Please note that if the previous holders or owners of the vehicle have any overdue vehicle taxes, this will prohibit you from using the vehicle. The due date of the previous holder's or owner's current vehicle tax period may not yet have passed, which means that the tax will fall due only after you have bought the vehicle. To check whether your vehicle has any due or overdue vehicle taxes, use Traficom’s e-Services (External link) More information about how you can pay your vehicle tax (External link)
How to act
You should only buy a vehicle from the owner entered in the register. This avoids problems related to ownership, motor vehicle liability insurance and vehicle tax. As the buyer you can insist that the seller register the vehicle in their own name before the deal.
You must not drive a vehicle that has been decommissioned (External link) before is has been commissioned (External link) for use on the road. Even if it is fitted with registration plates, the vehicle may still have been decommissioned. The consequence of using a vehicle that has been decommissioned is a tax surcharge of at least 1,000 Euros.
A certificate is a digital code that is valid for two weeks. You can use it to register the vehicle to yourself using Traficom’s or your insurance company's electronic service (External link), or at a registration office.
You can use certificate of transfer as a deed of sale or certificate of transfer of ownership. Keep the certificate of transfer in case of any possible disagreements.
If the vehicle has been commissioned, motor vehicle liability insurance is a prerequisite for registering a change of owner . Take out car insurance within 7 working days after the transaction.
Insurance companies’ services (External link) enable you to insure a car and register a change of owner at the same time.
The instructions above are sufficient for most transactions. Sometimes additional advice may, however, be required. These are the most common exceptional situations: