Vehicle Testing & VRT
Private Vehicles (NCT)
The National Car Test (NCT) is carried out for the Government by the National Car Testing Service Ltd (NCTS). The NCT conducts car (EU Category M1) roadworthiness testing. For further details, including booking a test, click www.nct.ie.
All goods vehicles (EU Category N) must complete an annual roadworthiness test in a Commercial Vehicle Test Centre, regardless of how the vehicle is taxed. The motor tax category of a vehicle has no bearing on how the vehicle must be tested.
For more information on commercial testing of a vehicle, please click www.rsa.ie
Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT)
Vehicle Registration Tax is chargeable on the registration of a new or imported motor vehicle in the State. All motor vehicles in the State, other than those brought in temporarily by visitors, must be registered with the Revenue Commissioners. A vehicle must be registered before it can be licensed for motor taxation purposes.