If you own a vehicle, Irish law requires you to get the vehicle registered within 30 days of purchasing it. The vehicle registration process involves providing some personal information and details of your vehicle to the authorities and paying a registration fee. However, if you buy a new vehicle, the dealer will register it for you. If you buy a vehicle from a private seller, you will have to take care of the registration yourself.
The documentation certifying ownership of a vehicle will be in the form of a ‘Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC)’ or ‘Vehicle Licensing Certificate (VLC)’. These documents are also generally referred to as the logbook in Ireland. Which document your vehicle will get (VRC or VLC) depends on when the last change of ownership was done or the age of the vehicle.
The VRC, which is the registration certificate of the vehicle, is the newer document and the Vehicle Licensing Certificate (VLC) is the older form of the vehicle ownership document. The logbook is an important document because it tracks the taxation and registration history of the vehicle, and proves your ownership of it.
The logbook of a car is red in colour, after years of being printed in blue and it contains key details pertaining to your vehicle.
You have to update your V5C if you change your name or address and this is usually done free of charge by notifying the DVLA online or by post. Failure to notify the DVLA of any change in your V5C can result in a fine.
If you have misplaced your V5C, you can apply to the DVLA for a new document by submitting the Replacement Document Application Form RF 134. The replacement is provided to you at a cost.