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NCT update

The National Car Testing Service (NCTS) open slots well in advance to accommodate customers who may wish to plan early to confirm a test date. If a customer requires an appointment sooner than those available online, the system has the ability to allow customers place themselves on the priority list online.

Customers may also be put on the priority list through the NCTS call centre (01) 413 5992 if a suitable slot is not available. The option to add a vehicle to the priority list can be found during the booking process.

NCT and your Driving Test

One of the requirements of a driving test is to have a roadworthy vehicle with a valid NCT disc, if applicable. This is for your safety and the safety of our driver testers. 

If you have an upcoming driving test appointment but your vehicle does not have a valid NCT please reschedule your driving test booking through the  MyRoadSafety portal.  You can reschedule your test twice without losing your fee once you give at least 10 days notice. 

If your vehicle requires an NCT and does not have a valid NCT disc for the vehicle on display then your driving test will not go ahead and you will lose your fee.   

NCT priority list

If you have a driving test booked and you're not able to get an appointment at your chosen NCT centre before your test date, you can call the NCT on 01 4135992 to get a prioritised appointment.  The NCTS will do their best to accommodate you with a time and date that's convenient. 

Your car can be tested up to 90 days in advance of its test due date without affecting the expiry date of the cert. This system is in place to ensure you have enough time to get your car tested before the current cert expires.



Insurance providers will be 'pragmatic and understanding' in their approach given the current NCT delays.

Insurance Ireland has stated that: 'Insurance Ireland members will be pragmatic and understanding in their approach to the current delays at the National Car Testing Service(NCTS). Cover will continue to be provided where customers, through no fault of their own, are unable to obtain their NCT due to backlogs at test centres.

Motor insurance and road traffic legislation require that motorists maintain their vehicles in a roadworthy condition at all times and this remains the case. Under the current circumstances, provided motorists make every effort to book appointments in the normal way, insurance companies will recognise that the current issue is not the fault of the customer.'