Brexit and NCT EU Roadworthiness Certificates

Brexit and recognition of unexpired term of NCT Roadworthiness Certificates issued by other Member States

In advance of a possible no-deal Brexit and the UK exits the European Union, NCTS on behalf of the RSA will cease the processing of applications for recognition certificates in respect of UK private vehicles being imported into the State after the departure date. These recognition certificates recognise the unexpired portion of EU certificates of roadworthiness issued by a Member State in respect of a vehicle being re-registered in the State.

As a consequence, private vehicles imported from the UK and re-registered in the State from Brexit Date aged four years or more will be subject to a National Car Test (NCT) in line with the date of registration in Ireland.

The advice to vehicle owners importing and re-registering private vehicles is to check if the vehicle has a valid UK certificate of roadworthiness (known as a MOT certificate) and if so, the owner may submit roadworthiness certificate recognition application form as soon as possible before Brexit Date to the NCTS for the application to be processed. Further information on how to do this can be found at

In the event that the Brexit departure date is deferred, the RSA will publish revised guidance for vehicle owners.

‘An initiative of the Government of Ireland’

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