There are a Few Things you Need to do to Import a Car from the UK into Ireland:
- Inform the British Authorities that you’re importing a car with the correct documentation
To import a car from the UK into Ireland, you’ll need to first let the British authorities know you are exporting the car. You’ll get a V5C document, the equivalent of our Vehicle Registration Certificate, once ownership is transferred to you. At this point, you’ll need to complete the V5C/4 “Notification of Permanent Export” section of the V5C document and send it to the UK’s Driver & Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA), Swansea, SA99 1BD.
Hold on to the rest of your V5C document as you’ll need that for the Irish authorities. You should also have your UK car insured while it’s in Ireland.
Remember, if you’re travelling to the UK to collect the car in person, AA Membership will also cover you when driving in the UK.
- Ensure you Pay the right VRT and VAT Charges
There are two possible charges you will have to pay when importing a car from the UK into Ireland.
The first is a charge most imports will attract: Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT). VRT is not charged on a vehicle that you have used in another jurisdiction for more than 6 months, so if you have documentation to prove you were using this car abroad already, you won’t have to pay VRT. However, you’ll still have to make an appointment for a VRT inspection.
The second possible charge is VAT. This is only charged on a new car i.e. in service for 6 months or less or has been driven 6,000km or less. VAT in such a case is still applicable even if VAT was initially paid in another EU member state.
- Book a VRT Inspection with the NCTS
Once you’ve brought the car into Ireland, your first step will be to make an appointment with the NCTS for a VRT inspection, which they carry out on behalf of the Revenue Commissioners. This inspection will confirm that your vehicle is as described in your V5C document.
The Revenue Commissioners require the following documentation for the VRT inspection:
- Evidence of previous registration e.g. foreign certificate of registration, a certificate of permanent exportation or a certificate of de-registration, as appropriate.
- The vehicle’s invoice, which must have the date of purchase/sale clearly indicated
- Documentation verifying your name and address in the State (Utility Bill, Bank Statement etc.)
- Documentary evidence of your Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) e.g. a payslip, P60 or any documentation issued by the Revenue Commissioners which include your PPS number, name and address
Your VRT payment will depend on the Open Market Selling Price (OMSP) determined by the Revenue Commissioners.
The OMSP is the price the Revenue Commissioners understand the vehicle would be worth if sold in Ireland and the vehicle’s VRT liability is calculated as a percentage of the OMSP. This percentage varies, depending on the car’s CO2 emissions. VAT, if applicable, is also paid at this stage.
If you disagree with the vehicle’s OMSP, the Revenue will allow you to appeal it but you must initially pay the figure determined and if it’s revised downward, you will receive a refund.
- Finally, Pay the Relevant Motor Tax and Insurance
Following your appointment with the NCTS, they will give you a receipt for your VRT payment with the registration number assigned to the vehicle and form RF100, which you need when applying to pay motor tax. You can buy registration plates on-site at many NCT centres and other outlets nationwide; get these fitted as soon as possible as the car is no longer regarded as British and therefore can’t display UK number plates.
Once you then pay motor tax, insurance and arrange, if applicable, an NCT date, it’s an officially road-legal Irish car. Don’t forget to purchase AA Membership so you’re never left stranded on the road.
Also, while not a requirement it may be worth having your car examined by a mechanic to help ensure that your dream car doesn’t turn out to be a nightmare. From clocked mileages to hidden crash damage, our technicians will inspect every aspect of the car and its history to ensure you’re getting what you paid for!