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Motor Tax in Ireland

It is a legal requirement in Ireland to have motor tax if you want to drive your vehicle in a public place. Motor tax is a charge imposed by the Government on some motor vehicles. The revenue from this tax is used to maintain and upgrade the road network in Ireland. Motor tax is collected by your local authority on behalf of the Government.

Not only are you obliged by law to pay motor tax to drive your vehicle, you are also required to display evidence that you have paid (i.e., a current tax disc) on the windscreen of your vehicle. Failure to display a current tax disc on your vehicle is considered a motoring offence and will result in an on-the-spot fine issued by a traffic warden or a Garda.

The Citizens Information website contains a wealth of information on this topic, including:

  • Exempted vehicles
  • Rates
  • How to apply
  • Renewing your motor tax
  • Taxing your car online
  • Refunds of motor tax
  • Where to apply

For further information please visit – – Motor tax in Ireland

Cross-border issues

Border People FAQs Motoring

Q: I own a car in NI and travel over and back to Ireland a lot.  Do I need to pay car tax in both NI and Ireland?

A: No, not if your main residence is in NI and that your car is registered and taxed in NI.   You will only need to re-register and tax the car in Ireland if your main residence is there.

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Page last checked: February 2016

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