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Tax a goods vehicle for the first time

Applying to tax a goods vehicle in your name for the 1st time at the goods rate where the design gross vehicle weight does not exceed 3,500kg

Tax a vehicle - company, self employed or a sole trader

  1. RF111A Goods Only Declaration signed and stamped at local Garda Station. This declaration must contain details of the business the vehicle will be used for together with your income tax registration number.
  1. Current commercial insurance i.e. you have to submit the original insurance certificate for the vehicle. The insurance certificate should show that the carriage of goods in the course of trade or business is covered.
  1. Written confirmation from the Revenue Commissioners confirming that you are registered with them. (Please note this is not required in the case of a limited company.)
  • The Revenue confirmation letter must be current and include:
    1. Your name and address,
    2. Your revenue registered number,
    3. Your revenue status e.g. self employed/sole trader etc.,
    4. Your business/occupation.

      Also note that a herd number, flock number or tax clearance certificate will not suffice.

      Contact details for Revenue: 

      Revenue Commissioners,
      South West Registrations,
      River House,
      Charlotte Quay,
      Limerick. 
      Telephone: 1890 368 378

      Note the details relating to your business should match for Nos. 1, 2 and 3. 
  1. Your vehicle must have a current CVRT (commercial vehicle roadworthiness test) and tested at an approved DOE test centre. NSAI approved test centres in Co. Clare include:

    (i) Banner Test Centre, Darragh, Ennis
    (ii) Clare Vehicle Test Centre, Clarecastle

You do not have to submit a copy of the test along with your motor tax application, as the test will have been uploaded to the national database at the test centre.

If the application concerns tax class change to the goods carrying rate, the submission of the VRC will be required.

Only in the case of 1st time taxings of imported vehicles, you will need to submit a weight docket with your application.  

Please note if a vehicle is used in any private capacity i.e. social, pleasure or domestic purposes, it must be taxed at the private rate.

Tax a vehicle - Employee or PAYE worker

  1. RF111A Goods Only Declaration signed and stamped at local Garda Station. This declaration must contain details of the business the vehicle will be used for together with your income tax registration number.
  1. Official written confirmation letter on headed paper signed by your employer
  • The official letter from your employer must be current and include the following confirmation:
    1. The nature of the business,
    2. That you are an employee,
    3. That the vehicle is used by you solely for the carriage of goods in the course of your employment and the vehicle registration number,
    4. Your employer's Revenue registered number and your employer's address,
    5. Your PPS Number.

      Evidence of your income tax registration is also required e.g. European Health Insurance Card/Social Services Card or any correspondence from revenue within the last year showing your PPS number.

      Contact Details for Revenue: 

      Revenue Commissioners,
      South West Registrations,
      River House,
      Charlotte Quay,
      Limerick. 
      Telephone: 1890 368 378
  1. Current commercial insurance i.e. you have to submit the original insurance certificate for the vehicle. The insurance certificate should show that the carriage of goods in the course of trade or business is covered.

    Note the details relating to your business should match for Nos. 1, 2 and 3. 
  1. Your vehicle must have a current CVRT (commercial vehicle roadworthiness test) and tested at an NSAI approved DOE test centre. Approved test centres in Co. Clare include:

    (i) Banner Test Centre, Darragh, Ennis
    (ii) Clare Vehicle Test Centre, Clarecastle  

You do not have to submit a copy of the test along with your motor tax application, as the test will have been uploaded to the national database at the test centre

If the application concerns tax class change to the goods carrying rate, the submission of the VRC will be required.

Only in the case of 1st time taxings of imported vehicles, you will need to submit a weight docket with your application.  

Please note if a vehicle is used in any private capacity i.e. social, pleasure or domestic purposes, it must be taxed at the private rate.

This information leaflet (effective 30th November 2017) sets out the requirements for making application to tax a vehicle at the goods rate for the first time in your name. The requirements may be subject to change, as advised periodically by the authorised officer for Clare Motor Tax. 

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 08/12/17