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If you are unable to obtain an appointment at your chosen Test Centre then please click here or contact our call centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your vehicle holds a valid NCT at all times


Applus+ Car Testing Service Ltd, is responsible for the operation of the compulsory vehicle inspection programme in Ireland. The primary aim of this programme which falls under the directive 2009/40/EC, is to improve road safety and enhance environmental protection by reducing harmful vehicles emissions in Ireland.

Applus+ operates this service on behalf of the Road Safety Authority and is committed to providing the highest standards in customer service, quality and test integrity. All of these elements are very important to the National Car Test and we take any feedback from the public or our staff very seriously. If you would like to report a concern regarding any aspect of the inspection process then please contact the relevant department by visiting our contact us page.

We are the only provider of the service nationwide and are totally independent of the motor industry, we do not engage in garage service and repair activities. When having your vehicle inspected by the NCTS you will receive a fair, uniform and impartial service.

 New NCT Certificate

From Monday 15 June 2015, there will be a new look to the NCT certificate and disc.

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Need to know when your vehicle is due for its NCT?

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