- NCT Certificate

NCT Certificate

Explaining what an NCT certificate is, why you need one and what to do if you lose one

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 car 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.

Failure to have a current NCT certificate is an offence under Section 18 of the Road Traffic Act 1961. Conviction for this offence carries five penalty points and Courts may impose a fine of up to €2,500 and/or up to three months’ imprisonment.

In addition, under the Road Traffic Act 1994 (Detention of Vehicles) Regulations 2011, S.I. No. 460/2011, a member of An Garda Síochána may seize a vehicle being used in a public place without proof of passing a road worthiness test.

Further information on the duration of an NCT certificate can be found in our information note (PDF)


Lost Certificates/Reports

To replace a certificate or disc, go to your local Garda station and obtain an RF134 form, which must be stamped and signed by the Gardaí. Send this completed form back, along with either your windscreen disc or NCT certificate, whichever you may still hold, and a bank draft or postal order for €15.50 payable to Applus Car Testing Service Ltd, to: The Test Certificate Administrator, NCTS, Lake Drive 3026, Citywest Business Campus, Naas Road, Dublin 24.

For a replacement NCT report, simply send your request to the Test Certificate Administrator at the above address, quoting the car registration number, make, model and owner details along with the fee of €15.50.  These fees may be subject to change.