Importing a car from the North into the Republic of Ireland is relatively simple, just follow the steps outlined below:
Vehicle Registration Tax must be paid on registration of every vehicle in the Republic of Ireland. It is calculated by the Vehicle Registration Office (VRO) after inspection of the vehicle.
When you come to pick up your car from Bells we will provide you with the V5 (vehicle registration document) which you will need to present to your local VRO. We will also help you fill out the VRT4 form which you will also need in order to register your car when you get home. You will need to bring a bankers draft made payable to Bells Crossgar at the exchange rate on the day, unless a rate has previously been agreed.
Once back in the Republic you will need to register your car by the end of the next working day. This can be done at any one of the 23 Vehicle Registration Offices around the country. Find your local VRO here: http://www.revenue.ie/en/contact/index.html
When registering your car remember to bring:
You can pay by bankdraft, money order, or laser debit card. Please note that laser debit card payments are subject to a limit of €1500. Unguaranteed cheques may also be accepted in payment subject to the following conditions:
You then will receive:
Registration plates showing the assigned registration number must be displayed on your car within 3 days of the date of registration. You can obtain these from any garage or motor dealer.
Your car becomes liable for road tax when it is first used in a public place.
When you are applying for first road tax you must present the following documents at the motor taxation office:
You will receive your new Irish registration certificate after you have applied for road tax.
Please Note: If your car is over four years old you need to go through the NCT (National Car Testing) process. Access the Irish Tax and Customs website for more advice.