Required Documents for Vehicle Licensing
In order to license a vehicle as an SPSV you must meet a number of requirements. You must:
- Hold a valid tax clearance certificate
- Have a vehicle insured to operate as an SPSV
- Have successfully completed an NCT roadworthiness test within 90 days of your vehicle inspection
These documents will be checked at time of booking. This means you must have the following documents to hand when calling to book any SPSV licensing appointment.
The booking agent will take these details and verify them before you can proceed for inspection.
Please read the detailed information below on how to obtain these documents.
An NCT roadworthiness certificate must be issued for the vehicle no more than 90 days before the date of your licensing appointment.
To book an NCT roadworthiness test please call the NCTS booking line on 01 413 5960, or visit www.NCTS.ie.
Your vehicle’s roadworthiness will be checked directly with the Department of Transport using your vehicle registration number.
Please note: You should ensure that all your documentation is in order at least 48 hours (2 working days) prior to booking your appointment to allow the Department of Transport time to update your details on their systems.
An NCT certificate is not required for a vehicle that is less than three months old and that has travelled less than 3,000 kilometres.
You must obtain insurance for the vehicle that covers its use as a small public service vehicle (SPSV). The Authority may check your insurance cover directly with the relevant insurance provider.
Please note: You must present a valid insurance disc on the day of inspection. The insurance disc must state the registration number of the vehicle to be licensed. If the vehicle is covered under fleet insurance and does not state the registration number, please ensure that the disc is valid and in date on the day of inspection.
Tax clearance certificate (TC2)
A tax clearance certificate can be obtained from your local Revenue office, by visiting www.revenue.ie, or by contacting your accountant. The name on your licence application and the name on the tax clearance certificate must match exactly (see table of examples below). If the name on the tax clearance certificate is not the same as that on the licence, you should contact the Revenue Commissioners.
This will be checked directly with Revenue using your PPS number. For your tax clearance status to be available online you must apply for a tax clearance certificate first. Again, you should ensure that all your documentation is in order at least 48 hours (2 working days) prior to booking your appointment to allow Revenue time to update your details on their systems.
Examples of how your details should match
|Name on licence||Name on tax clearance||Suitable for licensing|
|James Murphy||Jim Murphy||No|
|James Murphy Jnr||No|
|James Joseph Murphy||No|
|Séamus Ó Murchú||No|
|James J Murphy||No|