Change of Ownership
If you sell, trade-in or otherwise dispose of your vehicle to another person, you must change the name of the ‘Registered Owner’ to the new owner. Otherwise you will continue to be responsible for parking or other offences relating to the vehicle. If you are disposing of the vehicle to a company see note below. You cannot tax your new vehicle until the registration of the change of ownership has gone through.
The way you change ownership depends on when your vehicle was first registered:
- Registered on or after January 1st 1993
- Registered before January 1st 1993
Vehicles First Registered on or after January 1, 1993
Step 1: Complete relevant section on Vehicle Registration Certificate
You must ensure that the change of ownership section on the back of the Vehicle Registration Certificate is completed by you as the current registered owner and also by the new owner.
You should have received the vehicle registration cert when you first taxed the vehicle.
Vehicles registered on of after 28/05/2004 are issued with a vehicle registration certificate, and any vehicle registered on or after 01/01/1993 that changed ownership on or after 28/05/2004 would also have been issued with a vehicle registration certificate.
If your vehicle registration certificate is missing, you must apply for a replacement. Find out how to get a replacement.
Step 2: Send the completed certificate to -Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Computer Services Division,
Shannon Town Centre,
Phone: 0818 411 412
Step 3: New ownership details will be processed
The new ownership details will then be processed and the documents updated.
Vehicles First Registered before January 1, 1993
Complete a Change of Ownership Form RF200
You must complete Parts A and C of the form.
The new owner must then complete Part B of the form.
When this has been done, give Part C to the new owner.
You must then send Parts A and B with the registration book to your local motor tax office where the new owners details will be recorded.
If the new owner is a motor dealer, you should send parts A and B to your local motor tax office and hand the registration book to the motor dealer.
If the Registration Book is missing, you must apply for a replacement. Find out how to get a replacement.
The new ownership details will then be processed and you will no longer be the registered owner of the vehicle.
Change Ownership to a Company
If you are disposing of the vehicle to a registered company (as registered under the Companies Act ), the name and address of the company as stated in its Certificate of Incorporation should be used and the signature must be that of the Managing Director or Secretary
If the new owner is a private firm, the name by which it is commonly known AND the full name(s) of the owner(s) / partner(s) should be used and the signature must be that of the owner(s)/partner(s).
Motor dealers should have sight of the Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC) before entering into any purchase arrangement.
The online change of vehicle ownership service at www.motortrans.ie requires identity details of the VRC to enable transactions to proceed.
However aside from the online service there are instances where dealers purchase vehicles and do not obtain possession of the VRC.
In such a case, the seller of the vehicle must obtain a replacement VRC by completing form RF134 (PDF, 25 KB) and paying the appropriate fee.
Procedures to follow where documents to complete a change of ownership are not available
A statutory declaration may be made by the new owner of the vehicle. The Statutory Declaration form will be issued to the new owner,on request, by the Motor Tax Office. On the instructions of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the statutory declaration cannot be downloaded and must be requested directly by the new owner from the Motor Tax Office.
The Driver and Vehicle Computer Services Division, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shannon Town Centre, Shannon deal with applications relating to vehicles registered after 1st January 1993 and the Motor Tax Office deal with applications relating to vehicles registered before 1st January 1993.
The detailed requirements are set out out in the notes at the back of the form and must be complied with in full.
If the motor tax on your new vehicle has already expired, you are not liable for the arrears period from the expiry of the last tax disc to the end of the month immediately preceding the date you bought it.
It is an offence to drive without paying motor tax, so you should not drive until you have received confirmation that the registration has occurred, and you have paid the motor tax.
Once the Change of ownership is complete and you are the registered owner you can then renew the motor tax on the vehicle online or using Form RF100A - PDF HERE