Most new vehicles require type approval in order to be sold or registered, see our ECWVTA implementation dates table for more information on the approval dates affecting various vehicle types. From October 29th 2014, all new vehicles (including trailers but excluding agricultural vehicles) will require type approval certification in order to be sold or registered in Ireland or any EU Member State.
Upcoming & recent type approval dates
|New Completed Heavy Commercial Vehicles
(EU Classification N2 & N3
Gross Vehicle Design Weight in excess of 3,500kg)
Special Purpose Vehicles (categories N1, N2, N3, M2, M3, O1, O2, O3 and O4)
From October 29th type approval will extend to include the last remaining categories of vehicles, multi stage built HCVs and Special Purpose Vehicles.
A stakeholder information note is available to down load from here.
|New completed Heavy Goods Trailers (Gross Vehicle Design Weight in excess of 3,500kg)
Since the October 29th 2012, the system of trailer licensing at your local authority motor tax office has changed in order to capture the type approval data for relevant heavy goods trailers.
A Heavy Goods Trailer Type Approval Information Note is available for download which provides guidance to trailer owners on how the system of trailer licensing at your local authority motor tax office has changed.
Since 29th of October 2012 type approval has applied to new Heavy Goods trailers manufactured in a single stage (‘complete’).
From the 29th of October 2013 onwards, type approval will also apply to new Heavy Goods trailers manufactured as part of a multi-stage build (‘completed’).
|New completed Light Trailers (trailers with a Gross Vehicle Design Weight (GVDW) of 3,500kg or less)
Since the 29th of October 2012, manufacturers and retailers are required to have type approval certification for new trailers (built in a single stage) placed on sale.
From the 29th October 2013 onwards, type approval will also apply to new light trailers manufactured as part of a multi-stage build (‘completed’).
Please see our Light Trailer Approval Information Note for more details.
|New Light Goods Vehicles
(EU classification N1; vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of goods and having a maximum mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes)
From the 29th of April 2013 onwards, all new N1’s (including multi-stage built) will require approval certification in order to be registered.
(Since October 2011 type approval has applied to new N1’s manufactured in a single stage).
A stakeholder information note is available to download here(PDF).
|New Heavy Goods Vehicles (Gross Vehicle Design Weight in excess of 3,500kg)
From October 29th 2012 onwards, the registration system used by the Revenue Commissioners and Applus+ has changed in order to capture the type approval data for relevant HGV’s.
A HGV Type Approval Information Note is available for download which provides further clarification on the system of type approval applicable to these vehicles from the 29th of October 2012 onwards.
|Special Purpose M1 (Passenger Cars)
From the 29th of April 2012 onwards, all NEW special purpose M1’s must have proof of approval before the Revenue Commissioners will register the vehicle for use on Irish roads.
A Special Purpose M1 Leaflet (PDF) is available for download which provides further information on how these categories of vehicles are affected from the 29th of April 2012 onwards and an overview of the approval system.
Buses, Mini buses & Light Goods Vehicles
Since 29th of October 2011, all NEW buses and mini-buses are required to have proof of approval before the Revenue Commissioners will register the vehicle for use on Irish roads.
A Bus, Mini-Bus and LGV Type Approval Leaflet(PDF) is available for download which provides information on how these categories of vehicles are affected since the 29th of October 2011 and an overview of the approval system.
Mandatory Compliance Dates for ECWVTA and its related national approval schemes
||Date for obligatory approval for vehicles entering into service|
||29 Apr 2009|
|Incomplete and complete vehicles of categories M2, M3
||29 Oct 2010|
|Completed vehicles of categories M2, M3
||29 Oct 2011|
|Incomplete and complete vehicles of category N1 |
|Special- purpose vehicles of category M1
||29 Apr 2012|
|Incomplete and complete vehicles of categories N2, N3, O1, O2, O3, O4
||29 Oct 2012|
|Completed vehicles of category N1
||29 Apr 2013|
|Completed vehicles of categories O1, O2, O3, O4
||29 Oct 2013|
|Special- purpose vehicles of categories N1, N2, N3, M2, M3, O1, O2, O3, O4
||29 Oct 2014|
|Completed vehicles of categories N2, N3|
Please see our vehicle categories section for EU definitions of the various vehicle categories. Further information on obtaining type approval is available in our obtaining type approval section
Currently all new passenger cars are required to have type approval in the form of either ECWVTA, NSSTA (National Small Series Type Approval) or IVA (Individual Vehicle Approval) in order to be registered in Ireland.
Companies or individuals involved in the manufacture or registration of new passenger cars are required to have an EC or NSSTA Certificate of Conformity (CoC) or an IVA certificate for each new vehicle presented for registration.
The Framework Directive (2007/46/EC) was negotiated over several years and extends whole vehicle type approval (at various implementation dates) from passenger cars to include all other motor vehicle categories including:
- heavy goods vehicles
- light and heavy trailers
Up until the future mandatory approval dates, these vehicles must meet with our current entry into service regulations.
You can view a legislative guide which provides an overview of the current type approval and entry into service legislation which is applicable
Queries with regard to type approval and entry into service legislation can be sent to email@example.com or alternatively telephone 096 - 25040/25014
The NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) is Ireland’s approval authority and are responsible for issuing all national approvals (IVA or NSSTA) for vehicles in Ireland. For more information on making an application for approval, please visit www.nsai.ie or phone 01‐8073919 or 01‐8073832.”