-2005 and Memorandum Circular No. 572-2005. These Orders and Circulars refer to a brand-new vehicle's initial registration being valid for three years. That also means you don't have to head to your nearest LTO office for the time being.

There are a few things, however, that you have to keep in mind. If you're importing a car over three years old, it must undergo initial inspection first to deem it safe for the road. After that, it's the annual check for its registration renewal. The same rule applies to newly re-built cars.

Unless you can buy a new car every three years, we're all bound to cough up extra cash for MVIS. But say what you want about it, a roadworthiness check is something that's needed here. And if you're saying, “what about the PUVs?”, don't worry. The tests are more stringent, and more frequent, for them.

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