Updated : 01/03/2017
In Ireland cars are required to be roadworthiness tested on the fourth anniversary of first registration and every two years thereafter until their tenth anniversary when they become subject to annual testing.
A roadworthiness test doesn't have to be conducted each time a vehicle changes owner.
If you register your car as a new resident in Ireland, moving from another EU country, the car must undertake the roadworthiness test if it is over four years old. This is currently under review.
Contact body for roadworthiness tests: National Car Testing Service
To ensure your vehicle and its equipment function correctly and comply with safety standards, it must undergo the regular roadworthiness tests, which generally comprise the following checks:
The NCT Manual 2014 sets out the items to be tested at the roadworthiness test for cars in Ireland and may be viewed here.
- initial registration
The Revenue Commissioners are the Registration Authority of Ireland. All relevant information regarding the registration of vehicles and associated registration taxes can be found here.
You can register your vehicle at an NCTS centre in the town where you are resident / staying.
To register an imported vehicle (new or used), you must submit the following documents:
All vehicles must be presented with the following documents, where applicable:
A new vehicle presented for registration must be accompanied by the required documentation listed above and by a European Community Whole Vehicle Type-Approval (ECWVTA) Certificate of Conformity (COC), Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) or National Small Series Type-Approval (NSSTA).
2. used vehicle:
A used vehicle presented for registration must be accompanied by the required documentation listed above and with Evidence of previous registration e.g. foreign certificate of registration, a certificate of permanent exportation or a certificate of de-registration, as appropriate (this document will be retained by the NCTS Centre so please ensure you make a copy of it before you go to the test centre).
A vehicle is generally only required to be registered once, and as such, there is no renewal of a vehicle's registration. Vehicle registration numbers are assigned to a vehicle for its lifetime.