The National Car Test (NCT) was introduced on 4th January 2000 as part of an EU Directive that makes car testing compulsory in all member states. It is an offence to drive a car that is liable for testing without displaying a National Car Testing Service disc. Since 2000 onwards, all cars 4 years and over are tested. Vehicles that pass the test will have to undergo repeat tests every 2 years. Since June 2011, cars over 10 years old are tested each year.
Having a valid NCT is not a requirement when making a tax application.
You can replace your lost NCT Certificate/NCT Disc for a fee of €15.50 (correct at Nov 2017) once you complete an RF134 (pdf) Form (stating document required) and have it signed and stamped at a Garda Station. Send this form, and fee (bank draft/postal order) payable to Applus Car Testing Service Ltd to:
Test Certificate Administrator,
NCTS, Lakedrive 3026,
Citywest Business Campus,
An RF134 (pdf) Form is not required for a replacement NCT Report – a letter to the above address enclosing the above fee will suffice.
For further information, such as a list of test centres or booking a test - National Car Testing Services (NCTS) Ltd homepage is http://www.ncts.ie. You can also phone (01) 4135994 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .