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The testing of private vehicles (including second hand imports) commenced in Ireland on 4th January 2000. The test is known as the NCT (National Car Test).

Greenhills NCT Centre officially opened:


The Minister for Transport, Mr Noel Dempsey T.D officially opened the new NCT Centre in Greenhills, Tallaght, Dublin 24, this now brings the total number of NCTS centres nationwide to 46. The Greenhills centre consisting of 5 lanes is the fourth test centre in the Dublin Region and will serve people from South Dublin, West Wicklow and North Kildare. Click here to view some photos from the official opening.

The Minster also announced the new changes to the NCT which includes the annual inspection of vehicles 10 years and older















E-Mark on Tyres

An e-mark confirms that the tyre meets the minimum agreed standard in relation to its dimensions, load and speed rating. Click here for more information and to find out why it is important to have e-marked tyres.


7 additional items added

With effect from the 1st April 2010, an additional 7 items will be added to the National Car Test. Click here to view the full list of the main changes.

From the 1st January 2010, the owner/ presenter of the vehicle will be required to produce a form of identification (Driving Licence or Passport only) when presenting the vehicle for inspection at the Test Centre.

Applus+ was recently awarded the 10 year contract to manage the car testing service in Ireland, this contract also sees the construction and operation of an additional two centres which will see the current network increase to a total of 46 Inspection centres. Applus+ will provide a state of the art technical solution to support the annual inspection of over 1.4 million vehicles.


2 New Centres

From the 4th January, a further two centres have been added to the NCT network.

Carndonagh NCT Centre

Greenhills NCT Centre

Please click on the locations page for a directional map for these centres or if you wish to make a booking for one of these centres then phone our call centre on 1890 412 413.

The SPSV vehicle licensing service will cease to operate from NCT Centres from 23rd December 2009. From 4th January 2010 this service will now transfer to a new network of 37 regional centres operated by SGS Ireland on behalf of the Commission. Detailed locations will be sent individually to all licence holders ahead of their renewal dates. For more information please visit the dedicated site here


Don’t get the points

Did you know that from the 1st May 2009, driving a car without a valid NCT may attract up to five penalty points in addition to any fine imposed upon conviction in Court, for more information regarding the NCT and penalty points please refer to the Road Safety Authority or Penalty Points.

NCT Test Results: NCTS can now provide a monthly update of NCT pass/fail rates and year-to-date results for full tests and re-tests.