An appointment to have your vehicle inspected must be made within 7 days of the vehicle entering the State in order to register and pay the VRT (and any other tax liabilities due on the vehicle). You must then complete the registration process within 30 days of arriving in the State.

An appointment for one of the designated NCT centres can be made through one of the following methods:

The actual cost of calls to the lo-call number varies depending on your phone company and calls made using mobile phones may be expensive. It is recommended that you only ring the above lo-call numbers from a landline.

Post: Vehicle Registration Tax Inspection, 3026 Lakedrive, Citywest Business Campus, Naas Road, Dublin 24

Confirmation of your appointment will then be sent to you either by SMS, e-mail or by post. Please ensure you have carry proof of your confirmed appointment with you when using your vehicle until the registration process is completed and the registration number is displayed on the vehicle.

Remember:

If you cancel or rearrange this confirmed appointment within five working days (Monday- Friday) of the test date (not including the day you contact NCTS), fail to show up for the test or fail to bring the required documentation with you, a €23.81 (inclusive of VAT) surcharge will be applied when the vehicle is next brought for testing.

Any queries relating to the cancellation fee may be made in writing to the Vehicle Registration Tax Inspection, Lakedrive 3026, Citywest Business Campus, Naas Road, Dublin 24.

Please be advised that if you do not complete your registration process within the 30 day period then an additional assessment of VRT maybe raised for the period the vehicle remained unregistered in the State. In this regard, you are advised to retain possession of the documentation relating to the shipping or storage of the vehicle where the date of the invoice is more than 30 days earlier than the date of registration. It should be noted that an unregistered vehicle may be detained or seized by Revenue Officials or by An Garda Siochana.

 

Only 25 of the current NCT centres will be conducting this service on behalf of the revenue commissioners.

  • Arklow
  • Blarney
  • Ballinasloe
  • Ballymount
  • Carlow
  • Carrick-on-Shannon
  • Donegal
  • Dundalk
  • Ennis
  • Enniscorthy
  • Galway
  • Greenhills
  • Kells
  • Kilkenny
  • Letterkenny
  • Limerick
  • Monaghan
  • Naas
  • Nenagh
  • Northpoint
  • Skibbereen
  • Sligo
  • Tralee
  • Tullamore
  • Waterford
  • Westport

New changes to registering a vehicle from January 2nd 2014

Be advised, in addition to the required documents mentioned below, a VRT Vehicle Purchase Details (VRTVPD) Form is now required to be completed by all persons wishing to register a vehicle

This form is a mandatory requirement and must be completed in full for each vehicle prior to arriving at the test centre for Registration. You will find a link to this form in the relevant section below.

Registering a vehicle

In order to register any vehicle, you must present proof of identity in the form of a driving licence or passport along with you PPS number and the other required documentation for the type of vehicle you are registering.

You must also be able to locate the chassis number for the vehicle inspector when presenting the vehicle for inspection.

If you are registering a vehicle on behalf of someone else please provide all the documents mentioned below and also ensure that you have your own drivers licence and the drivers licence or passport of the person who you are registering the vehicle for. Tan holders may have a copy of the drivers licence of the person to whom the vehicle is being registered to.

Your vehicle will fall under one of the following categories:
A) New Vehicle
B) Used Vehicle
C) Vintage Vehicle

New Vehicle:

  1. Please print and fill out the following Declaration Form for the Registration of a new Vehicle/ Motorcycle
  2. Please print and fill out the following Form VRTVPD2 for Private vehicles
  3. EU Whole Vehicle Type-Approval Certificate of Conformity or IVA NASSTA Certificate of Conformity (CoC) - where applicable, please provide an English translation of this document. (This document will be retained by NCTS so please ensure you make a copy of it before you go to the test centre). From 12 September 2016 a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) must be on the Revenue system before a new vehicle can be registered. Full details, including instructions on how to input and upload and an Explanation of Terms, are in the e-CoC Procedures Manual 
  4. Vehicle invoice which must have the date of purchase/sale clearly indicated. If registering the vehicle on behalf of another customer, you must provide a signed letter from the customer authorising that the vehicle can be registered in their name.
  5. Documentation verifying the new registered owner’s name and address. The following documents will only be accepted: P60, Bank/Financial Institution Statement, Credit Card Statement, Utility bill (Electricity, Gas, TV Service Provider eg SKY/UPC, Landline phone bill and Mobile Telephone (Bill pay only))Please note original documentation will only be accepted and must be no older than 6 months, e-statements will not be accepted.
  6. Personal Public Service (PPS) Number of the person in whose name the vehicle shall be registered to (Official documentation will only be accepted i.e Social Services Card, P60)
  7. For vehicles imported from Northern Ireland, where the invoice is dated more that 30 days earlier than the date the vehicle is presented for registration, details of where the vehicle was stored. For vehicles purchased in the EU, we require shipping details to confirm the date of arrival of the vehicle in the state. For vehicles outside the EU, we require the single administrative number and the date it was issued by customs at the point of entry to the EU.
  8. Where an exemption from VRT is claimed, the exemption certificate issued by Revenue

For TAN holders:

If you are registering a vehicle on behalf of someone else please provide all the documents mentioned below and also ensure that you have your own drivers licence and the drivers licence or passport of the person who you are registering the vehicle for. Tan holders may have a copy of the drivers licence of the person to whom the vehicle is being registered to.

  1. Where an authorised trader (TAN Holder), is registering a vehicle on behalf of a customer, he/she can now provide his/her own Revenue Customer Number or VAT number on company headed paper in place of the PPSN of the person in whose name the vehicle is being registered. The dealer must however, bring a photo copy of the customer’s utility bill along with a signed letter from the customer authorising that the vehicle can be registered in their name.
  2. Please print and fill out the following Form VRTVPD1 for TAN Holders Only and also ensure you bring the invoice for the vehicle with you on the day of the inspection
  3. The person presenting the vehicle will be asked to produce either their original drivers licence or their passport along with a copy of the birth certificate or the original Certificate of Conformity in the case of a new vehicle.
  4. You bring your completed Declaration for Registration of a new/ used vehicle form
  5. The VAT number should be provided on company headed paper.


All documents above are compulsory and the vehicle will not be registered unless they are all presented with the vehicle at registration.


Used Vehicle:

  1. Please print and fill out the following Declaration Form for the Registration of a used Vehicle/ Motorcycle
  2. Please print and fill out the following Form VRTVPD2 for Private vehicles
  3. Evidence of previous registration e.g. foreign certificate of registration, a certificate of permanent exportation or a certificate of de-registration in the case of a vehicle imported from outside the EU, as appropriate, if the car has been previously registered. (A Vehicle Salvage Certificate cannot be used to register a vehicle from 20th February 2012) If the car has not been previously registered a Certificate of Conformity is required (this document will be retained by NCTS so please ensure you make a copy of it before you go to the test centre). Please provide original documentation only.
  4. Vehicle invoice which must have the date of purchase/sale clearly indicated. If registering the vehicle on behalf of another customer, you must provide a signed letter from the customer authorising that the vehicle can be registered in their name.
  5. Documentation verifying the new registered owner’s name and address. The following documents will only be accepted: P60, Bank/Financial Institution Statement, Credit Card Statement, Utility bill (Electricity, Gas, TV Service Provider eg SKY/UPC, Landline phone bill and Mobile Telephone (Bill pay only))Please note original documentation will only be accepted and must be no older than 6 months, e-statements will not be accepted.
  6. Personal Public Service (PPS) Number of the person in whose name the vehicle shall be registered to (Official documentation will only be accepted i.e Social Services Card, P60)
  7. For vehicles imported from Northern Ireland, where the invoice is dated more that 30 days earlier than the date the vehicle is presented for registration, details of where the vehicle was stored. For vehicles purchased in the EU, we require shipping details to confirm the date of arrival of the vehicle in the state. For vehicles outside the EU, we require the single administrative number and the date it was issued by customs at the point of entry to the EU.
  8. Where an exemption from VRT is claimed, the exemption notification letter issued by Revenue.
  9. Documentation (as approved by the Revenue Commissioners) confirming the level of CO2 emissions of the vehicle at the time of manufacture (if this information is not on the foreign certificate of registration). Where evidence of the level of CO2 emissions of the vehicle at the time of manufacture is not available at registration VRT will be charged at the highest rate applicable.

 


For TAN holders:

If you are registering a vehicle on behalf of someone else please provide all the documents mentioned below and also ensure that you have your own drivers licence and the drivers licence or passport of the person who you are registering the vehicle for. Tan holders may have a copy of the drivers licence of the person to whom the vehicle is being registered to.

  1. Where an authorised trader (TAN Holder), is registering a vehicle on behalf of a customer, he/she can now provide his/her own Revenue Customer Number or VAT number on company headed paper in place of the PPSN of the person in whose name the vehicle is being registered. The dealer must however, bring a photo copy of the customer’s utility bill along with a signed letter from the customer authorising that the vehicle can be registered in their name.
  2. Please print and fill out the following Form VRTVPD1 for TAN holders only and also ensure you bring the invoice for the vehicle with you on the day of the inspection
  3. The person presenting the vehicle will be asked to produce either their original drivers licence or their passport along with a copy of the birth certificate or the original Certificate of Conformity in the case of a new vehicle.
  4. For used vehicles, you must provide evidence of previous registration e.g. foreign certificate of registration (please bring an English translation of this document and also note it will be retained by the test centre so ensure you keep a copy of it).
  5. You bring your completed Declaration for Registration of a new/ used vehicle form


All documents above are compulsory and the vehicle will not be registered unless they are all presented with the vehicle at registration.

Dependent on the age of the vehicle, it may be called for a road worthiness test shortly after registration.


Vintage Vehicle

A vintage vehicle, for VRT purposes, means a vehicle which is shown to the satisfaction of Revenue to be more than 30 years old at the time of registration. Where a unique vintage vehicle is presented and the original documentation is not available, a declaration in respect of the vehicle particulars from an enthusiasts’ organisation or club which provides the data necessary for registration will be accepted at the NCTS. Additional documentation may be requested to satisfy the identity and age of the vehicle. The listed required documentation above must also be presented.

 

At that test centre, the vehicle will be examined to ensure it matches the various characteristics described in the accompanying documentation for example, vehicle identification number (VIN), registration number (in the case of a used vehicle) make, model and variant, engine size, number of doors etc. If the requisite documentation is not available at the time of the examination or the vehicle details do not match the documentation, the vehicle will not be registered and a re-test fee will be payable on return with relevant documentation.

When it has been established that the vehicle is eligible for registration you will be presented with a document containing the vehicle details which you will be asked to sign confirming that you wish to register the vehicle as outlined on the declaration. Following confirmation, Revenue will assign a registration number to the vehicle and this will be issued to you by the NCTS on payment of the tax due.

Please note that a second visit to an NCT centre as a result of incorrect or missing documentation will be at your own expense.

In the case of cars and small vans, the tax is a percentage of the expected retail price, including all taxes in the State. This price is known as the Open Market Selling Price or OMSP. Based on the vehicle details forwarded to Revenue by the NCT centre following examination of the vehicle, Revenue will calculate this tax for you at the time of registration. You may be able to obtain an estimate of the VRT due from the Vehicle Registration on-line Enquiry System. While Revenue maintains an accurate valuation for all vehicles on its database, because of the variety of makes, models and versions available, the vehicle presented for registration at an NCT centre may differ significantly from a similar one on Revenue’s database resulting in a significant difference in the VRT charged to the amount you expected.

Please note that the liability price on a vehicle may not be returned on the same day in some cases, should this occur you will have to return to the VRT centre on another day to complete the registration process.

Additional VRT may be payable if the vehicle is fitted with chargeable enhancements/accessories and Revenue may require more time to assess this additional amount.

The NCT Centre will also collect the VRT charge (and other tax liabilities) on behalf of Revenue. You can pay this charge either by

  • Bank Draft or postal order (made payable to Applus Car Testing Service Ltd)
  • Cash (up to a limit of €250)
  • Debit Card
  • Credit Card excluding American Express (this method of payment will incur a 1.5% surcharge)
  • Company cheque with TAN numbers only (to a limit of €10,000 payable to Applus Car Testing Service Ltd)

Yes. However, please note that the VRT charge is raised by Revenue, the NCT centre staff will not be able to help you with any query relating to the VRT charge

Therefore, having paid the amount demanded, you can appeal the charge with Revenue under the formal excise appeal procedure details which are set out in a separate information leaflet VRT 6 - Appeal Procedures relating to Vehicle Registration Tax which you can obtain at Revenue  or any Revenue Office. Details of these offices may be found on the Revenue

If you decide that you do not wish to register the vehicle, and pay the VRT due, you must ensure that the vehicle is taken out of the State immediately, but at the latest within 30 days of its initial entry into the State.

When the VRT payment (and other outstanding liabilities) has been accepted by the NCTS the registration number assigned to the vehicle by Revenue will be issued to you by the NCT Centre. This registration number must be displayed in the prescribed format on the vehicle within three days of issue. Details relating to the registration number prescribed format are available at Revenue

"You can now buy your Irish number plates at the centre on the day of the inspection, please ask a member of staff for more details.

The dealer is obliged to pay the VRT and register the vehicle before delivering it to you. (These are matters between dealers and their customers and are not for Revenue)

The vehicle registration certificate, issued by the Department of Transport, will be posted to you after you have paid motor tax to your local authority.

When you are applying for motor tax on a new vehicle or motor cycle, you must present the following document (RF 100) and appropriate fee at your local Motor Taxation Office

RF 100 Motor Tax Application for a new vehicle

RF 100 Motor Tax Application for a new motor cycle

Various relief's and exemptions from VRT are available in particular circumstances. These are described in individual public notices which are available from www.revenue.ie or any Revenue Office. They include exemption which may apply in the case of:

  • Transfer of Residence
  • Transfer of Business Activity
  • Inheritance
  • Diplomatic

Relief is also available for certain persons with disabilities who meet specified medical criteria. An information leaflet VRT 7 - Vehicles for People with Disabilities - Tax Relief Scheme is available from www.revenue.ie or any Revenue Office.

If you think you are entitled to an exemption, you must first contact your local Revenue Office (see contact details at Revenue ) and apply for the exemption. The application accompanied by the relevant documentation (see manual) will normally be processed within 10 working days and if approved, a letter confirming eligibility to the exemption will be issued to you. You must bring this letter to the NCT Centre when registering the vehicle to avail of the exemption.

An exemption will only be allowed on presentation of this letter at the NCT centre. Where the exemption letter is not available at the time of registration (e.g. lost or misplaced) full VRT will be charged. This will be refunded on presentation of the letter to a Revenue office.

When you are applying for motor tax on a new vehicle or motor cycle, you must present the following document (RF 100) and appropriate fee at your local Motor Taxation Office:


RF 100 Motor Tax Application for a new vehicle

RF 100 Motor Tax Application for a new motor cycle

For Category B and C vehicles with less than 4 seats

For vehicles presented with a VRD and the Vehicle Category (J on the VRD doc) states N1 it will return a price based on a category B class. If you have a query on this and feel that the vehicle should be a category C class, then please produce the following information:

  • The Mass in Service Weight (this can be obtained from the VIN plate on the vehicle)
  • The Gross Vehicle Weight (this can be found in the handbook of the vehicle or can also be present on the VRD under F1 – Max Permissible Mass).

If you cannot obtain this information then please get this from either a weight bridge or main dealer.

If you still are not happy with the fee returned then you can pay and appeal the fee through Revenue.

Where a vehicle is being presented with the Vehicle Category as M1 but a conversion to commercial vehicle has been carried out and you wish it to be classed as an N1 then you must complete the following document:

Vehicle Owner Declaration of Conversion (SQI)

A SQI is a person who has an Engineering/Technical Qualification level 7 or higher or appropriate accreditation with Engineers Ireland or the Institute of Automotive Engineer Assessors). The declaration must be drawn up on the headed paper of the SQI, which must contain, as a minimum, the Name and/or Business Name, address, contact details and Revenue number of the SQI.

Proposal to Convert from EU Category M1 to N1

Where it is proposed to change a vehicle’s EU category from M1 to N1, the masses and dimensions must be confirmed by a National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) Approved Test Centre whose scope covers - 'Test: 48. Masses and Dimensions (not passenger cars)'. The dimensions must be measured by the laser measuring device and computed by the software approved by the NSAI for the taking of such measurements. From 1 November 2016 this must be confirmed in the declaration of conversion documents. Vehicles that do not meet the criteria for EU Category N1 will be deemed to be M1 vehicles.

A copy of the Test 48 Certification issued by the ATC must be submitted along with the Declaration of Conversion in these instances.

A list of NSAI ATCs and their scope is available here:

Revenue may require ATC Test 48 masses and dimensions certification in other circumstances.

All NEW buses will have to have an ECWVTA (European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval) or NSSTA or IVA in order to be registered. More information on these new changes can be found in this leaflet which lists the dates from when approval will be obligatory for vehicles of various categories before they can be sold or enter into service and also defines the various categories of vehicles involved.

Please also refer to the Road Safety Authority for further details.

If you are a TAN Holder and you have a minimum of 15 vehicles due for VRT inspection then NCTS can provide a mobile pre-inspection facility direct to your premises. The fee will be €20 per vehicle and traders must have all relevant documentation for each vehicle available on the day of the inspection. NCTS will require that you can provide office space and a direct Internet connection (no firewalls and not via a local network) so that all necessary paperwork can be conducted on the day.

If you wish to avail of this service then please contact our VRT booking line on 01-4135975 and ensure you have the following information in front of you:

  • Company Name
  • Address
  • TAN Number
  • Contact Number
  • Number of vehicles for pre-inspection.

The company must be registered with the company registration office in Ireland and have a company registration number which they would have received from the CRO (Sole traders or partnerships cannot register the vehicle into their business name).

In addition to the documents mentioned in the question about on "what documents do I need to bring with me on the day of the test" the following documents are also required.

  1. The person must bring company headed paper that has the company name and address together with the registered company number on it.
  2. On the headed paper a note stating that the Company secretary is allowing this vehicle to be registered into the company name, if the vehicle is not being registered by the secretary then they also need to state on this headed paper that they give this person (must be named on the statement) authorisation to register this vehicle (VIN Number must be noted on the company headed paper) in the company's name.
  3. If the company has a vat number then this also needs to be noted on the company headed paper.

 

Mobile Machinery is now required to be presented at the NCTS at the time of registrations. However, in certain instances Mobile Machinery in conformant with the relevant Machinery Directives is not required to be presented at a NCTS Centre. In such cases a photograph of the particular machinery item along with a photograph of the Serial Number must accompany the relevant documentation.

Presentation of Mobile Machinery at the NCTS is not required for the following:

  1. All mobile machinery over 5 tonne
  2. Mobile Cranes
  3. Bulldozers
  4. Dumpers
  5. Construction Machinery

When making an appointment with the NCTS for registration please confirm with them if the mobile machinery needs to be inspected.

Click here for more information on the registering of self-propelled machinery and what documents you need to bring with you to the NCTS centre on the day of the inspection.