Motor Tax FAQ


  1. Will my car be effected by the CO2 Emissions?
  2. If I taxed my 2008 car prior to 30 June 2008, what happens?
  3. What are the new CO2 Emissions band rates?
  4. What documents do I need to renew my tax?
  5. How should change of ownership be completed?
  6. How do I update changes to me or my vehicle since I last taxed?
  7. What is a goods Vehicle?
  8. When are arrears due?
  9. What if I lose of need to replace documents?
  10. What documents do I need to tax a new or imported vehicle privately for the first time?
  11. What do I need to make a Trade Plate application?
  12. What do I need to register my trailer for the first time?
  13. Can I renew my motor tax on-line?
  14. What do i do if i have lost my Renewal Pin?
  15. What do i require when taxing Commercially?


1) Will my car be effected by the CO2 Emissions?

All new cars registered from 1 July 2008 will have their motor tax rate based on the CO2 emissions level. The new CO2 based system will not apply to second-hand imports that were registered abroad prior to 2008.

Cars registered before 2008 (i.e.) cars in the current motor tax system before 2008 will continue to be taxed under the existing system related to engine size (cc).

From July 2008 there will be two separate tax systems for cars. Cars under the current motor tax system will continue to be taxed based on engine size (cc). New cars registered from 2008 will be taxed based on CO2 emissions level. New low CO2 emitting cars purchased in the first six months of 2008 will be switched to the CO2 system on first renewal of motor tax after July 1st 2008.

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2) If I taxed my 2008 car prior to 30 June 2008, what happens?

New cars registered between 1 January 2008 and 30 June 2008 will initially have their motor tax charged on the basis of the existing engine size (c.c.) system. However, a low CO2 emitting new car registered between 1 January 2008 and 30 June 2008 will have its motor tax switched to the lower CO2 based motor tax rate on first renewal of motor tax post 1 July 2008, when the new CO2 based system commences. New cars which are registered in the first 6 months of 2008 whose tax would be more under the new CO2 based system will continue to pay motor tax on the basis of engine size (c.c.).

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3) What are the new CO2 Emissions band rates?

Band CO2 Emissions – grams per kilometer Rate
A under 120 €104
B between 121 and 140 €156
C between 141 and 155 €302
D between 156 and 170 €447
E between 171 and 190 €630
F between 191 and 225 €1,050
G over 225 €2,100

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4) What documents do I need to renew my tax?

A fully completed and signed Renewal Form RF100A / RF100BCorrect Fee

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5) How should change of ownership be completed?

Both parties must complete Part B of the Vehicle Licensing Certificate or the reverse side of the Registration Certificate. Seller sends this document to the Vehicle Registration Unit who will update and issue a Registration Certificate to the new owner or submit to local tax office.Vehicle Registration Unit, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Shannon Town Centre, Shannon, Co Clare.

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6) How do I update changes to me or my vehicle since I last taxed?

Changes of name and/or address can be updated by completing the reverse side of the Vehicle Licensing Certificate or the Registration Certificate

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7) What is a goods Vehicle?

A Goods vehicle is a vehicle constructed or adapted for use and used for the conveyance of goods or burden of any other description in the course of trade or business.

The following conditions must be satisfied:

The goods carrying area must be greater than the seating area. All seats to the rear of the drivers seat to be removed and seat bolts holes welded over All rear seat belts removed and seat belt anchor points welded over

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8) When are arrears due?

Tax is issued from current month, arrears are payable for previous months not taxed if vehicle is in your name. Arrears are payable or Section 7 Declaration of Non-use of RF100A should be completed and stamped at Garda Station.

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9) What if I lose or need to replace documents?

Complete the Replacement Document Form RF134, declaring what document has been lost, destroyed or stolen. This form must be witnessed and stamped by the Garda and the correct fee.

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10) What documents do I need to tax a new or imported vehicle privately for the first time?

You will need a fully completed and signed RF 100 Form [This form is received by the customer from the garage of purchase for imported used vehicles it is received from the Revenue Commissioners] and the correct fee.

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11) What do I need to make a Trade Plate application?

You require a Garage code issued by the Vehicle Registration Unit. If you need to apply for a Garage code, you should contact The Vehicle Registration Unit, Shannon Town Centre, Co Clare 061 365000. Fully completed and signed Trade Licence Application Form RF700. Evidence of registration for Value Added Tax number. Evidence of valuation for Rating Purposes of the applicants premises and the correct fee.

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12) What do I need to register my trailer for the first time?

All trailers with a dgv weight of more than 3,500 kg must be registered at your local motor tax office, including brand new and imported trailers.
What you will need:
A fully completed and signed trailer / semi – trailer Form TF100.
A fully completed and signed trailer / semi-trailer identification certificate form TF300 – this form should be completed by the manufacturer/assembler of the Trailer or their authorized agent.
Fee of 60 euro.
Current certificate of roadworthiness – this only applies to imported trailers that have been registered abroad for one year or more and are intended for immediate use on the public roads.

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13) Can I renew my motor tax on-line?

YES, if there is a PIN number printed on the front of your Renewal Form RF100B. Log onto www.motortax.ie. You will require your PIN number from your RF100B, insurance details and credit card details.

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14) What do i do if i have lost my Renewal Pin?

A new link has been added for customers who have not received a reminder or have lost their reminder to go on-line and retrieve their PIN. The Customer must enter their registration number and address as it appears on their Vehicle Registration Certificate. The Customer must enter an email address where the PIN will be sent.

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15)What do i require when taxing Commercially?

NEW GOODS VEHICLES
RF100
Weight Docket
RF111A
Commercial Insurance as primary use and also,
Evidence that the business is registered with Revenue (one of the following):
Evidence of registration for VAT
Tax Clearance Certificate
Notice of Tax Registration Form
Tax Credit Certificate

If the person is an employee and uses their vehicle solely for the use of their employment, a letter may be sought from the employer on headed paper stating that the vehicle is used in the course of the person’s employment

CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP
RF100A
Weight Docket
RF111A (SIGNED & STAMPED BY GARDAI)
Commercial Insurance as primary use
Evidence that the business is registered with Revenue (one of the following):
Evidence of registration for VAT
Tax Clearance Certificate
Notice of Tax Registration Form
Tax Credit Certificate

DOE (if required)

If the person is an employee and uses their vehicle solely for the use of their employment, a letter may be sought from the employer on headed paper stating that the vehicle is used in the course of the person’s employment.

RENEWAL OF TAX (Vehicles under 1524 kg)
DOE if required
RF100A
RF111A-Signed (Not required to be signed by Gardai)
Commercial Insurance

RENEWAL OF TAX (Vehicles between 1524 kg & 3500 unladen)
RF100A
RF111A-Signed & Stamped by Gardai
DOE if required
Commercial Insurance

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