An appointment to have a vehicle registered and inspected must be made within seven days of the vehicle entering Ireland. The whole process of registration must be done within 30 days, and confirmation of the appointment must be carried in the vehicle at all times until registration has taken place.
For a vehicle to be considered to be in Ireland on a temporary basis it must be owned or registered to a non-resident person and it cannot be driven by an Irish resident. All the vehicles taxes in its country of registration must also be paid. Other conditions apply.
Details of unregistered vehicles may be held by the Garda (police) or Revenue Officials. If a vehicle is registered after the 30 day period specified, it may be liable to an additional assessment of VRT.
Foreign vehicles must undergo inspection and be registered at a National Car Testing Service (NCTS) Centre.
Alternatively, call the Vehicle Registration Tax Booking office, Tel: 1890 927 787.
When registering a vehicle at the NCTS centre, applicants must provide proof of identity (such as a passport or driving licence), their PPS (personal public service) number and the vehicle chassis number.
The following documents will be needed to register a used foreign vehicle:
A vehicle is considered as used if it was first registered at least three months ago and it has travelled over 3,000 Km.
It may also be necessary to provide (if applicable):
It is important to check exactly which documents are required to register a used foreign vehicle as failure to provide the correct information may result in a higher VRT charge.
To register a new foreign vehicle, the same documents as detailed above are required. In addition:
New vehicles must not be driven on the road without registration plates.
Registration of a new or used foreign vehicle should be done in person by the owner. If somebody else registers the vehicle on the owner's behalf, written consent must be submitted and the person registering the vehicle must also provide proof of identity.
During the registration process the vehicle is examined to make sure it matches all the information provided, such as make, model, the VIN (vehicle identification number), registration details (if previously registered) and so on. The information provided is cross checked with the vehicle and must match.
After the vehicle has been examined and accepted for registration, the examiner will give the owner a document to sign which details the specifications. After this, and after all tax has been paid, the vehicle will be registered and allocated a registration number.
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