Frequently Asked Questions

I have changed the engine in my vehicle. What must I do to update my vehicle's documentation details?

How do I apply for an N.C.T.?

Declaring a Vehicle off the Road?

I wish to change the name or address on my vehicle documentation. What do I need to do?

I have lost a document.  How can I get a replacement?

Am I fully licensed to drive as soon as I pass my driving test?

Can I exchange my full Foreign Driving Licence for a full Irish Driving Licence?

Do I need to sit a Driver Theory Test?

How do I apply for a Driving Test?

How do I apply to have my name and/or address changed on my current Provisional/Full Driving Licence ?

How I apply for a Driver Theory Test?

I am aged between 16 and 69. What documentation do I need to submit to apply to renew my Full Driving Licence?

I am selling a vehicle privately and it is registered on or after 1/1/1993. What do I need to do?

I am selling a vehicle to a motor dealer and it is registered on or after 1/1/1993. What do I need to do?

I have passed my Driving Test. What documentation do I need to submit to apply for a Full Driving Licence?

I wish to change the name or address on my vehicle documentation. What do I need to do?

I would like to add an extra category to my Full Driving Licence. What documentation do I need?

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Under what circumstances do I need a Certificate of Roadworthiness?

What categories of vehicles are eligible to use motor tax on line?

What countries does Ireland have an Exchange Policy with?

What do I need to apply for a first Learner Permit?

What do I need to renew the tax on my car (Private Vehicle)?

What documentation do I need to renew the tax on my Motorcycle?

What documentation do I need to submit to apply for a 2nd Provisional Driving Licence?

What documentation do I need to submit to get a provisional licence replacement?

What documentation do I need to tax a new or imported vehicle, for personal use?

What documentation do I need to tax a Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV)?

What documentation do I need to tax my goods/commercial vehicle?

What documents do I need to tax a new/imported large public service vehicle (LPSV)?

When are Motor Tax Arrears charged?

I have changed the engine in my vehicle. What must I do to update my vehicle's documentation details?

You need to : Complete a Change of Particulars [ Form RF111 ] and send it to your Local Motor Taxation Office together with one of the following, whichever is applicable: the Registration (Log) Book, the Vehicle Licensing Certificate, Vehicle Registration Certificate, For private vehicles, a letter from a garage confirming the serial number and size of new engine or for goods vehicles, a weight docket confirming the weight of the new engine. For vehicles with Registration (Log) Books, the new details will be updated on this document by the Motor Taxation Office and returned to the owner. In all other cases an updated Vehicle Registration Certificate will be issued to the owner by the Vehicle Registration Unit in due course.

How do I apply for an N.C.T.?

To apply for an N.C.T., contact the National Car Testing Service by any of the following means:

  • The Customer Services Department, National Car Testing Service (NCTS), Lakedrive 3026 , Citywest Business Campus, Naas Road, Dublin 24.
  • Telephone: LoCall : 1890 412 413 from 8am to 8pm Mon - Thurs, 8am to 6pm Fri).
  • Fax: 01 413 5982.
  • E-mail : booking@ncts.ie

Declaring a vehicle off the road?

The procedures and timescales in relation to declaring non-use of a vehicle are set down in the Non-Use of Motor Vehicles Act 2013. 

If your vehicle is not going to be in use, and will not be kept in a public place, you will be able to declare it off the road by completing form  RF150 (English) and submitting it to your local motor tax office.  Alternatively, you can declare your vehicle off the road at www.motortax.ie if a PIN issued to you with your motor tax reminder.

The minimum period is 3 calendar months, the maximum is 12 calendar months i.e. you cannot declare a vehicle off the road for either one or two months.  The declaration must be for full calendar months, starting on the first day of a month and ending on the last day of a month.  All correctly completed applications will receive confirmation of their transaction, either by post or on the spot if the declaration is submitted in person at your local motor tax office.

You must make your off the road declaration in advance.  It is important, therefore, if you are posting the declaration, that you send it off in sufficient time as the declaration must be made:

In the month of expiry of your current motor tax disc.  You cannot declare the vehicle off the road after this or if arrears are owed – the arrears will have to be paid and the vehicle taxed for a minimum of three months before you will be able to declare the vehicle off the road.

In the month of expiry of your current non-use declaration, you can make a new declaration for between a further 3 - 12 months.  This can be repeated for as long as you intend to keep the vehicle off the road.

months.  This can be repeated for as long as you intend to keep the vehicle off the road.

  • If you have just bought a new/imported vehicle or just acquired a second hand one and do not intend to use it immediately, you will have 21 days from the date of purchase (as specified in the registration document or the notification of transfer of vehicle ownership) to furnish a declaration of non-use.  Make sure you notify the seller that you are intending to declare the vehicle off the road and that you need him or her to ensure that the change of ownership is notified as soon as possible.

I wish to change the name or address on my vehicle documentation. What do I need to do?

If you hold a Vehicle Licensing Certificate or a Vehicle Registration Certificate for your vehicle, you should enter the details of your new name and/or address on the reverse side of this document and send it to : The Vehicle Registration Unit, Department of Transport, Shannon Town Centre, Co. Clare. Your new details will be updated and the replacement Vehicle Registration Certificate will be sent to you outlining the changes in due course. If you hold a Registration (Tax) Book for a vehicle you must send it to your local Motor Taxation Office together with a note detailing the change of name and/or address. Your details will then be updated and the Registration (Tax) Book will be returned to you. Note in the case of a change of name, one of the following must also be submitted: (1) Marriage Certificate - if change of name is by marriage. (2) Birth certificate - if you are reverting to your maiden name. (3) Solicitor's Letter - if you are changing your name by deed poll.

 I have lost a document. How can I get a replacement?

You need the following : (1) Application for Replacement Documents [ Form RF 134 ] declaring what document(s) have been lost and have this form witnessed and stamped by a member of the Garda Siochana. (2) Fee. The current replacement fees are as follows : Registration (Log) Book 12 euro, Vehicle Licensing or Registration Certificate 12 euro, Tax Disc 6 euro, Certificate

Am I fully licensed to drive as soon as I pass my driving test?

No - You are not fully licensed until you exchange your pass certificate for a full driving licence.

Can I exchange my full Foreign Driving Licence for a full Irish Driving Licence?

A person living in Ireland for more than 185 days of the year can have their current full Foreign Driving Licence exchanged for a Full Irish Driving Licence, if that licence was originally issued in any of the approved countries (see question below).

You need to submit :

  1. Full Foreign Driving Licence.
  2. Full Driving Licence Application Form.
  3. Exchange of Driving Licence Application Form.
  4. 2 identical passport sized photographs signed on the reverse side.
  5. Fee: €35 for 3 years. €55 for ten years.
  6. A Medical Report may be necessary only in the case whereby you are applying for a commercial category (C, C1, D, D1, CE, C1E, DE, D1E) OR if the applicant has a medical condition or is over seventy years of age.

Do I need to sit a Driver Theory Test?

Yes, if any of the following applies to you :

  1. You are applying for a 1st provisional driving licence, in any category.
  2. Your previous provisional driving licence has expired by 5 years or more (or by 10 years or more in the case of a full driving licence)
  3. You hold a current provisional driving licence in a particular category, but wish to apply for a provisional driving licence in a category in which you have not previously passed the Driver Theory Test, in the past 2 years.

How do I apply for a Driving Test?

You must complete an Application for a Driving Test Form and post it, together with the appropriate fee (below), to the following address:

The Driver Testing Section, Department of Transport, Government Offices, Ballina, Co Mayo.
Contacts: Lo-call 1890 40 60 40; http://www.drivingtest.ie; Email: drivingtest@environ.irlgov.ie

Fees:

Categories A, A1, B, EB, M and W €85

Categories C, C1, D, D1, EC, EC1, ED and ED1 €120

CPC Driving Test (Bus Category) Part 1 €120, Part 2 €32

How do I apply to have my name and/or address changed on my current Provisional/Full Driving Licence ?

You need the following: (1) Current Learner Permit/Full Licence. (2) Learner Permit /Full Licence Application Form with your new name and/or address, fully completed and signed. (3) 2 identical passport sized photographs, signed on the reverse. (4) A Marriage Certificate, if the change of name is due to marriage; A Birth Certificate, if the change of name is reverting back to a maiden name; A Solicitor's Letter, confirming the change of name, if the change is by Deed Poll. There is a fee of €35 for this application.

How I apply for a Driver Theory Test ?

All enquires regarding this test including booking details, appropriate fee, location of the test centre and method of testing should be addressed to the Driver Theory Testing Service at the following telephone numbers :

  • 1890 606 106 - English Language,
  • 1890 606 806 - Irish Language,
  • 1890 616 216 - Text Phone.

Book online at www.dtts.ie Have your Personal Public Service Number - PPSN (formerly R.S.I number), credit card details and driving licence (if you have one) to hand.

You can also apply by completing the Driver Theory Test application form and posting it together with the appropriate fee (€45) to: The Driver Theory Testing Service, P.O. Box 788, Togher, Co. Cork.

I am aged between 16 and 69. What documentation do I need to submit to apply to renew my Full Driving Licence?

You need the following :

  1. Full Driving Licence Application Form, completed and signed.
  2. Expired full driving licence.
  3. 2 identical passport sized photographs, signed on the reverse side
  4. Fee: 3 year €35, 10 year €55
  5. A Medical Report Form may be necessary, when applying for a full driving licence : In categories C, C1, D, D1, CE, C1E, DE or D1E OR if the applicant has a medical condition.
  6. A signed declaration from the applicant may be necessary if you hold any of the above commercial categories, but do not wish to renew them. If during the life of the licence, you decide that you want to reclaim the aforementioned categories, you must then submit a Medical Report.

I am selling a vehicle privately and it is registered on or after 1/1/1993. What do I need to do?

You need to: Complete Part B of the Vehicle Licensing Certificate [ Form RF101 ] OR the reverse side of the Vehicle Registration Certificate must be signed by the seller and the new owner of the vehicle (date of sale should be stated) and sent to : The Vehicle Registration Unit, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Shannon Town Centre, Co.Clare. Details of the Change of Ownership will be updated by the Vehicle Registration Unit. The new owner will then receive a Vehicle Registration Certificate in their own name in due course.

I am selling a vehicle to a motor dealer and it is registered on or after 1/1/1993. What do I need to do?

You need to: Complete Part B of the Vehicle Licensing Certificate, [ Form RF101 ] OR the reverse side of the Vehicle Registration Certificate must be signed by the seller of the vehicle and given to the Motor Dealer. A Notification of Transfer of Vehicle Ownership to a Motor Dealer [ Form RF105 ] must also be signed by both parties and sent to : The Vehicle Registration Unit, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Shannon Town Centre, Co.Clare. The Vehicle Registration Unit will temporarily transfer ownership of the vehicle to the Dealer until such time as the vehicle is sold on by them. In such circumstances the Dealer is not categorised as being a registered owner. When the vehicle is sold on by the dealer, the Vehicle Licensing Certificate or Vehicle Registration Certificate (where applicable) must be signed by the new owner and sent to the Vehicle Registration Unit (address above). The new owner will then receive a replacement Vehicle Registration Certificate in their own name in due course.

I have passed my Driving Test. What documentation do I need to submit to apply for a Full Driving Licence?

You need :

  1. Certificate of Competency - received from the driving tester on passing your driving test.
  2. Provisional Licence.
  3. Full Driving Licence Application Form, completed.
  4. 2 identical passport sized photographs signed on the reverse side.
  5. Fee: 3 year € 35, 10 year € 55
  6. A Medical Report Form may be required in certain circumstances, namely : When applying for a full driving licence in categories C, C1, D, D1, CE, C1E, DE or D1E, when the applicant is over 70 years of age, or if the applicant has a medical condition.

I wish to change the name or address on my vehicle documentation. What do I need to do?

If you hold a Vehicle Licensing Certificate or a Vehicle Registration Certificate for your vehicle, you should enter the details of your new name and/or address on the reverse side of this document and send it to : The Vehicle Registration Unit, Department of Transport, Shannon Town Centre, Co. Clare. Your new details will be updated and the replacement Vehicle Registration Certificate will be sent to you outlining the changes in due course. If you hold a Registration (Tax) Book for a vehicle you must send it to your local Motor Taxation Office together with a note detailing the change of name and/or address. Your details will then be updated and the Registration (Tax) Book will be returned to you. Note in the case of a change of name, one of the following must also be submitted: (1) Marriage Certificate - if change of name is by marriage. (2) Birth certificate - if you are reverting to your maiden name. (3) Solicitor's Letter - if you are changing your name by deed poll.

I would like to add an extra category to my Full Driving Licence. What documentation do I need?

You need the following: (1) Certificate of Competency - received from the driving tester on passing your driving test. (2) Full Driving Licence Application Form, completed. (3) 2 identical passport sized photos, signed on the reverse side. (4) Full Driving Licence. (5) A Medical Report may be necessary, only in the case whereby you are applying for a commercial category (C, C1, D, D1, CE, C1E, DE, D1E). Fee is €35

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Postal and Online Services

Remember, you can do all your motor tax business (and driving licences) through the postal system, saving yourself time and travel costs. Please check your documentation and post to: Motor Taxation, Offaly County Council, Aras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Why queue - Renew your motor tax online at motortax.ie

Under what circumstances do I need a Certificate of Roadworthiness?

A Certificate of Roadworthiness is required for certain vehicles namely: (1) Mechanically propelled vehicles, registered for one year or more, used for the carriage of passengers with more than 8 seats, not including the driver e.g. a bus. (2) Goods vehicles, registered for one year or more. Under vehicle testing regulations, a goods vehicle is a vehicle constructed or adapted primarily for the conveyance of goods or burden of any description whether or not it is used for such a purpose. This includes vehicles such as car vans and 4X4 vehicles converted for goods use. (3) Goods trailers, registered for one year or more, having an unladen weight exceeding 1,524 kilograms. (4) Ambulances, registered for one year or more. Note : If you do not have a current Certificate of Roadworthiness for a vehicle that would be included in any of the four categories listed above, you cannot tax the vehicle. You must have the vehicle tested by an Authorised Tester. A list of Authorised Testers in the Offaly area is available from your Motor Taxation Office.

What categories of vehicles are eligible to use motor tax on line?

Private Cars, Agricultural Tractors / Excavators, Motorcycles, Exempt Vehicles (i.e. vehicles adapted for use by disabled persons) Motor Caravans and Vintage/Veteran Vehicles may be taxed online.  The site facilitates the payment of up to 3 months arrears, after which time your PIN number will become inactive and your motor tax transaction must be completed through your local motor tax office. Please note that currently Goods Vehicles may not be taxed online.

What countries does Ireland have an Exchange Policy with?

The countries we exchange with are as follows:  Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Republic of China (Taiwan), Bulgaria, Romania

What do I need to apply for a first Learner Permit?

You need the following: (1) Driver Theory Test Certificate. (2) Learner Permit Application Form, completed and signed. (3) Eyesight Report Form for 1st ever licensing. (4) 2 identical passport sized photographs, signed on the reverse side. (5) Fee €35. (6) A Medical Report Form may be necessary in certain circumstances, namely : When applying for a provisional driving licence in categories C, CI, D, D1, CE, C1E, DE or D1E; When the applicant is over 70 years of age; If the applicant has a medical condition. (7) Birth certificate or passport. (8) Garda National Immigration Bureau card for non EU nationals. (9) Passport for EU Nationals.

What do I need to renew the tax on my car (Private Vehicle)?

To renew your motor tax you will need the following: If there is no change in the details of the vehicle and its owner, you will need the RF100B – computerised reminder posted to the registered owner of the vehicle from the Vehicle Registration Unit in Shannon. If your reminder has a PIN number printed on it you can tax your vehicle online via www.motortax.ie  If you don’t receive a printed reminder in the post or if there is a gap between the last tax disc and the current application you must complete an RF100A form from local libraries, Garda Stations or at our office. Current Vehicle Insurance Details, i.e. name of insurer, policy number and date of expiry. Payment of the appropriate fee – See rates of duty.  Payment may be by cheque made payable to Offaly County Council. You may also pay by cash, credit card, debit card or postal order.

What documentation do I need to renew the tax on my Motorcycle?

You need the following: (1) Form [ RF100A ], completed OR Computerised reminder [ Form RF100B ]. This is the reminder form received from the Vehicle Registration Unit approximately 2 weeks before the tax on the vehicle expires.(2) Appropriate fee

What documentation do I need to submit to apply for a 2nd Provisional Driving Licence?

If this driving licence application is a renewal of the same categories as your previous licence, the following is required: (1) Learner Permit Application Form, completed and signed. (2) Expired Learner Permit. (3) 2 identical passport sized photographs, signed on the reverse. (4) Fee [ 1 or 2 year € 35 ]

What  documentation do I need to submit to get a provisional licence replacement?

You need the following : (1) Duplicate Licence Application Form,completed and signed. This form must also be signed and stamped by a member of the Garda Síochána. (2) 2 identical passport sized photographs, signed on the reverse. (3) A fee of € 5.

What documentation do I need to tax a new or imported vehicle, for personal use?

You need the following: (1) Form RF100 (from garage or NCT if imported). (2) Fee. When the vehicle has been taxed for the first time, a Vehicle Registration Certificate will then be issued to the owner by the Vehicle Registration Unit, Department of Transport in due course. Note: The vehicle is due to be taxed from the first day of the month of it's registration.

What  documentation do I need to tax a Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV)?

Small Public Service Vehicle Licences are categorised as Hackneys, Limousines, Taxis and Wheelchair Accessible Taxis. In each case the documentation for taxation is the same.

You need the following:

  • Form RF100 or RF100A completed.
  • Confirmation of current Insurance details.
  • Fee €82 per annum
  • Current PSV Licence
  • Current N.C.T. and Certificate of Suitability

What documentation do I need to tax my goods/commercial vehicle?

You need the following: (1) Form [ RF100 ], completed. (2) Confirmation of current Insurance details. (3) Fee. (4) A Certificate of Roadworthiness (required every year after once the vehicle is over 1 year old), weight docket, or a goods declaration form may also need to be included with the application. (5) When the vehicle has been taxed for the first time, a Vehicle Registration Certificate will then be issued to the owner by the Vehicle Registration Unit in due course.

What documents do I need to tax a new/imported large public service vehicle (LPSV)?

You need the following: (1) Form RF100 (from Garage if new vehicle, from Revenue if vehicle is imported) completed. (2) LPSV licence (Article 60 licence in the case of a school bus). (3) Certificate of Roadworthiness. (4) Confirmation of current Insurance details. (5) Fee. When the vehicle has been taxed for the first time, a Vehicle Registration Certificate will then be issued to the owner by the Vehicle Registration Unit in due course.

When  are Motor Tax Arrears charged?

Motor Tax arrears are charged if a month or more has lapsed between the expiry of your last disc and the month in which you want to re-tax your vehicle.  If the vehicle was not in use for this period the Declaration of Non-Use at Section 7 on the RF100A must be witnessed at a Garda Station. Arrears are charged at 1/12th of the yearly fee.