There are three things you will need to drive your car in Ireland:
- Motor Insurance
The car you are buying at a dealership should have a valid NCT. Remember to make sure that you have motor insurance for it before picking it up. Sometimes the automobil still has a current tax disc, other times it doesn’t. You will find out on site.
After you have bought the car the dealer will send the Registration Certificate along with your details to the Department of Transportation which will update the name and address of the owner and issue a new certificate. You will receive the new registration within 5-7 days along with the PIN which you will need to login online.
To renew the tax of your car go to www.motortax.ie
You will need:
- registration number
- policy number and expiration date of your car insurance
There, follow the steps given, e. g. checking if all data (car details, your name, your address) are correct, entering in the motor insurance number and date and select which time period (3, 6 or 12 months) you want the tax for. Enter your credit card details to pay. After all is complete, print the confirmation that is shown on screen for your records. Hold on to it until you received the tax disc by post.
For more information check the Motortax Website. For example, you can find out more about the Motor Tax Rate for your car or the car you want to buy — if you have its registration number ready. They provide pages of information including answers to FAQ.