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The Westmeath Motor Tax Head Office is based in Mullingar.  Motor Tax Services are also available in our Area Office based in Athlone .

 

Motor Tax Office,

Motor Tax Office,

Westmeath County Council,

Westmeath County Council,

County Buildings,

Athlone Area Office,

Mullingar,

Athlone Town Centre,

Co. Westmeath.

Athlone,

 

Co. Westmeath.

Phone:  044 9332182

Phone: 09064 42187

Fax: 044 9342330

Fax: 044 9342330

 

 
 Opening Times:  

9.00am to 4.00pm

Open during lunch-time

Motor Tax Information
You may post your application to Motor Tax Head Office Westmeath County Council County Buildings Mullingar or call in person to any of the Motor Tax offices listed.   Please submit the necessary supporting documentation with your application –see below for further information. All cheque/money order or postal order payments should be made payable to the Motor Tax Office Westmeath County Council.  Do not post cash.

Your Motor tax can also be renewed online and check the Motor Tax rates for your vehicle 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you log on to www.motortax.iePlease note this site is managed by the Department of Transport. In the event that you have lost/misplaced your PIN, you may request a new PIN by logging onto www.motortax.ie and choose the lost PIN section.  You will be asked for you name, address, vehicle registration number and email address where the new PIN will be sent. The Motor Tax Online contact phone number is 1890 411 412.

 

 

Declaring a  vehicle temporarily off the road

From 1 October 2013, if a vehicle is not going to be in used in a public place, a
declaration must be made to your local motor tax office or online at www.motortax.ie  in advance of the
vehicle being taken off the road if you wish to avoid the requirement to pay
motor tax for the period of non-use.

AFTER THIS DATE, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO
PAY ARREARS OF MOTOR TAX IN FULL SHOULD YOU WISH TO TAX
THE VEHICLE. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE A DECLARATION OF
NON-USE UNTIL ARREARS AND A MINIMUM OF THREE MONTHS’ TAX
ARE PAID IN RESPECT OF THE VEHICLE.


 

Further details on these changes are also available  for download from www.environ.ie or www.motortax.ie

Declaration of Non Use of Motor Vehicle RF 150

Declaration of Non Use of Motor Vehicle RF150 -Irish

 

Private Cars

  • Private cars will either have a tax class based on the c.c. of the engine or on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle. The Motor Tax Rates for new cars registered from the 1st July, 2008 will be determined on the basis of their CO2 Emissions level.  The Bands range from Band A to G with band A being the cheaper Rate of tax.
  •  When you are taxing an imported car in Ireland for the first time, you will need a completed RF100 Form and the appropriate fee. 
  • When you are taxing a new car for the first time, your Motor Dealer would have registered the vehicle in your name.  Once this has taken place, you may proceed to tax the vehicle by completing an RF100a and submitting the appropriate fee.  The Vehicle Registration Certificate will be posted to you by the Department of Transport, Shannon, Co. Clare within 5 – 10 days.
  • To renew your motor tax, you can do this online if you visit www.motortax.ie or by completing the RF100b which would have been sent to you by the Department of Transport, Shannon, Co. Clare or by completing an RF100a and enclosing the appropriate fee.
  • To renew Motor Tax while including a period that has lapsed, you should complete the Motor Tax renewal Form RF100a.  If the vehicle was not in use for the lapsed period, the bottom left hand side of the RF100a must be witnessed by an Garda Síochana.  If the vehicle was in use the arrears must be paid for in addition to the period of taxation that you require.

 

 Goods Vehicles including crew cabs

  •    If taxing a vehicle at the Goods rate with a design gross vehicle weight of 3,500kg and less, a completed Goods Only Declaration RF111A and proof of the business in which you are using the vehicle must be submitted to the Motor Tax Office with your application and the required fee. This is required for each vehicle on a once only basis. If you are unable to provide proof of business then you may proceed to tax the goods vehicle at the Private Tax Class. The Vehicle Registration Certificate will be required to change the tax class together with a completed Change of Particulars RF111. If you change the tax class of a goods vehicle to the private tax class please be advised that it will still need to be DOE tested annually.  
  •       When you are taxing an imported goods vehicle in Ireland for the first time, you will need a completed RF100 Form, a weight receipt from one of the Authorised Weighbridges and the appropriate fee. If the goods vehicle has a registration date of more than one year, then it should be brought to a Vehicle Testing Centre where a DOE test will be carried out.  If you are taxing the goods vehicle at the Goods Tax Class, a Goods Only Declaration must be completed by you and witnessed by an Garda Síochana.  Proof of the business in which you are using the vehicle must be submitted to the Motor Tax Office with your application and the appropriate fee.
  •    To renew the Motor Tax on a Goods Vehicle, you will need the Motor Tax Renewal Form RF100b, if the Certificate of Roadworthiness has expired, the vehicle will need to have a DOE test done.  From Oct 1st 2013 a current Certificate of Road Worthiness is issued automatically subsequent to completion of the vehicle test. Vehicles tested pre Oct 1st 2013 should submit a Pass Statement with their application and  an additional fee of  €13 for Heavy Goods Vehicle

     

Goods Only Declaration RF111A

Goods Only Declaration RF111A - Irish

 

Heavy Goods/Commercial Vehicles

Heavy goods vehicles are vehicles exceeding 3500kg Design Gross Vehicle Weight.

For first taxation of a heavy goods vehicle in your name you need :

  • Completed Application Form RF100 (From Garage if new, or from NCT if imported) and Motor Tax Renewal Form RF100A if first time taxing on change of ownership to your name.
  • Weight docket from authorised weighbridge.
  • From Oct 1st 2013 a current Certificate of Road Worthiness is issued automatically subsequent to completion of the vehicle test.
  • Certificate of Insurance covering commercial use.

To renew motor taxation on a heavy goods vehicle currently taxed in your name, you need :

  • Completed application form, i.e. Reminder RF100B or Motor Tax Renewal Form RF100A.
  • Appropriate Fee.
  • From Oct 1st 2013 a current Certificate of Road Worthiness is issued automatically subsequent to completion of the vehicle test.

 

Articulated Tractor Units

 

An articulated vehicle (i.e. vehicle and semi-trailer) is regarded as a single vehicle and motortax is payable on the basis of the unladen weight of the tractor unit plus the unladen weight of the heaviest semi-trailer which will be used at any time during the period of the licence.  When a change of ownership has occurred it must be weighed with its heaviest trailer when taxing for the first time in the new owner’s name.

Tractor Unit and trailer must be weighed at an authorised calibrated weighbridge. A DOE cert, weight docket, Weighmasters Certificate, and a fully completed RF100 form is required

Additional duty is not otherwise payable in relation to the use of a vehicle to draw a trailer or sidecar. An Articulated Lorry weighs at least 9,000kg Unladen Weight.

 

 

 

Agricultural Tractors:

In the case of Agricultural Tractors, an Agricultural Tractor Declaration (available from Motor Tax Office) must be completed by the registered owner, and witnessed either at the Motor Tax Office or at a Garda station and submitted with tax application. The Agricultural Tractor Declaration must be completed when the registered owner of the vehicle is taxing the vehicle for the first time in his / her own name. 

Taxation of Exempt Vehicles

Disabled Drivers
To obtain exemption from Tax - Contact: Central Payment Office, Customs and Excise, Coolshannagh, Co Monaghan 047 62100

To obtain badges/stickers for an exempt vehicle - Contact: Disabled Drivers Association, Ballindine, Co Mayo 094 9364266 

The following vehicles are exempt from liability to pay vehicle motor tax: -

  1. State-owned vehicles,
  2. Diplomatic vehicles,
  3. Vehicles exempted under the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Regulations, 1994 (S.I. No. 353 of 1994),
  4. Vehicles (including any cycle with an attachment for propelling it by mechanical power) not exceeding 400 kilograms in weight unladen adapted and used for invalids,
  5. Vehicles which are used exclusively for the transport (whether by carriage or traction) of lifeboats and their gear or any equipment for affording assistance towards the preservation of life and property in cases of ship-wreck and distress at sea,
  6. Vehicles which are used exclusively for mountain and cave rescue purposes,
  7. Vehicles which are used exclusively for underwater search and recovery purposes,
  8. Vehicles which are used exclusively for the transport (whether by carriage or traction) of road construction machinery which is built in as part of such vehicle or otherwise permanently attached thereto, carries no load except articles or materials used for the purpose of the road construction machinery and is used for no purpose other than the construction or repair of roads,
  9. Refuse carts, sweeping machines or watering machines used exclusively for cleansing public streets and roads,
  10. Ambulances, road-rollers or fire engines,
  11. Vehicles kept by a local authority and used exclusively for the purpose of their fire brigade service.

    The NVDF computer system must already be updated to show vehicle exemption otherwise the Motor Tax Office will have to verify its eligibility by contacting the Revenue Commissioners, Coolshannagh, Monaghan, Tel: 047 82800 or DDA, Ballindine, Co Mayo - Tel: 094 9364266 prior being able to tax the vehicle as Exempt.
  • Should a vehicle be no longer entitled to exemption and there is still a valid disc on the vehicle, the vehicle owner should surrender the disc and Vehicle Registration Certificate to their nearest Motor Tax Office and pay the additional monies liable for taxation at the private rate.
  • If you sell a vehicle and there is still a valid exempt disc on the vehicle please arrange to hand the exempt disc into your nearest Motor Tax Office for cancellation.

 

Taxation of Recovery Vehicles

Recovery vehicles are vehicles which are used exclusively in connection with the lifting, towing and transporting of a disabled vehicle, and must have:

  •  A winch or lifting equipment permanently fitted to the vehicle
  •  At least 2 flashing beacons in working order
  • The words “Recovery Vehicle” must be inscribed on all sides of the vehicle

The requirements for taxing purposes are: 

If the vehicle is already registered as a Recovery Vehicle and there has been a change of ownership, it must be inspected by the Council's Vehicle Inspector to verify it still fulfils the above physical requirements.  If the vehicle is being converted to a recovery vehicle, the owner must have it re-registered by the Revenue Commissioners before taxing it - see Conversions. In addition the following are required:-

  • RF100 for first time taxing or Tax Renewal Form fully completed and signed
  • Confirmation of current Insurance details - this must be Motor Trader Insurance for use as a Recovery Vehicle
  • Recovery Vehicle Declaration RF104 and Recovery Vehicle Declarations RF111B
  • Certificate of Roadworthiness or Pass Statement from Authorised Test Centre if vehicle is 1 year or older
  • Weight docket
  • Appropriate fee

On the day of inspection the owner will also be required to complete statutory declaration forms  declaring that the vehicle will be used solely as a "Recovery Vehicle" i.e. will be used exclusively in connection with the lifting, towing and transporting of a disabled vehicle & declare that the appropriate Motor Traders/Recovery Insurance is in place under the Road Traffic Act 1961.
Following satisfactory inspection of the vehicle the Renewal Form may be authorised as appropiate to tax and customer may then proceed to tax the vehicle.

Taxation of Mobile Workshops

N.B As from 13th August 2007 Mobile workshops require a roadworthiness test once they are one year old.

Ice Cream Vans/Chip Vans are not classified as Mobile Workshops and should be taxed at the appropriate goods/commercial rate 

While the Revenue Commissioners may already have certified a vehicle as a Mobile Workshop when its being imported persons wishing to tax a vehicle for the first time, following a change of ownership, as a Mobile Workshop must contact the Authorised Officer Motor Tax office to arrange a date & time to bring the vehicle for inspection.

In preparation for the inspection vehicle owners should identify the location of the chassis number on the vehicle, they will also need to present the registration book/VRC/VLC,  valid insurance certificate & a current road worthiness certificate or valid pass statement from an authorized test centre on the day of the inspection.  Following satisfactory inspection of the vehicle the then produce with their tax renewal form, pass statement/current CRW & appropriate fee when applying to tax the vehicle.

 

 

 

 

Taxation of Vintage & Veteran Vehicles

  • A vehicle is classed as a vintage/veteran once its 30 years old from date of manufacture and a concessionary rate of motor tax applies
  • Tax renewal form must be fully completed & signed ensuring insurance details are entered. 
  • Appropriate fee
  • No NCT/CRW required for pre 1980 Vintage Vehicles. 

 

 

Change of Particulars 

  • To change name, address, colour of vehicle, engine or tax class please complete a Change of Particulars RF111 and forward it to the Motor Tax Office, County Buildings Mullingar together with your Vehicle Registration Certificate.  A new Vehicle Registration Certificate will be posted to you by the Department of Transport, Shannon, Co. Clare within 5 – 10 days. If you are resident in another County then you must send the RF111 to your local Motor Tax Office.

Change of Ownership

It is the interest of the owner selling, trading in or otherwise disposing of the vehicle to ensure that the registration documents are sent to Shannon/Local Motor Tax Office as soon as possible after the sale has been completed.

Joint owner details are no longer permitted on the NVDF. A vehicle can only be taxed in the name of one registered owner. All owners of vehicle must be legal entity compliant.

Private Sale

Vehicles registered before 01/01/1993 – ownership changes are dealt with by local Motor Taxation Offices.

Details to be submitted

  • ‌ completed by both seller & buyer (form available from Motor Taxation Office or Garda Stations). Ensure date of sale is entered otherwise date of sale will be taken as the date the change of ownership form RF200 is received in the Motor Tax Office. 
  • Registration Book (brown log book)

The form RF200 is a joint statutory declaration completed by the seller and buyer at the time of sale of the vehicle. Parts A and C must be completed by the seller, while part B must be completed by the buyer. Completed Part C can be retained by the buyer until log book is updated & returned by the MTO.

If the brown log book is not available then an RF134 Request for Replacement Documents available from Motor Tax Office or Garda Stations) should be duly signed by the seller and stamped by Gardaí. RF134 to be submitted with the Form RF200 and appropriate fee of €12.00.
Note: If the ownership is being transferred to a motor dealer the registration book is not submitted but the garage should enter their garage code in the appropriate box on the form.

Vehicles registered since 01/01/1993 – ownership changes are dealt with by Vehicle Registration Centre, Shannon, Co. Clare:

Vehicle Licensing Certificate (or Vehicle Registration Certificate in the case of vehicles registered since 28th May 2004) must be completed by both the seller & buyer & sent to the Vehicle Registration Centre, Shannon, Co. Clare. Ensure date of sale is entered otherwise date of sale will be taken as the date the notification is received in Shannon.
A new Vehicle Registration Certificate will then be posted out directly to the new owner.
Motor Tax Offices can only process a change of ownership on a VLC/new VRC when the seller and buyer has fully completed the VLC/VRC and the buyer wants to tax the vehicle at the same time.

Buyer/Seller Unknown

For vehicles registered in Ireland before 01/01/1993 (pre 93 manufactured vehicles but registered post 1993 e.g. imported vintage vehicles)

  • Where a buyer cannot contact the seller in order to sign the RF200 form, the application must be completed as much as possible and be accompanied by an Affidavit detailing when he/she became the owner of the vehicle. The Vehicle record will be updated and a free in lieu log book will issue to the new owner.
  •  Where a seller cannot contact the buyer in order to fully complete the RF200 form, the application must be accompanied by an Affidavit detailing when the vehicle was disposed/sold. The Motor Tax office will update the vehicle record so that no reminders will issue to the seller but the vehicle will still remain in the sellers name.

Affidavit forms can be obtained at any of the Motor Taxation Area offices and should be signed in the presence of a Commissioner of Oaths/Practicing Solicitor.  

  • Change of ownership - Person purchases vehicle, previous owner has lost VLC/VRC or person cannot locate previous owner.

 

For vehicles registered after 01/01/1993


  • New owner writes to Department of Transport, Shannon, Co. Clare (Change of Ownership Section),detailing particulars of the acquired vehicle & reason for inability to submit Vehicle Registration Certificate(VRC).
  • Statutory Declaration will issue to new owner for completion.
  • Current registered owner on National Vehicle Driver File will be corresponded with and be given 14 days to respond.
  • Assuming there is no continuing interest from the previous owner, a duplicate copy of the VRC is generated and sent to the motor tax office appropriate to the new owner's address.
  • The new owner will be advised to appear personally at the local Motor Tax Office to endorse the copy VRC with their signature and to present a current driving licence as identification. A fee of €12 for the duplicate VRC will apply.

 

Change of Ownership – Garage

Garages can use the Online Change of Vehicle Ownership facility to update change of ownership details using the website address www.motortrans.ie

The facility only applies to dealers who have been approved for the submission of details by electronic means. Secure access to the Change of Vehicle Ownership (CVO) online system is granted to Motor Dealers through the use of digital certificates which are provided by the Revenue Commissioners On-line Services (www.ros.ie ). Change of ownership transactions submitted via the CVO system will also be digitally signed in order to guarantee the authenticity and the privacy of the information submitted. Motor dealers who wish to use the online CVO system must register for access.

There are four services available to garages:

  • Online vehicle purchases
  • Online vehicle sales
  • View transactions processed online
  • View current vehicles in their ownership.

Under the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 Garages must keep for inspection by the Minister the completed VRC/VLC or Form R.F. 105 signed by both parties for a period of 3 years for transactions processed online. These documents should not be sent to Shannon. 

Change of Ownership to a Motor Dealer - Form RF105 is to be used for a change of ownership to a Motor Dealer for a vehicle registered after 01/01/1993.

The ownership is being changed temporarily until the dealer sells the vehicle on. The system does not register the garage as another owner, it just updates the system to enable the new VRC to go to the garage. The RF105 form is sent to Change of Ownership Section Department of Transport Shannon, for processing, who in turn will issue a new VRC in the garage name.

Vehicle not licensed (not currently taxed) when purchased from a Garage

Since September 2005, garages selling vehicles that do not have a current tax disc. Where  the new owner wishes to tax the vehicle immediately the garage may hand over the duly completed Vehicle Licensing Certificate/New Vehicle Registration to the new owner rather than forwarding same to VRU, Shannon. This will enable the new owner to renew the tax straight away on the vehicle instead of waiting until such time as they receive a new Vehicle Registration document in their name from Shannon. New owner may present the completed registration document with the appropriate tax renewal form & fee to the motor tax office who will carry out the change of ownership and issue the tax disc.

Garages should note that it is only in the case where the vehicle tax disc has expired that they can hand over the completed registration documents to the new owner. At all other times the registration document must be forwarded to Shannon for the change of ownership to be updated as outlined above.

If a garage has bought a car from previous owner, what forms must be produced to get the vehicle into their name?

  • For vehicles registered after 01/01/1993 garage sends completed Form RF105 to Shannon. Garages must ensure that before completion of Form RF105, the seller has a valid VRC in his/her name. The purchase transaction should not be completed by the dealer unless the VRC, or a replacement obtained by the seller through completion of Form RF134 is presented.
  • If it is a logbook (vehicles registered before 01/01/1993) the garage should hold onto the logbook but submits completed RF200 form to the Motor Tax Office. The garage details from RF200 are updated on screen by MTO. 

Note: A garage can tax a vehicle for three months in their name without having to be recorded as an owner. However if applying to tax the vehicle again the garage has to be entered as an owner - Circular  MT 875 applies.

Change of Ownership prior to first taxing of the vehicle.

For vehicles registered after 01/01/1993 change of ownership requests are processed by the Department of Transport Shannon Co Clare.

New owner writes to Department of Transport, Shannon, Co. Clare (Change of Ownership Section),detailing particulars of the acquired vehicle & reason for inability to submit Vehicle Registration Certificate(VRC). RF100 as issued by Revenue Commissioners to original owner should be enclosed.*

  • Statutory Declaration will issue to new owner for completion.
  • Current registered owner on National Vehicle Driver File will be corresponded with and be given 14 days to respond.
  • Assuming there is no continuing interest from the previous owner, a duplicate copy of the VRC is generated and sent to the motor tax office appropriate to the new owner's address.
  • The new owner will be advised to appear personally at the local Motor Tax Office to endorse the copy VRC with their signature and to present a current driving licence as identification. A fee of €12 for the duplicate VRC will apply.


*In the case of a vehicle being sold on but has not been taxed since first registration and seller has lost Form RF100, seller can get a duplicate Form RF100 from the Revenue Commissioners and then proceed as outlined above.

 

Vehicles registered before 01/01/1993 – ownership changes are dealt with by local Motor Taxation Offices.

Details to be submitted

  • ‌ RF 200 completed by both seller & buyer (form available from Motor Taxation Office or Garda Stations). Ensure date of sale is entered otherwise date of sale will be taken as the date the change of ownership form RF200 is received in the Motor Tax Office. 
  • RF100 as issued by Revenue Commissioners.In the case of a vehicle being sold on but has not been taxed since first registration and seller has lost Form RF100, seller can get a duplicate Form RF100 from the Revenue Commissioners

The form RF200 is a joint statutory declaration completed by the seller and buyer at the time of sale of the vehicle. Parts A and C must be completed by the seller, while part B must be completed by the buyer. Completed Part C can be retained by the buyer.



Change of ownership - Registered Owner Deceased

For vehicles registered prior to 01/01/1993

The Motor Tax Office will change vehicle ownership on production of Legal confirmation of ownership i.e. Solicitors’ letter/letter from the Executor of estate, the death certificate, brown logbook and submission of legal declaration declaring entitled to ownership of vehicle.



For vehicles registered after 01/01/1993

Complete back of VLC/VRC with spouses name, address, enter date of sale and enter spouses signature as buyer and forward the certificate to Department of Transport Shannon with legal confirmation of ownership i.e. Solicitors’ letter/letter from the Executor of the will  and copy of death certificate.

Change of Ownership-Vehicles Exported

If the vehicle has a Vehicle Licensing Certificate or new VRC, the VLC/VRC is forwarded to the Vehicle Registration Unit, Shannon, Co. Clare with accompanying letter explaining that the vehicle is being sold abroad.

The Vehicle Registration Unit will issue a letter of extract that can be given to the buyer of the vehicle, who in turn can give to their relevant Licensing Authority in their country.  An alert is then put on the NVDF by Shannon that the vehicle has been sold abroad and the Irish owner is no longer the current owner.

 

 

For a vehicle with a registration book or trailer card the seller submits RF200/TF200 form & logbook to the MTO. If for example the new owner is based in Northern Ireland, you cannot enter the N. Irl details on the system. Enter an export alert & enter in the comments the name & address of the new owner & the date that you posted the log book to them. Enter the new owners name & address on the logbook & stamp it in the normal way.

 

If registration documents have been mislaid the Motor Tax Office may issue a letter with all relevant details of the vehicle that can be given to the new owner. 

 

 Replacement of Documents

  •  If you have misplaced or lost any of the following documents and wish to replace them, you will need to complete an RF134 Request for Replacement Documents and have it stamped by An Garda Síochana.  There is a fee for replacing documents as set out below.
  1. Tax Disc - €6.00
  2. Registration Book (for vehicles registered in Ireland before 1/1/1993 - Brown Log Book)  - €12.00
  3. Vehicle Registration Certificate (for all vehicles registered in Ireland after 1/1/1993 - €12.00
  4. Trailer Licence - €6.00

From 1st October 2013 all replacement Certificate of Roadworthiness (CRWs) will be issued by the RSA, irrespective of when and how the original CRW was issued.  Contact CRW Replacements, Road Safety Authority, Clonfert House, Bride Street, Loughrea, Co. Galway.

Replacement CRW's may be ordered online at www.CVRT.ie or telephone 1890 40 60 40 / (091) 872600. *

Refunds

 Refunds for Motor Tax are only granted by the Motor Tax Office in the following circumstances:

  • There should be 3 whole calendar months left on the Tax disc when submitting an application for a Refund.
  •        If the vehicle was scrapped and a Certificate of Destruction was sent to the Department of Transport, Shannon, Co. Clare.  There should be 3 whole calendar months left on the disc from the date of the Certificate of Destruction.
  •        If the vehicle was stolen and has not been recovered.  You will be required to submit a copy of the Incident Report letter issued by an Garda Síochana and a copy letter from your insurance company confirming that the insurance was cancelled.
  •       If the vehicle was not used in a public place since the issue of the Tax Disc.  You will be required to submit a copy letter from your insurance company confirming that the insurance was cancelled.
  •       If the registered owner was absent from the state for business or educational purposes.  The tax disc should be submitted to the Motor Tax Office before travelling abroad.  Proof of business/educational purposes is required together with a copy of travel documentation.
  •        If the registered owner ceased to use the vehicle due to illness.  A Medical Certificate should be submitted by a Medical Practitioner.
  •        Applications for Refunds are made on an Application for Refund of Motor Tax RF120  It should be completed by the registered owner and stamped by An Garda Síochana.  The Tax disc and copy Vehicle Registration Certificate is required in all cases.  If these documents are lost or misplaced and Application for Replacement Documents RF134 must be completed and stamped by an Garda Síochana.  There should be 3 whole calendar months left on the Tax Disc when the application is received by the Motor Tax Office.

Local Vehicle Testing Centres:

  1. O'Reilly's, Ballinalack, Co. Westmeath - 044 9371360
  2. Mullingar Autos, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath - 044 9348755
  3. Mick Mannion, Blyry Industrial Estate, Athlone, Co. Westmeath - 09064 74933
  4. Kinahan Commercials, Moate, Co. Westmeath - 09064 81326
  5. Kanes, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford - 043 3371032
  6. Oldcastle Motors, Oldcastle, Co. Meath - 049 8541114

Authorised Weighbridges:

  1. Flynns, The Downs, Mullingar - 044 9376100
  2. Mulleady's Ltd, Unit 16/17 Mullingar Business Park, Mullingar - 044 9347177
  3. Hammond Lane Metal Company, Athlone - 09064 73366

 

End of Life Vehicles:

Regulations have been introduced at ensuring that old cars are depolluted and dismantled in a manner that does not pose a threat to our environment or to human health.

Obligations are on:

  • Producers (vehicle manufacturers/importers)
  • Dismantler/vehicle scrap facilities
  • The car owner

Facilities dealing with end-of-life vehicles must meet stringent environmental standards for the collection, storage and treatment of end-of-life vehicles. These facilities are known as authorised treatment facilities (or ATFs):

  • Hammond Lane Metal Co. Ltd., Garrycastle, Athlone, Co. Westmeath - Waste Permit Ref. No. WP/173/2008
  • Joe Devery Car Dismantlers, Ballykeeran, Athlone, Co. Westmeath - Waste Permit Ref. No. WP/140/2006 
  • Joe Ganly, Ganley Motors Ltd. Grove Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath - Waste Permit Ref. No. WP/54/2004(2) 
  • E. Hamill & Sons Ltd. Marlinstown, Dublin Road, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath - Waste Permit Ref. No. WP/135/2006  
  • Wallace Recycling Ltd., Unit 16-17, Mullingar Business Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath - Licence No. W0197-02

A Certificate of Destruction which will confirm that the vehicle will be depolluted and dismantled in an environmentally safe manner will be issued for all vehicles sent to an AFT.

Where an authorised treatment facility accepts an intact end-of-life vehicle, no charge may be imposed by the facility on the owner of that vehicle.

TRAILER LICENCES
New or imported trailers and semi-trailers over 3,500 kg Gross Vehicle Design Weight (GVDW) used for the carriage of goods are required to be registered at the Motor Tax Office.     From 29th October 2012, there are new rules in relation to the first licensing of heavy goods trailers in Ireland, and these are described below.  There is also a legal requirement to license trailers annually at the Motor Tax Office, though there is no fee for this process.The Forms required for registration and taxing are:

TF100  – used for the registration and licensing of trailers / semi-trailers.
TF200  – used to register change of ownership.
TF300A  –weight identification certificate for new / imported trailer / semi-trailer
TF300B  – weight identification certificate for trailers outside scope of type approval
 

First Licensing of single-stage built trailers type approved or imported on or after 29th October 2012:

There is a new requirement to acquire a type approval certificate from the distributor / manufacturer when you purchase your trailer – either EU or Irish approval certificates are acceptable.  This type approval requirement is being applied to trailers manufactured in one single stage (by a single manufacturer) from 29/10/2012.

To apply for first licensing, you will need:

  1. Application form TF100
  2. Weight Identification certificate TF300A, with one of the following attached:- for new vehicles, a copy of the type approval certificate must be attached to this form - OR - in the case of the first licensing in Ireland of a trailer previously licensed or registered  in another EU member state, the applicant may supply either the Registration Certificate from the relevant Member State or alternatively a letter from the National Trailer Registration / Licensing Authority.
  3. Fee of €60

The type approval requirements will be extended to:

  • Multistage built trailers (manufactured in more than one stage by more than one manufacturer) on or after the 29th October 2013.
  • Special Purpose trailers (declared by manufacturer, in consultation with NSAI, as having specific technical features in order to perform a function which requires special arrangements and/or equipment) on or after 29th October 2014.

 

 First Licensing of all other trailers outside the scope of type approval, i.e.

  • Trailers manufactured before 29th October 2012
  • Multistage built trailers manufactured until the changeover date of 29th October 2013
  • Special Purpose trailers manufactured until the changeover date of 29th October 2014

Trailers designed and constructed to be towed exclusively by agricultural tractors or trailers designed and constructed exclusively for use by the Defence Forces, Civil Defence, Garda Síochána or Fire Services.  
 To apply for first licensing, you will need:

Application form TF100
Weight Identification certificate TF300B - this form must be completed by the manufacturer, or where the manufacturer cannot be contacted, the form must be completed by an Approved Test Centre (ATC) of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) – the full list of ATC’s can be found at www.nsai.ie
Fee of €60

 

To renew a Trailer Licence annually, you will need:

  1. Application form TF100
  2. Licence card TF5
  3. Certificate of roadworthiness

 

To notify a change of details regarding the owner or vehicle you will need:

  1. Application form TF100 to notify any change of details regarding the owner, OR, Application Form TF300B to notify any change of details regarding the vehicle
  2. Licence card TF5

 

To notify the sale of a trailer, you will need:

  1. Notification of transfer form TF200, completed by both seller and buyer
  2. Licence card TF5 submitted by the new owner

 

To notify that a trailer is scrapped, destroyed or exported, you will need:

  1. Written notification of scrappage / destruction / export
  2. Surrender Licence card TF5

 

 To apply for a replacement Trailer Licence Card, you will need:

  1. Application Form RF134
  2. Fee of €6

 

Fleet Hire Vehicles: Taxation of Cars by Car Hire Companies

For first Licensing of Cars by Car Hire Companies in the Tourist Season, there is a special facility available & in operation since 31st May 2004 whereby the motor tax application for car hire vehicles, that are registered within the last 10 days of a month can be taxed, from the following month, during the month of registration.


RF100 form (obtainable from the Revenue Commissioners) must be submitted, stamped by the Vehicle Registration Office and marked Car Hire.  Vehicles may not be driven in the period preceding the tax period.

 

 

 

 

Motor Caravans:

 

  • Motor Tax Renewal Form RF100A Form must be fully completed & signed ensuring valid insurance details are entered. 
  • Current Road Worthiness Certificate. Motor Caravans must be tested on the fourth anniversary of first registration and thereafter every 2 years until the vehicle is 10 years old after which annual testing applies. *
  • For first time taxing of the Motor Caravan or first time taxing after adaptations have been made to the vehicle the owner should contact the Revenue Commissioners who will advise regarding the proper inspection of the vehicle. Once Revenue are satisfied that the vehicle meets all the regulations they will arrange to have the vehicle record updated and then the owner can apply to tax the vehicle at the Motor Caravan rate of tax.
  • Motor Caravan Declaration form must also be completed.

*Due to a technical issue with the National Vehicle Database some Motor Caravans were issued 1 year Certificates of Roadworthiness. Owners will be issued replacement CRW’s Free in Lieu of such certificates in this instance. Please present your details to your motor tax office. 

 

 

 

To Tax a vehicle as a Limousine:

  • Limousines can have up to 8 passenger seats
  • Must have valid Limousine Licence issued by the Commission for Taxi Regulation & the licence must be valid on day of issue of motor tax and registration number must be on the licence.
  • Tax Renewal form must be fully completed & signed ensuring insurance details are entered.
  • Appropriate fee.

Please note Small Public Service Vehicles must have a current NCT prior to issue of the appropriate licence by the The National Transport Authority.* 

 

Taxation of Large Public Service Vehicle and Youth/Community Bus

  • Must have 9 or more passenger seats and are taxed based on seating capacity. 
  • Current road worthiness certificate – tested every year 
  • PSV Licence issued from PSV Inspector contact Garda Liam Walsh Killucan Garda station 044/9374112.This licence must be presented to the MTO on each renewal of tax. 
  • Tax renewal form must be fully completed & signed ensuring insurance details are entered. 
  • Appropriate fee
  • Completed ‌

To be considered for ‌tax as a Youth/Community Bus, the owner must have letter of confirmation from the Community Group, HSE, etc outlining in detail the purpose the vehicle is being used for. The Vehicle is not to be used for hire or reward.

Taxation of School Bus - N.B. Vehicle must be used solely for school runs and school activities

  • Must be certified by Gardaí ( Article 60 School Bus Licence)* 
  • Current road worthiness certificate – tested every year 
  • Application form must be fully completed & signed ensuring valid insurance details are entered. 
  • Appropriate fee

 

N.B. *In accordance with Road Traffic Act 2011 Schedule of Exempt Vehicles-vehicles owned by schools do not require article 60 licence “18 Carriage of persons to or from a school, or in the course of or in relation to school or ancillary activities, in vehicles owned by the school.”

*Licencing and regulation of taxis and other Small Public Service Vehicles – SPSV’s.

The National Transport Authority is now responsible for the exercise of the functions-licencing & regulation- set out in the Taxi Regulation Act 2003. See http://www.nationaltransport.ie for further information.

In respect to taxation of a Taxi the application must be submitted by the vehicle owner who must present with a current Taxi licence issued in the name of the vehicle owner and for the vehicle to which the application refers.

 

 

 

Taxation of Quad Bikes

  • Vehicle must be registered with Revenue Commissioners and have a valid number plate.
  • Tax Renewal form Motor Tax Renewal Form RF100A must be fully completed & signed ensuring insurance details are entered.
  • If it has a tow bar attached – it is classed a general haulage tractor 
  • No tow bar – it is taxed as a private vehicle & taxed based on cc of engine. 
  • Appropriate Fee 

An all terrain/quad vehicle cannot be taxed at the motorcycle rate. You also need to hold a full B (Car) Licence to drive a quad on a public road

Ride on Mowers
Circular letter MT 3/2005 states that if a person wishes to tax a ride on mower it should be taxed based on the engine size at the private rate. They are not to be taxed as goods or at the agricultural rate.

Conversions/Adaptations 

"Conversion" is defined as the modification of the vehicle in such manner that it no longer retains all of the characteristics of the vehicle category under which it is certified for type approval purposes.

Revenue requires a Vehicle Owner's Declaration of Conversion (form VRTCONV), supported by a Suitably Qualified Individual Declaration (must be certified by SQI other than that which completed works) of Conversion, only in the following circumstances:*

  • change of EU Vehicle Category, and/or
  • change in the number of seats, and/or
  • change in the number of seatbelt fittings, and/or
  • change of EU Bodywork

A person wishing to obtain motor tax for a previously registered vehicle provided one or more of the above circumstances apply, must comply with the Revenue VRT procedures in relation to conversions, i.e the vehicle must be certified by an Approved Test Centre as to the quality of the conversion and the accuracy of the declaration. The declaration should be posted to the Revenue Commissioners, Central Vehicle Office, Rosslare Harbour, Co. Wexford, where the conversion will be assessed to determine if additional VRT is due.

The forms can be downloaded from http://www.revenue.ie http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/vrt/vehicle-conversions.html#section3

Post assessment the Central Vehicle Office will return a copy of the VRTCONV form to the applicant, stamped to indicate it has been assessed along with a Confirmation of Assessment following Declaration of Conversion Form. Both these forms should be included in the motor tax application to tax the converted vehicle.

*The Office of the Revenue Commissioners have notified the Department of the Environment that they require a Vehicle Owner's Declaration of Conversion (form VRTCONV), supported by a Suitably Qualified Individual Declaration of Conversion (template VRTCONVSQI), only in the following limited circumstances:-
 
The Vehicle Registration Certificate, at J1 (VRT vehicle category), shows "B" or "C" or "D" or is blank, AND;-
 
(1) Seats have been added and the new total including the driver is 9 seats or less; or
 
(2) The vehicle had 10 seats or more; seats have been removed and the new total including the driver is 9 seats or less; or
 
(3) The vehicle has been converted to a motor caravan; declaration is not required however if the vehicle is registered in  Ireland as a car or MPV or other EU category M1 vehicle.
 
Revenue does not require a declaration if the Vehicle Registration Certificate at item J1 (VRT vehicle category) shows "A", or if a vehicle converted to a motor caravan is registered in Ireland as a car/MPV or other EU category M1 vehicle.

All other vehicle conversions should be processed as per MT 8 2013.

Persons converting to Camper/Motor Home must 1st pay the increased VRT. Cost is 13.5% of value. Owners should check with Revenue for further information.

*Where none of the circumstances referred to above exist certificate must clearly state same.

Taxation of Converted/Adapted Vehicle

Change of Particulars RF111. Form must be fully completed & signed ensuring insurance details are entered. 

  • Appropriate Fee 
  • Road Worthiness pass statement (if applicable) signed at reverse 
  • Weight docket
  • Goods only declaration (if vehicle under 3,500kgs dgvw)
  • Commercial Insurance Certificate
  • Copy of the VRTCONV form returned by Revenue to the applicant, stamped to indicate it has been assessed.
  • Confirmation of Revenue Assessment following Declaration of Conversion Form or where this is not applicable SQI certification which must clearly state no VRT impact is applicable. In this instance RF111 must be approved by Authorised Officer.

Persons converting to Camper/Motor Home must 1st pay the increased VRT. Cost is 13.5% of value. Owners should check with Revenue for further information.

  

Note: Incorrect seating: This is not an actual conversion or adaptation; in certain cases an incorrect number of seats may have been notified to revenue upon registration of the vehicle e.g. where a row of seats were removed to facilitate wheelchair access. In this situation the owner must seek confirmation of same from Revenue Commissioners and submit same with RF111 seeking to have the details amended.

 

 

Vehicle Records Search:

 

In circumstances where an owner has obtained a pre 1993 or vintage vehicle and is unable to locate ownership documents or complete a replacement document form as they have not got the full vehicle details they may request a vehicle record search.You must submit all available vehicle details on the Vehicle Record Search Enquiry form in order to facilitate a search.

In the first instance we shall search local archives if the vehicle was originally registered in Westmeath or forward a request to the original county of registration. If there is no record of your vehicle on local records we must request a more detailed search from the Department of Environment.

If the search confirms you as the owner we will require you to complete a Affidavit Form-Declaration Vehicle Acquired. We also require an exact date of sale as the vehicle will be transferred into your name with effect from this date. When this declaration is received we may then arrange for replacement documents. A €12 fee will apply.

If the details are not found you may have to re-register the tractor, the Vehicle Registration Unit in Tullamore will be able to assist you contact 0960421902.

  

Trade Plates 

Trade Plates are basically Dealer Plates issued to Motor Traders in order to transport vehicles on the road which may not yet have been registered or taxed.

In order to qualify for Trade Plates you must adhere to the following:

  • You must be a registered Garage
  • You must be paying Commercial rates on a premises or have a current planning application in relation to the intended premises

Trade Plates should be applied for with Trade Plate Application Form RF700.

When applying for Trade plates, the following information will be required:

  • Your Motor Dealer identity Number (Registered Garage No.)
  • Your VAT Number (if registered for vat, otherwise P.P.S.N. no. must be used)
  • Permises Rateable Valuation OR  A current (pending )Planning Application Number
  • Motor Trader Insurance details

For Motor Cycles ONE SET of Trade Plates consists of ONE plate

For All Other Vehicles ONE SET of Trade Plates consists of TWO plates. (One for the front and one for the rear of the vehicle.)

Trade Plate prices are as follows:

Category of Vehicle

Initial Trade

Replacement Trade

 

Licence/Plate

Licence/Plate

Motor Cycle only

€59 (single plate)

€38 (single plate)

All other vehicles

€353 (pair of plates)

€86 (pair of plates)

 -It is vital that motor traders, in their own interest, comply with the legislation attaching to trade licences issued by local licensing authorities (motor tax offices)- which will be strictly enforced by the Garda Siochana and the Revenue Commissioners. Persons convicted of trade licence offences are liable to heavy penalties and to loss of the right to hold a trade licence.

See Trade Plate Guidelines‌ -For further information on the use of Unregistered vehicles, please contact your  Local Vehicle Registration Office (Revenue  Commissioners)

 Trade Plates are issued upon application to garages registered with the Vehicle Registration Unit.

The following is required:

  • A Garage code issued by the Vehicle Registration Unit.
    If you need to apply for a Garage code, you should contact The Vehicle Registration Unit, Shannon Town Centre, Co Clare 061 365000.
  • Fully completed and signed Trade Plate Application Form RF700.
  • Evidence of registration for Value Added Tax number.
  • Evidence of valuation for Rating Purposes of the applicants premises
  • Correct Fee €353 as of Jan 2013

 

Applicants are asked to submit the application by post and will be contacted to arrange collection of plates when processed.

 

To register a vehicle in Ireland for the first time

 The Revenue Commissioners have appointed the National Car Testing Service (NCTS) to carry out a range of vehicle registration functions on their behalf.

From 1st September 2010, it will no longer be possible to register a vehicle at a Revenue Vehicle Registration Office (VRO). Instead, the vehicle must be brought to an NCT Centre for registration.

You must book your appointment with the NCTS within 7 days of the vehicle entering the State and have completed the registration within 30 days of the vehicle entering the State..

You may book an appointment by -

Phone: 01-4135992 or 1890412413

On-line: www.ncts.ie/vrt

For further information on how to register your vehicle, please log on to: www.ncts.ie/vrt

Information relating to Vehicle Registration Tax is available on www.revenue.ie/en/tax/vrt/index.html

 

National Car Test

Queries in relation to any aspect of the NCT should be directed to:
Customer Enquiries, National Car Testing Service (NCTS), Lakedrive 3026, Citywest Business Campus, Naas Road, Dublin 24.
Tel: 01-4135994; Fax: 01 - 413 5996; Email: info@ncts.ie

http://www.ncts.ie


Booking Number 01-4135992