How to know if a vehicle is officially taxed and has a valid NCT
Check if a vehicle is officially taxed and is NCT'ed
Motor tax for your vehicle is a legal requirement in Ireland. If you own a car you are legally required to display evidence of your road tax. Once someone has paid their tax on a vehicle they are issued with a motor tax disc.
This will be a tax disc displayed beside the NCT disc and insurance in the front of the window of your car. Not paying the tax and displaying the tax disc may result in a fine or further prosecution.
Check if your own vehicle is taxed
If you own the vehicle you simply have to head to MotorTax.ie and enter the vehicle's registration number and a pin to retrieve your tax information. Once you enter your registration number you will be provided with the tax band and cost of annual Taxation, semi-annual Taxation, quarterly Taxation and arrears per month. To check if your car is taxed now go to MotorTax.
Check if the vehicle you want to buy is taxed
You can get a free car history check from MyVehicle.ie which will reveal the annual cost of taxing the vehicle. If a consumer proceeds with purchasing the report we will disclose the expiry date of its existing disc and previous tax disc expiry dates. The report will also detail tax gaps, highlighting when it may have been off the road.
However, if you are in the market for a car but don’t know the registration you can also check the cost of the taxation at MotorTax.ie. By following the link you can simply select what type of vehicle it is i.e. Standard Private and then you will be provided with a list of costs.
How to check if a vehicle has completed the NCT?
The National Car Test (NCT) in Ireland is a compulsory test for your car and it is an offence to drive a car without completing this exam and displaying a National Car Testing Service disc.
Not completing the test may result in a fine or penalty points so it is extremely important that you know how to check if the car you own or a car you want to buy has done the NCT exam.
The due date for your car NCT is determined from the first time you register the car. For cars younger than ten years old it is a legal requirement that tests are done every two years and for vehicles older than ten years it is completed annually.
Check if your own vehicle is NCT'ed
If you own the vehicle you want to check the NCT on you can simply look at the national car testing service disc displayed at the front of your car.
When a car successfully passes the NCT, a valid NCT certificate disc is given to the owner which must be displayed on the front window of the car.
On the national car test website, ncts.ie you can check the NCT due date of the car by entering your vehicle registration number into the display box which tells you the due date of your NCT and your NCT certificate expiry date.
How to check if the vehicle you want to buy is NCT'ed?
If you decide you want to buy a used car you may want to verify if the vehicle you want to buy has its NCT completed. There has been an increase in the amount of fake NCT certificates on cars so it is vital to check that any vehicle you may be thinking of purchasing does have a valid NCT.
MyVehicle.ie provides a free NCT status check for customers which will display the annual running cost of the vehicle which includes the estimated cost for your NCT.
MyVehicle offers a further Irish history check for your car which includes an NCT status check. This will show up if the vehicle is currently NCTed and its expiry date so you can avoid buying a car with a fake NCT certificate.