Motor Tax in
the Republic of Ireland
What is Motor Tax?
Most vehicles are legally required to have motor tax in Ireland,
when driven in a public place. The profits made from motor tax go
towards the upkeep and maintenance of the roads around the country
(believe it or not). You can pay your motor tax at the local motor
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How much does it Cost?
Your motor tax depends on the vehicle you drive, and the size of
the vehicle's engine. If you have a more powerful car, then you'll
be paying a higher taxation than someone in a mini!
Duration of tax discs and Factors affecting Costs
Motor tax discs are issued for either three, six or twelve months
and the rate is dependent on engine size.
Where you Pay for your Motor Tax
You can pay for your motor tax at the local motor tax office. back to top
Display the Motor Tax Disc
To proove that you've paid motor tax, vehicles are required by
law to display their motor tax disc on the windscreen, at all times.
What if you don't have/display the motor tax
If you don't display evidence that you have paid up for your motor
tax (ie a valid tax disc), you have commited a motor offence and
are liable for a 65 euro on-the-spot fine issued by a traffic warden
or, a friendly garda.
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Vehicles Exempt from Motor Tax
Certain vehicles are not required to pay motor tax, most of these
however are government vehicles, or work vehicles related to road
upkeep, councils and public services. Here is a list:
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- State-owned vehicles
- Diplomatic vehicles
- Vehicles exempt under the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers
- Vehicles not above 400 kilograms in weight (unladen), which
are adapted and used by invalids
- Vehicles which are used solely to transport lifeboats or any
equipment for the preservation of life and property in ship-wrecks
and distress at sea
- Vehicles which are used solely to transport road and construction
machinery used solely for the construction and maintenance of
- Bin lorries, sweeping machines or watering machines used solely
for cleaning public streets
- Fire-engines, ambulances and road-rollers
- Vehicles solely by the fire brigade
Changing your Vehicle and Motor Tax
When you change vehicles, you must register the change of ownership
of your new vehicle at the Vehicle Registration Unit (VRU). This
is done by sending back Part B of the Vehicle Licensing Certicate
to the VRU(that you would have received when you purchased the vehicle).
There isn't any charge for registering Change of Ownership details
at Motor Taxation Offices or at the Vehicle Registration Unit.
Before you can tax the vehicle, you will have to wait for up to
4 weeks to receive the confirmation of change of registration. And
as you can't drive without motortax, the car will have to remain
parked until then!
If you sell a vehicle to a motor dealer, you will have to complete
a form called the RF 105 (provided by the motor dealer). This is
then returned to the VRU, and the Vehicle Licencing Certificate
and Vehicle Registration Certificates are handed over to the motor
Again it can take a number of weeks to process a new registration,
so you will be unable to tax a new vehicle until you have received
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What to do if you lose your Tax Disc?
You can get replacement documents associated with motor tax (and
changes to vehicle ownership). Here is a list of the documents and
- Tax disc €6
- Registration book €12
- Vehicle licensing certificate €12
To get your replacement documents, fill out form RF134 and have
this form witnessed by a Garda at a Garda station. Then send on
your completed form with the appropriate fee to your Motor Tax Office.
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Applying for Motor Tax
If your vehicle is new, you need a "First Motor Tax Application"
form (RF 100). This is available from the motor dealer or person
from whom you bought your vehicle. When you are applying for first
motor tax, you must present the following documents at your local
Motor Taxation Office:
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- Form RF 100
- Vehicle Registration Certificate
- Current Certificate of Insurance issued in Ireland
- Correct fee
Motor Tax Renewal
There are two forms available for renewing motor tax - Motor Tax
Renewal Form RF 100A and Motor Tax Renewal Form RF 100B.
RF 100B is a computer-generated form that is automatically mailed
to you 3-4 weeks before your tax is due to expire. RF 100A on the
other hand, is available from the local Motor Taxation Office.
As not everyone will get a form in the post, you must check when
your tax expires. The forms should be posted back to your local
Motor Taxation Off expires yourself. When you apply in person you'll
be given a new tax disc immediately. And if you make an application
by post, you'll receive your new tax disc in approximately 3 weeks.
When you are returning your forms, the following documents should
accompany your application:
- Vehicle Licensing Certificate
- Current Certificate of Insurance
- National Car Test Certificate (if it applies)
- The appropriate fee for the period you wish to tax it for
Motor Tax Office Contact Details
You will find contact information for all the local authorities,
including the local motor taxation office, at the front of your
public telephone directory. To contact the Vehicle Registration
Unit, call loCall: 1890 411 412 (calls charged at local rate from
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