Test Frequency, Due dates and Voluntary Early Testing

Find out when and how often your car must undergo a NCT, what happens if you get your vehicle tested early and information on test due dates on vehicles that transfer from SPSV to private.

NCT Test Frequency/Test Due Dates

The test due date/frequency for vehicles is outlined in the following table:

Age of Vehicle Test Frequency (other than taxis & vintage limousines)
0-3 years No test required
4-9 years Every two years
10 years plus (10th Anniversary) Annually, since June 2011
30- 39 years old registered post 1.1.1980 Biennial since 20 May 2018
Private cars registered before 1.1.1980 No test required

 

If you are unsure as to when your vehicle is due an NCT you can find out by logging on to the NCTS website. You can also sign up for reminders via SMS or email for when your test is due.  

Voluntary Early Testing

Since July 2014 vehicle owners and members of the motor trade can book an NCT voluntary test at any point throughout the year prior to their next mandatory test. (Previously NCT tests could only be booked within 90 days of a vehicles test due date)

By booking and passing on a date prior to this 90-day period, vehicles  will be given an NCT certificate that expires on the anniversary of their voluntary test. Each subsequent mandatory test will be required to take place on the one or two year anniversary of this voluntary test (depending on the age of the vehicle) as per example in the following table.

Vehicle is less than 2 years old Vehicle is between 2 and 4 years old Vehicle is between 4 and 9 years, 9 months old Vehicle is more than 10 years old
Vehicle passes more than 90 days ahead of a mandatory test due date An NCT is not required for such a vehicle, but a voluntary test may be requested. A vehicle inspection report will be issued but no NCT Certificate or disc will be issued Next test date is reset to the second anniversary of this voluntary test Next test date is reset to second anniversary of this voluntary test Next test date is reset to anniversary of this voluntary test
Vehicle passes within 90 days of a mandatory test due date N/A Next test date is unchanged Next test date is unchanged Next test date is unchanged
Vehicle passes one or more months after a mandatory test due date N/A Next test date is unchanged Next test date is unchanged Next test date is unchanged


Note: Where a vehicle has already undergone a voluntary early test and the test due date has been reset, if this vehicle passes the test within 90 days of the 10th anniversary of first registration, a certificate valid to the 11th anniversary will be issued, and the test due date will be reset to the anniversary of first registration.

For more examples of voluntary early testing scenarios download this document(PDF).

Voluntary early testing will help improve the safety of Irish roads by encouraging vehicle owners and the motor trade to test their vehicles more often. In addition, voluntary early testing will help spread demand for tests throughout the year.

Test due date on 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.