From Monday 2nd October 2017, there will be a new look to the NCT certificate and disc.

The NCTS certificate (see image below) will be light green and yellow and enhanced with a number of new additional security features. 

Please note that the yellow/brown certificate will still be valid until they expire which is when the vehicle will be due for its next NCT. Enforcement is the responsibility of An Garda Síochána who can access NCT records and verify certificates.




Applus Car Testing Service was awarded the Go Best Service Award for the operation of the National Car Testing Service (NCTS) at the recent Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards held in Dublin.

The GO Awards Ireland are open to public, private and third sector organisations across the Republic and Northern Ireland and showcases the very best that public sector procurement has to offer. Spokesperson for Applus, Sinead McKeon said, “We are extremely proud to receive this prestigious award which highlights excellence in our customer service. Winning this award recognises and acknowledges the hard work that all our staff put into constantly improving the service which we provide to over 2 million members of the public every year”



New customer service enhancements are being introduced at the National Car Testing Service from 28th July 2014


  • Voluntary Early Testing of Vehicles

Vehicle owners who wish to present their vehicle for inspection earlier than 90 days before their NCT due date will now be allowed to do so.

Where this happens the vehicle will receive a 2 year (or 1 year depending on the age of the vehicle) certificate duration from the date it passes the test.

Vehicles presenting for their first NCT at 4 years will be subject to the same rules as any other aged vehicles. Note this is a change from the rule which allowed vehicles presenting for their first test at 4 years to be presented up to 6 months (180 days) early.

Vehicles presenting for an NCT younger than 2 years can be tested (these vehicles will not receive a certificate but will receive a vehicle inspection report) and their next NCT due date will remain the 4th anniversary of the first date of registration.

Vehicles aged between 2 and 4 years will receive a certificate valid for 2 years to the anniversary of the successful test, if tested more than 90 days in advance of the 4th anniversary of first registration.

Vehicles tested on-time (i.e. within 90 days of the test due date) or late remain unaffected by this change.

The NCT test has made a significant contribution to Ireland’s road safety. Voluntary early testing will further improve the safety of Irish roads by encouraging car owners and the motor trade to test their vehicles more often – this may be of particular benefit to buyers of second hand cars. In addition, voluntary early testing will help spread demand for tests throughout the year.

Where a vehicle has already undergone a voluntary early test and the test due date has been reset, if this vehicle passes the test within 90 days of the 10th anniversary of first registration, a certificate valid to the 11th anniversary will be issued, and the test due date will be reset to the anniversary of first registration.

  • Odometer Readings Printing and Verification by the Presenter

Odometer Readings captured after July 28th, 2014 will be printed on the NCT Certificate. Up to a maximum of 3 previous readings can be printed on the Certificate.

This is being introduced as an aid to consumer protection.


  • Management System for Test Centre Bookings

Customers wishing to have a full test conducted in a vehicle without a pre-arranged appointment must be a member of the NCT Trade Scheme or provide other identification as specified by the Authority.

After July 28th, only a Trade Fob or a Driving Licence will be deemed as acceptable forms of identification in order to receive a short notice booking made in the test centre.

This measure is being introduced to bring greater transparency to transactions carried out in the test centre.

The NCT Trade Scheme is for NCT purposes only. 




From early December 2014 driving a vehicle without a valid NCT will be a fixed charge offence attracting 3 penalty points.

You can have your vehicle tested ninety days before your test due date without affecting when your NCT would normally expire.

You can also opt for a Voluntary Early Test i.e.  get your vehicle tested more than 90 days in advance of the due date and get a certificate for 1 or 2 years from the date of the successful test (depending on the age of vehicle) .

For more information regarding the penalty points please refer to the Road Safety Authority or Penalty Points.

If your test is overdue then BOOK NOW

From 1 October 2013, if a vehicle is not going to be in use in a public place, a declaration must be made to your local motor tax office in advance of the vehicle being taken off the road if you wish to avoid the requirement to pay motor tax for the period of non-use.

  • The new arrangements will replace the system which allows owners to declare that a vehicle was off the road when seeking to tax a vehicle after a period when it has not been used on the public road.
  • Transitional arrangements are in place between 1 July 2013 and 30 September 2013 during which time both systems will operate.
  • On and from 1 October 2013, the existing arrangements where a person can go to a Garda Station and make a declaration that a vehicle was off the road will cease, and declarations regarding past periods of a vehicle being off the road can no longer be made.


Click here to download the RF150 document on declaring a vehicle off the road

Further details on these changes are available from your local motor tax office or click here for more information

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) would like to clarify a crucial point following RTE Prime Time programme about the NCT and suspension tests. 

See here for more information

Mr. Noel Brett, CEO RSA together with Mr. Pat O' Brien and Mr. Paul Hetherington of INAB formally presented Aisling McGuigan and Eamonn Power of NCTS with ISO 17020 certification.

The ISO 17020 standard is awarded to inspection bodies who demonstrate high levels of competence in the field of inspection, and the National Car Testing Service is the only inspection programme of its kind to be accredited to this standard. All aspects of the NCTS process were audited ranging from the independence, impartiality and integrity of the service to the quality systems in place, the inspection methods and procedures to the handling of inspection reports and certificates. The standard also focused on the efficiency of managing customers including the complaints and appeal process and premises.



From May 2012, failure to produce the required identification (driving licence/passport) will result in your vehicle not being issued an NCT certificate at the time of testing.


NCT certificates and discs containing the following serial numbers
•3711250 - 3711750
•3830751 -3831250
•D2635236 - D2635500

were stolen during a robbery at an NCT centre.

If you are purchasing a second hand vehicle we would urge that you please check the serial number on the NCT disc to ensure it is not stolen.

If you have any doubts regarding the validity of an NCT Certificate then please contact NCT on 014135994 and we will be quickly able to confirm the validity of the NCT certificate for you




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