Importing a Northern Ireland vehicle into Rep of Ireland

Here at Shelbourne Motors we have thousands of satisfied Rep of Ireland customers who buy new and used cars each year and export them into the Rep of Ireland and adhering fully to VRT regulations.

What can you expect from Shelbourne?

Fully assistance on VRT process from start to finish, we will help and advise you on the process and confirm the VRT rate for the vehicle you are considering purchasing here at Shelbourne Motors.

Below you will find some useful information on VRT.

VRT Useful Information

In general, all new motor vehicles and vehicles brought into Re of Ireland are subject toVehicle Registration Tax (VRT) and must be registered with the Revenue Commissioners. If you are moving to Ireland or are already living here and you are importing a car or other vehicle, you will need to do 3 things before you can drive your vehicle in Ireland:

  • Pay Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) (unless you are exempt)
  • Have motor insurance
  • Pay motor tax

All motorists are required to carry a valid driving licence with them at all times when driving in Ireland. Driving licences include learner permits full licences and international driving licences.

What is Vehicle Registration Tax?

Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) is a tax you must pay when you first register a motor vehicle in Ireland. If you have imported a vehicle, you must pay VRT and receive the vehicle's registration certificate showing that you have paid VRT. Any delay in registering your vehicle or paying Vehicle Registration Tax will make you liable to substantial penalties - including forfeiture of your vehicle and prosecution.

You must register the car and pay the VRT at a National Car Testing Service (NCTS) centre - see 'Rules' below. Your car will be examined to ensure that you are paying the correct VRT. In the case of cars and small vans, the amount of VRT payable is based on a percentage of the recommended retail price, which includes all taxes. This price is known as the Open Market Selling Price (OMSP). You can get an estimate of the VRT due from the Revenue Vehicle Registration Online Enquiry System.