Brexit and NCT EU Roadworthiness Certificates

Recognition of UK certificates of roadworthiness (MOT certificate) in the event of UK exiting the EU


When the United Kingdom (UK) leaves the European Union (EU), NCTS on behalf of the RSA will continue to process Mutual Recognition applications up until 31 December 2020 (current transition period) in respect of UK private vehicles being imported into the State. These recognition certificates recognise the unexpired portion of EU certificates of roadworthiness issued by a Member State in respect of a vehicle being re-registered in the State.

Imported UK Private vehicles that are four years or older and re-registered in the State after this transition period will be subject to a National Car Test (NCT) in line with the date of registration in Ireland. 

The advice to vehicle owners importing and re-registering private vehicles is to check if the vehicle has a valid UK certificate of roadworthiness (known as a MOT certificate) and if so, the owner may submit a Mutual Recognition Application form. Further information on how to do this can be found at

In the event that the UK transition period is deferred, the RSA will publish revised guidance for vehicle owners.

‘An initiative of the Government of Ireland’