Motor registration department
Motor Tax/Vehicle Registration-NVDF
The National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF) is a database containing details of all 2.5 million registered vehicles and their owners as well as the 2.6 million licensed drivers in the country. The system which is maintained and supported by the Driver and Vehicle Computer Services Division of the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport, located in Shannon, Co. Clare, is central to the processing of motor tax and driving licence business through which in excess of €1 Billion is collected annually. The NVDF also fulfills legal obligations in relation to the national driver and vehicle registers.
The NVDF supports motor tax and driving licence services for all users across in motor tax offices and other outlets throughout the country, the internet based Online Motor Tax and Change of Vehicle Ownership services and at Shannon where data processing of change of vehicle ownership notices takes place.
The NVDF provides the basis for a number of services. For further details click on one of the following links:
The National Vehicle Driver File (NVDF) contains some data components of a personal and sensitive nature and the system is operated and administered in accordance with best data protection practices. The system is registered with the Data Protection Commissioner under Reference Number – Ref 10923/A. In terms of providing approved third parties with access to NVDF data, all large volumes of data are sent by secure channel or downloaded via staging server. All data supplied is encrypted. Infrequent or low volume data requests are facilitated through web read-only access via a secure logon.
The Department’s Data Protection Policy has been updated in line with the General Data Protection Regulations. There are downloadable privacy notices available for every Motor Tax form and for every Trailer Licence form.
Pay or Renew Your Motor Tax
Motor tax can be renewed online for most cars through the online service at www.motortax.ie. Motor tax can also be paid at the motor tax offices of your Local Authority. Further details on motor tax including Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Motor Tax System for New Cars, as well as download versions of motor tax forms are available at www.motortax.ie. The Online Motor Tax (OMT) service enables vehicle owners to pay their motor tax by secure link over the internet thus avoiding attendance at local motor tax offices or making application by post. Full details on the OMT service including the types of vehicles which may be taxed online and the procedures associated with online taxing involving the Personal Identification No. (PIN) are contained on the OMT website www.motortax.ie.
It is now possible for the owners of commercial vehicles to renew the tax over the internet. Vehicles must have a current roadworthiness certificate and in the case of light goods vehicles (vehicles whose design gross vehicle weight is less than 3,500 kg), the owner must have already submitted form RF111A (declaration that the vehicle will only be used as a goods carrying vehicle in the course of the owners business) to the local motor tax office.
New arrangements apply to declaring a vehicle off the road for motor tax purposes from 1 July 2013. The new system requires a vehicle owner to declare their vehicle off the road in advance by completing form RF150 – Declaration of Non-Use of a Motor Vehicle. This will replace the system whereby owners declare a vehicle off the road retrospectively when seeking to tax a vehicle. There is a three month transition period from 1 July 2013 to 30 September 2013 during which those in arrears must pay the arrears and either take out a new vehicle licence or make a declaration of non-use i.e. inform the motor tax authorities of their intention not to use the vehicle in a public place. Those whose vehicles have not been on the road must make a declaration of non-use for the period in question (Garda witnessed signature on motor tax renewal form) and either take out a new vehicle licence or make a declaration of non-use (Form RF150).
Following the end of the transition period, the current system whereby a person can go to a Garda Station and make a declaration that a vehicle was off the road, without having to pay arrears, will cease, and owners will be liable to pay all motor tax arrears before a new licence can be issued in respect of the vehicle.