NCT – National Car Test


The NCT is a mandatory exam that is performed on all cars in Ireland more than three years old. The test is carried out every two years. Once your car is ten years old, you must get the test every year. The NCT is a test to ensure that the car you drive is roadworthy and safe for you and others. It also helps the environment by reducing harmful emissions. It is run by Applus+ on behalf of the Road Safety Authority.

There are currently 47 test centres across Ireland, however they can be booked up in advance, so it is important to give yourself plenty of time when booking. You can now get three penalty points for not having a valid NCT on your car, so it is more important than ever to take the test. Click here to find your nearest test centre along with opening hours

  • Registration Plates
  • Exhaust Smoke (Diesel Cars)
  • Exhaust CO / HC / Lambda
  • Brake Pedal
  • Handbrake
  • Brake Imbalance / Performance
  • Brake Lines Hoses
  • Brake wheel units
  • Mechanical Brake Components
  • Brake Cylinder / Servo / Valves / Connections
  • Brake Fluid
  • Towing Bracket
  • Wipers / Washers
  • Seats
  • Glass / Windscreen
  • Mirrors
  • Horn
  • Speedometer
  • Seat Belts
  • Steering Wheel
  • Steering Linkage
  • Reflectors
  • Bodywork
  • Doors
  • Locks
  • All lights – including reversing light / fog lights / hazards / indicators / registration plate etc.
  • Headlamp condition and aim
  • Auxiliary Lamp condition / position & aim
  • Security System if applicable
  • Special Modifications on cars for disabled drivers
  • Front / Rear Wheel Side Slip
  • Front / Rear Suspension
  • Front Springs
  • Front / Rear Axle Suspension
  • Condition of Shock Absorber
  • Tyre Tread / Condition / Spec
  • Wheels inc Spare Wheel
  • Wheel Bearings
  • Chassis / Underbody
  • Electrics System
  • Transmission & Drive Train
  • Fuel System
  • Exhaust System / Noise

NCT – Frequently Asked Questions

Maurice Dunne Motors NCT – Frequently Asked Questions
Maurice Dunne Motors NCT – Frequently Asked Questions
Maurice Dunne Motors NCT – Frequently Asked Questions
  • Does every car have to take the test?

    • There are a number of exemptions,

      • Vehicles used only on islands.

      • Vehicles belonging to the Garda.

      • Vehicles belonging to the Army.

      • Vehicles belonging to the Fire Service.

      • Vehicles registered before 1980.

  • How do I know if I need an NCT?

  • How do I book an NCT?

  • Who does the test?

    • The Road Safety Authority currently has a company called Applus+ running the NCT. They have a proven track record and provide state of the art facilities for testing.

  • Is the test expensive?

    • The test costs €55. Any retests costs €28. If your retest does not require any equipment, then it is free of charge, example, replacing a bulb, wipers etc.

  • What if I have to cancel the NCT?

    • If you cancel less than five working days before the test, you will incur a €22 charge.

  • How can I pay for the test?

    • The test centres accept cash and all major credit cards, laser debit cards. If you pay online, the fee is not deducted until the test is performed at the centre.

  • What should I bring to the centre?

    • You will need to bring the cars registration book / cert, driver’s license and your payment.

  • Who enforces the NCT?

    • The Gardai check that your car has a valid NCT cert displayed on the windscreen. You can now get three penalty points for failing to display this. If you lose your disc / cert, you can get a replacement for a charge of €15.50.

This is intended as a guide only, for full details, please visit the NCT website