Change of Ownership

Please note that the onus is on the seller to ensure that all paperwork is properly completed and sent to the appropriate office

Ownership Documents

Registration Certificate - New Format

Combination of the old Vehicle Registration and Vehicle Licensing Certificates From 31st May, 2004, a new Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC) has come into use. The VRC will be issued by the Vehicle Registration Unit VRU of the Department of Transport, Shannon, Co. Clare. It replaces the registration certificate currently issued by the Revenue Commissioners and the licensing certificate currently issued by DoEHLG. The new VRC will be used throughout the EU for identification of the vehicle in international traffic and for its re-registration in another member state. The VRC will be issued by the VRU after the vehicle is first licensed for use on the public road. The VRC will show details of the vehicle such as make, model, colour, body type, etc. Information leaflets for further details are available from the Motor Tax Office.

If your VRC has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you must apply for a replacement at the motor taxation office with form RF134 completed at a Garda Station, and €12.00 fee

Log Book - This old-style logbook is only for vehicles registered before 1993.

Vehicle Licensing Certificate (V.L.C.) & Vehicle Registration Certificate (V.R.C.) Old Format

Private Owner to Private Owner. Vehicles registered on/after 01/01/93

Both parties must complete Part B of the Vehicle Licensing Certificate, or the reverse side of the Registration Certificate. The seller should then send this document to the Vehicle Registration Unit who will update the NDVF computer records and issue a Registration Certificate to the new owner. The new owner must wait until the vehicle has been transferred into their name on the NDVF computer records before they can tax the vehicle at there local motor tax office. However, if the new owner wishes to tax the vehicle and they are in possession of either the VLC or the Registration Certificate they can than bring either of these documents, once fully completed and signed by the seller, to their local motor tax office where the NDVF computer records can then be updated. The customer must than submit a completed RF100A together with the relevant documentation in order tax the vehicle.

Private Owner to Private Owner. Vehicles registered in Ireland before 01/01/93

Both parties must complete a Notification of Transfer of Ownership Form RF200. The seller then sends this form, along with the Registration (Log) Book, to their local Motor Taxation Office. The Motor Taxation Office will update the NDVF computer records and send the Registration (Log) Book to the new owner. However, if the new owner wishes to tax the vehicle and they are in possession of either the logbook, the VLC or the Registration Certificate they can than bring either of these documents, once fully completed and signed by the seller, to their local motor tax office where the NDVF computer records can then be updated. The customer must than submit a completed RF100A together with the relevant documentation in order tax the vehicle.

Private Owner to Private Owner. Changes of Ownership before first taxation of the vehicle

The registered owner of the vehicle notifies the Vehicle Registration Unit in writing (no special form required) of the new owner’s name and address and the date of transfer of ownership accompanied by form RF100. The Vehicle Registration Unit will then update the computer records and an RF100 will be issued to the new owner.

Private Owner to Motor Dealer. Vehicles registered on/after 01/01/93

Both parties must complete a Notification of Transfer of Ownership to a Motor Dealer Form RF105. The Motor Dealer then sends this document to the Vehicle Registration Unit who will update the NDVF computer records. The Vehicle Licensing Certificate, or the Registration Certificate, must also be signed by the seller of the vehicle and given to the Motor Dealer.

Private Owner to Motor Dealer. Imported vehicles re-registered in Ireland on/after 01/01/93

Both parties must complete a Notification of Transfer of Ownership to a Motor Dealer Form RF105. The Motor Dealer then sends this document to the Vehicle Registration Unit who will update the computer records. The Vehicle Licensing Certificate, or the Registration Certificate, must also be signed and given by the seller of the vehicle to the Motor Dealer

Private Owner to Motor Dealer. Vehicles registered in Ireland before 01/01/93

Both parties must complete a Notification of Transfer of Ownership Form RF200. The Motor Dealer should always insert their Dealer Code on form. The seller then sends this form to their local Motor Taxation Office, where the Motor Dealer will be recorded as the registered owner. The Registration (Log) Book should be retained by the Motor Dealer

Private Owner to Motor Dealer. Changes of Ownership before first taxation of the vehicle

Both parties must complete a Notification of Transfer of Ownership to a Motor Dealer Form RF105. The Motor Dealer then sends this document to the Vehicle Registration Unit who will update the computer records. The registered owner selling the vehicle must also give the RF100 Form to the Motor Dealer.

Motor Dealer to Private Owner. Vehicles registered on/after 01/01/93

Both parties must complete Part B of the Vehicle Licensing Certificate, or the reverse side of the Registration Certificate in the possession of the Motor Dealer. The VLC or Registration Certificate will usually be in the name of and signed by the previous registered owner. The Motor Dealer then sends this document to the Vehicle Registration Unit who will update the NDVF computer records and issue a Registration Certificate to the new owner. The new owner must wait until the vehicle has been transferred into their name on the NDVF computer records before they can tax the vehicle at their local motor tax office. However, if the new owner wishes to tax the vehicle and they are in possession of either the VLC or the Registration Certificate they can than bring either of these documents, once fully completed and signed, to their local motor tax office where they can apply for motor tax once all the necessary documentation is submitted.

Motor Dealer to Private Owner. Vehicles registered in Ireland before 01/01/93

Both parties must complete a Notification of Transfer of Ownership Form RF200. The Motor Dealer then sends this form, along with the Registration (Log) Book, to their local Motor Taxation Office. The Motor Taxation Office will update the computer records and send the Registration (Log) Book to the new owner. However, if the new owner is in possession of the completed RF200 and the log book they can bring these documents to their local motor tax office where they can apply for motor tax once all the necessary documentation is submitted.

Motor Dealer to Private Owner. Changes of Ownership before first taxation of the vehicle

The Motor Dealer notifies the Vehicle Registration Unit in writing (no special form required) of the new owner's name and address and the date of transfer of ownership accompanied by form RF100. The Vehicle Registration Unit will then update the computer records and an RF100 will be issued to the new owner.