About your Vehicle

Find out what category your vehicle is and how to go about registering and taxing your vehicle in Ireland. Also find safety information on your vehicle and its parts.

What Category is my vehicle?

Vehicles are categorised by a letter that indicates their intended use. It is important that you know your vehicle’s category in order to understand your tax and testing requirements.

Safety Basics

Find out some safety basics concerning your vehicle and your vehicles parts

Registration & Motor Tax

If you sell your vehicle or trade it in for a new model in Ireland, you must register the change of ownership and make sure your motor tax is up to date. If you import a vehicle, it must be inspected at a designated NCTS centre before you pay the mandatory Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and motor tax.

Maintaining your vehicle

Many motorists don’t realise that under Road Traffic Law, it is the responsibility of the owner and/or driver of a vehicle to make sure it’s in a roadworthy condition at all times when used in a public place. All parts and equipment of that vehicle must be in good and efficient working order.

Buying a used Car?

If you are thinking of buying a used car, always get the vehicle inspected by a qualified mechanic, who is independent from the seller, and carry out a detailed history check before any sale takes place. 

Written off vehicles

RSA guidance on written off vehicles.