Fahes Vehicle Inspection in Qatar: Complete Guide (2024)

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Registered vehicles in Qatar must undergo an annual inspection at an authorized testing centre. This needs to be done every year for private passenger cars and smaller vehicles after the first three years.

If you’re a driver in Qatar, it’s important to ensure your vehicle meets the technical and legal requirements set by Traffic Department. You can only renew your vehicle registration (Istimara) after you have passed this vehicle inspection.

This article will discuss everything you need to know about Fahes Vehicle Inspection in Qatar.

UPDATE: Appointments are required at three stations

Fahes vehicle inspection at the following stations can be done only through booking on the Woqod mobile app:

  • Mesaimeer
  • Wadi Al Banat
  • Al Wakra

The booking system will ensure that customers do not cause traffic jams or wait in long queues at entrances to these stations. All other stations will continue to offer inspection on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What is Fahes in Qatar?

WOQOD Vehicles Inspection (FAHES) is the only licensed organization in Qatar that conducts vehicle inspections, including those of light and heavy vehicles and heavy construction equipment.

Their technical inspections follow the standards agreed upon by the Traffic Department of the Ministry of Interior (MOI) and the General Committee of Standardization and Metrology (GCSM). Fahes inspection service ensures that all vehicles follow the approved standards for road traffic safety and pollution control.

If you are wondering what Fahes means, it is an Arabic word that can be loosely translated as “investigation or examination”.

When To Do Fahes Inspection

For private passenger cars, you do not have to do the inspection for the first three years. Once the vehicle is three years old, you must do an annual inspection before renewing the registration.

Vehicle TypeInspection Frequency
Private Passenger CarsEvery year after three years old
Private Transport of less than 3000kg (Individual owner)Every year after three years old
Private Transport of less than 3000kg (Company owned)Every year from the first registration
Private Transport/Trailers of more than 3000kgEvery year from the first registration
Taxis, Rental cars and MotorcyclesEvery year from the first registration
Fahes Inspection Frequency

How To Do Fahes Inspection in Qatar

Before you take your vehicle for an annual inspection, you must ensure it is in good condition. You can follow the below checklist, which will ensure that the chances of failure are very less:

Fahes Requirements: Checklist for Inspection

General Instructions

  • Clean off the dirt from your vehicle, especially the area under the chassis. Taking the vehicle for a full body wash would be a good idea.
  • Remove valuables and insecure loads.

External Body Parts

  • Make sure the following are in safe working condition: Brake Lights, Doors, Door Handles, Fire Extinguishers, Fuel Caps, Headlights, Hoods, Horn, Indicator Lights, License Plates, Mirrors, Mud Guards, Safety Belts, Seats, Spare Tires, Steering, Sun Visors, Tires, Wheel fixings, Windows, and Wipers.

Technical / Internal Parts

  • Check these internal parts (consult with a mechanic if needed): Anti-skid Brake System (ABS), Accelerators, Air Bags, Batteries, Brakes, Drive Shafts, Electrical Wires, Engine, Exhaust Systems, Fuel Systems, Oil Leaks, Shock Absorbers, Suspension, and Transmissions.

Legal Requirements

  • All physical modifications and alterations must be approved by the Traffic Department.
  • Additional tinting to windows (cooling film) needs Traffic Department approval.
  • Excessive damage to paint, bodywork or bumpers can fail legal inspection.
  • Exhaust emissions (CO and HC) must meet the minimum legal requirement.
  • A vehicle with advertising, aftermarket graphics, stickers or stripes will need official written approval from the Doha Municipality to pass the legal inspection.

Fahes Fees

The price for Fahes inspection is as below:

Vehicle TypeInspection Fee
Private Passenger CarQR 150
Light Vehicle (Taxi, Private & Public Transport less than 3000kg)QR 160
MotorcycleQR 100
Heavy Vehicle (Private & Public Transport of more than 3000kg)QR 250
Trailer, Semi Trailer, Heavy Equipment (For and Not For Road Use)QR 300
Fees for Fahes Vehicle Inspection

Documents Required for Fahes Inspection

For the vehicle’s periodical inspection, you only need:

  1. The vehicle’s Istimara (registration card), and
  2. A debit/credit card for payment

Fahes Vehicles Inspection Process

You can visit any Fahes station in Qatar to complete your vehicle inspection.

Step 1: Pay the fee and register your vehicle

Once you enter the premises, you will be directed to the registration booth. Upon reaching the booth, hand over your Istimara and debit/credit card for payment. You may be asked for a mobile number to send the inspection report by SMS. Collect the customer receipt and inspector copy from the booth.

Note: Paying with a debit/credit card is the only option since cash is not accepted.

Registering For Fahes Vehicle Inspection
Registering the vehicle for inspection

Step 2: Queue up for the inspection

Drive slowly and carefully into the inspection lane. Stop at the first test stage. Wait for the staff signal to move ahead.

Queuing up for Fahes inspection
Queuing up for vehicle inspection

Step 3: Follow the directions for the inspection

Follow the directions from the service staff. At the first test stage, the staff will ask you to apply the breaks, turn on the lights, turn on indicators etc. They will also inspect the external body, doors, tires, horn, viper, exhaust emission etc. Then you will be asked to drive slowly to the next stage.

At the second stop, the staff will do the technical inspection and check internal parts including below the chassis. They may ask you to step out of the car if needed. Once done, they will ask you to drive away slowly. The whole process will take less than 10 minutes.

Fahes Vehicle Inspection Process
Vehicle inspection process

Step 4: Wait for the SMS with the result link

Once you are out of the inspection lane, you can park outside and wait for the SMS. Within a few minutes of the inspection, you will receive an SMS with a link to the results.

Most stations have a Traffic Dept. office inside their premises. If the vehicle inspection results are PASS, you can pay for your insurance renewal and renew your vehicle registration at the Traffic office on the same day.

Remember that sometimes the Traffic Dept service may close earlier than the inspection service. You can also do the renewal at any Traffic Department office in the following days or online through the Metrash2 mobile app.

Insurance service at Fahes is usually from Qatar Insurance Company. If you want to go with another insurance company, you can renew online also. In either case, the vehicle insurance should be renewed before the renewal of Istimara.

How To Check Fahes Report Online

You can click the link on the SMS or check directly on the Fahes website.

Step 1: Go to Fahes website

Here is the link to Fahes website.

Step 2: Click on “Online Report Search”

The button is located on the top menu. You will see a page as shown below.

How to check Fahes report online

Step 3: Enter your plate number, select plate type and enter your QID number

Step 4: Type the captcha code and click on the “Search” button

You can see the full report with all details. This report will be visible for one year from the inspection or until the next inspection.

What To Do If Vehicle Fails Fahes Inspection

If your vehicle fails the first inspection, you need to rectify the reason for failure, which will be mentioned in your report. In case of any query, you can check with the station supervisor.

For technical issues, seek the assistance of a professional mechanic. If repairs are needed for the vehicle body (like fixing dents, re-painting etc.), you need to get a paper from the Traffic Department. The garage cannot fix the vehicle body without this paper.

It is important to correct these faults, no matter how small or major. You must once again have your vehicle inspected after you have corrected the faults so that they can recheck the vehicle and provide you with a new report. After re-inspection, you will receive a “PASS” report. Vehicle registrations can be renewed only if the report has been passed.

Cost for Re-inspection

The first re-inspection will be free of cost. However, if your re-inspection fails, you must do a paid inspection. The following inspections will follow the pattern of one paid and one free if they are within 30 days of the main inspection.

Fahes Inspection Report Validity

The inspection report is valid for 30 days from the inspection. The registration renewal must be completed within 30 days from the pass report date/registration validity.

If a vehicle does not pass within 30 days of the first main inspection, all previous reports and repairs will be ignored, and a new fresh main inspection will be performed, checking every item again.

Common Reasons for Fahes Inspection Failure

Below are the common reasons for failure during vehicle inspection:

  • Paint faded (often due to parking under the sun)
  • Tyre erosion
  • Break lights / Indicator lights not working
  • Viper erosion
  • Sunfilm tint without permission or more than allowed
  • Excessive dents

There may be many other reasons for failure. Make sure you refer to the inspection checklist given above.

How To Book Fahes Appointment Online

To book an inspection online using the Fahes app, follow the below steps:

Step 1: Download Woqod mobile app

Note that Fahes do not have a separate app. You can download the Woqod mobile app from the Play Store or App Store.

Step 2: Click on “Fahes”

Step 3: Click on “Book Vehicle Inspection”

How to book Fahes vehicle inspection online
Steps To Book Fahes Vehicle Inspection Through App

Step 4: Enter your details

Select the customer type, enter QID, mobile number, email, and car plate and select plate type.

Step 5: Select the station, and confirm the date and time of their booking. 

Currently, you can choose Mesaimeer, Wadi Al Banat or Wakra.

Step 6: You will receive a confirmation message

You can go to the station as per the appointment date and time.

Fahes for Motorcycle

Fahes inspection for motorcycles should be done every year after registration. The fee is QR 100 per inspection.

Other Services at Fahes Stations

The following services are also offered at the stations:

  • ​Static weighing scale
  • VIN stamping & VIN marking
  • Tanker capacity certificate
  • Water tanker inspection
  • External inspection of heavy equipment vehicles

Fahes Regular Timing

Below are the regular timings for Fahes stations (For Ramadan timing, please check above)

Fahes BranchWorking DaysTimingGate Closes
Al Mazrooah (Umm Salal)Sun-Thu6:00 am to 6:00 pm5:45 pm
Mesaimeer (Abu Hamour) – With Appointment OnlySun-Thu6:00 am to 6:00 pm5:30 pm
Wadi Al Banat (Duhail) – With Appointment OnlySun-Thu6:00 am to 6:00 pm5:30 pm
Al Wakra – With Appointment OnlySun-Thu6:00 am to 6:00 pm5:45 pm
Al WukairSun-Thu6:00 am to 6:00 pm5:45 pm
Al ShahaniyaSun-Thu6:00 am to 6:00 pm5:45 pm
Al Egda (Al Khor)Sun-Thu 6:00 am to 6:00 pm5:45 pm
Industrial AreaSun-Thu 6:00 am to 6:00 pm5:45 pm
Al Shamal (Madinat Al Shamal) – Mobile StationWed-Thu7:00 am to 2:00 pm1:45 pm
Fahes Locations and Timing

Read Next: How To Do Istimara Renewal Online

FAQ On Fahes Testing in Qatar

How can I check the Fahes vehicle inspection report?

Once your vehicle inspection is completed, you will receive an SMS with the link to your report. You can also check online on the Fahes website.

Should I do a re-inspection for minor defects in Fahes report?

If the overall result is PASS for the technical and legal sections, you do not need a re-inspection. However, it is advised to fix these faults later for your safety.

When is the best time for Fahes inspection?

Fahes recommends doing vehicle inspections during the middle of the week and mid-month, between 12 pm and 3 pm, as the stations are less busy during these hours.

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  1. Hi,
    My Fahes inspection report shows Legal failed – Major due to Faded number/License plate. How to get License plate changed/corrected. Can you please advise?

  2. Hi,
    I tested my vehicle and failed with One Technical Major (Inoperative Dim light) and Two Legal Minor ( Body dent & Faded license plate) .
    Result :
    Technical – Failed
    Legal : Passed
    Should I fix the Legal Minor issue at this time, since the legal is passed?

    1. Hi, we have a major severity called “Vin -Stamping Modified”. We have no clue what this is because it passed Fahes last year? What do we do?

      1. Doha Guides Team

        Hi Jason, VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is a unique number for heavy vehicles. Normally you can change VIN only with approval from the Traffic Department. If you are sure you haven’t changed the VIN recently you should check with the Supervisor at Fahes. He will advise you on what to do.

  3. Hi,
    I had the test and failed first time with 2 technical minor (Dimming lights and oil leak) and 2 legal major (Paint and Tinted), I fixed the major 2 already. should I also fix the minor issues?
    in over all result,
    Technical evaluation : Passed.
    Legal requirements : Failed

  4. Hi there, I have failed the inspection because of 2 major faults (front wheels aged) and 2 minor ( rear wheels cracked). Should I fix only the major fault (replace front wheels) or both major and minor faults and replace all the wheels? Thank you

  5. My car inspection failed due to faded paint.
    Can you explain to me the process to get this fixed for a re-inspection?
    Thank you

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Matt, You need to get that part repainted and do the test again. You may need to get a letter from Traffic Department to get the paint work done. Show your test result to Traffic Department officials and they will issue a letter. You can give that letter to any workshop for repainting. You can check with a workshop before getting the letter.

  6. My first imspection failed from Wukair and I repaired all, so the re inspection has to be done at the same fahes centre wukair or I can go other fahes centre?

  7. Hi, is the vehicle inspection date or vehicle or vehicle registration date used as next years re-inspection date please.

  8. Good day. I failed the inspection and have my car repaired. Do I need to make online appointment for re-inspection?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jess, The re-inspection process is the same as you did the first inspection. For places such as Mesaimeer you will need online appointment through Woqood app.

  9. Hi,

    It has come to my attention that when purchasing my car my inspection was up to date but as I was a first-time buyer I did not realise I had to also renew the vehicle registration card as I was not informed. The car was transferred to me but just did not renew the card. My expiry date for my car is not until August 2023 but can I still complete all my checks with the vehicle registration card I have? or will I need to go to the traffic office for a new one and will I recive fines. Thank you

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Natasha, If the istimara (vehicle registration card) is not under your name, go to Traffic Department and get a new one under your name. Most probably there won’t be any fine.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Hitesh, If it is very minor like scratch on the walls, it would pass. But if it seems like an accident, it may not be approved. Depends on the Fahes staff who does inspection.

  10. Hello, my vehicle permit will expire soon but I am not in Qatar during the expiry date. Can I inspect my vehicle before the expiry date or is it better to inspect it after I return to Qatar? Many thanks for your time.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ken, You can renew your Istimara within 30 days after expiry. If you want you can do the Fahes test and renew Istimara before you travel.

  11. Assalamu alaikum sir, i was speeding in the speed braker 2weeks ago, there is a noise in the wheels when we pass speed brakers, i just want to diagnisis what problem car has?
    Can i make a Fahes test and have an official report regarding this?
    Phone #50591702

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mohamed, If you go for Fahes inspection, you have to pay the fees and they may not give you the exact reason for this noise. Moreover you will fail the inspection if this is a serious issue. So please go to any garage and check.

  12. Sir I have mitsubishi mini bus yesterday I have fahes in alwakra and failed due to (tent on rear window glass Missing/ineffective…
    Sir what’s meaning this
    My window glass full white clear…Please confirm me

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Muhammad, Go to the same Fahes testing centre and show it to the staff supervisor (not the police). He will tell you what to do.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Muneer, VIN is Vehicle Identification Number – a unique number engraved to identify a vehicle.