The NCT Certificate & Recognition Certificate

Information on the NCT certificate including checking the validity of a certificate,what to do if you need to get a replacement certificate and Information on Recognition Certificates are described below:

About your NCT Certificate.

On successfully passing your NCT, you will be issued with an NCT certificate of roadworthiness. You will need to keep the certificate safe and be able to present it on request to a member of An Garda Siochána.

The certificate is proof that your vehicle met a set of basic requirements at the time of the test and, as such, is viewed by the authorities as just as important as having valid tax and insurance. 

It should be noted that only items that are visible and accessible are assessed and that the NCT is not a warranty.  It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure a vehicle is roadworthy 365 days a year.

The Road Safety Authority have produced a number of basic car check safety videos to help you ensure your car is in a roadworthy condition at all times, you can view these videos by clicking here.

How to get a replacement NCT Certificate

If your NCT Certificate has been lost, stolen or destroyed you can apply for a replacement as follows

1. Download and complete the form RF134 (PDF)
2. Bring the form to your local Garda Station and request that it is stamped and signed by the Gardai.
3. Post the completed form along with your windscreen disc and/or NCT certificate (if you still have them) and a bank draft or postal order to the value of €15.50 (€15.25 from 01 Sept 2020) payable to Applus Inspection Services Ireland Ltd to:

The Test Certificate Administrator
Lake Drive 3026
Citywest Business Campus
Naas Road
Dublin 24

For a replacement NCT Report, simply send your request to the above address quoting the car registration number, make, model and owner details along with the fee of €15.50 (€15.25 from 01 Sept 2020) .
*Note the fees above are subject to change.

Apply for the Recognition of an EU Out-of-State Certificate of Roadworthiness for a Passenger Vehicle.

If a vehicle was first registered in another EU Member State, has a valid Certificate of Roadworthiness and has completed the Irish vehicle import process, the vehicle owner may apply to have the unexpired portion of the roadworthiness certificate recognised in Ireland. Once approved the vehicle owner will receive a Irish Recognition Certificate for the unexpired period and the vehicle will not be required to complete an NCT Test until Recognition Certificate is due to expire.

In order to obtain an Irish recognition certificate for a private vehicle you must:-
1. Download a roadworthiness certificate recognition application form. (PDF). (Please note the fee is being waived until further notice)

2. Complete the application form and attach the original or a certified true copy of your out of state roadworthiness certificate. *note – if the certified copy of the out of state certificate is in a language other than English then you must provide a translated version into English.

3. Post the completed form and attached certificate to

Certificate Administrator, Applus Inspection Services Ireland Ltd, Citywest Business Campus, Lakedrive 3026, Naas Road, Dublin 24, D24 RC8V.

4. If your application is successful an Irish Recognition Certificate will be issued by post to the registered owner of the vehicle.