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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 has been tested for roadworthiness and, as such, is viewed by the authorities as just as important as having valid tax and insurance.

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 €2,000 and/or up to three months’ imprisonment.

Lost certificates

To replace a lost certificate, go to your local Garda station and obtain an RF134 form, which must be stamped and signed by An Gardaí.

Send this completed form, along with your windscreen disc and a cheque or postal order for €12.70 payable to Applus Car Testing Service Ltd, to:

The Test Certificate Administrator
NCTS
Lake Drive 3026
Citywest Business Campus
Naas Road
Dublin 24