Changes to the NCT from May 2018

In accordance with EU Directive 2014/45, a number of changes to periodic vehicle inspection are coming into force across all EU Member States during 2018 with the first of these changes implemented on the 20th May 2018. The purpose of these changes is to unify vehicle inspection across the EU. Find out more.

Recognition of unexpired term of Roadworthiness Certificates issued by other Member States.

If you import a vehicle from another EU Member State and the vehicle was registered and has a current valid EU Roadworthiness Certificate, you may apply to have the unexpired portion of the certificate recognised in Ireland. You can do so by applying to exchange your out-of-state roadworthiness certificate for an Irish issued recognition certificate.

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 Car Testing Service Ltd, Citywest Business Campus, Lakedrive 3026, Naas Road, Dublin 24, D24 RC8V. 
  4. If your application is successful an Irish issued EU recognition roadworthiness certificate will be issued by post to the current registered owner of the vehicle.

Visit our NCT Certificate section for further information on your NCT Cert.

Amendments to treatment of Vintage Vehicles

Private vehicles registered prior to 1.1.1980 are exempt from testing

If your vehicle is:

  • more than 30 years old and registered post 1.1.1980, (based on the vehicle's date of first registration) 
  • and you are not using your vehicle for commercial purposes

it now has to undergo a roadworthiness test every two years instead of annually.

If you are using your vehicle for commercial purposes, for example as a wedding hire vehicle, there is no change to the test frequency and you must continue to have your vehicle tested annually.

Please note: if your vintage vehicle was inspected during the period 20th May 2017 to 19th May 2018, under these new regulations, you will be entitled to a two year certificate. NCTS have written to each eligible vehicle owner detailed the process to have their existing NCT certificate extended. All queries regarding this change can be dealt with by the NCT customer service department on (01) 4135994.

You can find out more about test due dates on our test due dates & early testing page.

Categorisation of Deficiencies into Minor, Major & Dangerous

In accordance with EU Directive 2014/45, introduced May 2018. defects found during the course of the NCT are classified as minor, major or dangerous and appear in this format on your NCT Vehicle Inspection Report. 

  • Pass : The vehicle has passed the NCT
  • Minor Result : This means that a vehicle has passed the NCT with minor faults recorded
  • Major Result: Vehicle has failed the NCT and must return to the centre for re-inspection within 30 days.
  • Dangerous Result: Vehicle has failed the NCT due to dangerous defects that constitute a direct or immediate risk to Road Safety such that the vehicle should not be used on the road under any circumstances.

You can find out more about the NCT test results and process to be followed for each of the test results on our NCT test results page.

Amendments to treatment of vehicles which transfer from SPSV to Private.

Upon a vehicle transferring from a Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV) to a Private vehicle subsequent NCT test due dates will align with the expiry date of the last NCT certificate issued to this vehicle.