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Tax a goods vehicle for the first time

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

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

You will need :

  1. A Goods Only Declaration Form ( Insert Form RF111A ) signed and stamped at your local Garda Station.
  2. Your original commercial insurance certificate for your vehicle. Your insurance certificate should indicate that your vehicle is covered for the carriage of goods in the course of your trade or business.
  3. Written confirmation from the Revenue Commissioners confirming that you are registered with them.
    Please note that if your vehicle is registered to a company, you do not need a confirmation letter from the Revenue Commissioners.
    If the vehicle is not registered to a company, but rather, is registered to a private individual, then written confirmation from the Revenue Commissioners is required or if the private individual is an employee of the company then please refer to Tax a vehicle - Employee or PAYE Worker

    The revenue confirmation letter must be current and include:
    • Your name and address,
    • Your revenue registered number,
    • Your revenue status e.g. self employed/sole trader etc.,
    • Your business/occupation.

    Note: Details relating to your business should match for Nos. 1, 2 and 3.
  4. 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:
    • Banner Test Centre, Darragh, Ennis
    • Clare Vehicle Test Centre, Clarecastle

Things to note before submitting your application

  • You do not have to submit a copy of the CVRT test along with your motor tax application, as the test result will have been uploaded to the national database at the test centre.
  • If your motor tax application requires a tax class change to the goods carrying rate, you will need to submit the VRC with your application.
  • If you have imported your vehicle and you wish to tax it for the first time, you will need to submit a weight docket with your motor tax application.  
  • Remember if a vehicle is used in any private capacity i.e. social, pleasure or domestic purposes, it must be taxed at the private motor tax rate.

Tax a vehicle - Employee or PAYE worker

You will need :

  1. A Goods Only Declaration Form ( Insert Form RF111A as pdf here ) which needs to be signed and stamped at your local Garda Station.
  2. Your original commercial insurance certificate for your vehicle. Your insurance certificate should indicate that your vehicle is covered for the carriage of goods in the course of your trade or business.
  3. A confirmation letter printed on headed paper and signed by your Employer dated within 12 months of your application.

    The employer confirmation letter must include the following:
    • The nature of the business/company,
    • Confirm that you are an employee of the business/company,
    • Confirm that the vehicle is used by you solely for the carriage of goods in the course of your employment.
    • The vehicle registration number,
    • Detail your Employer's Revenue registration number and your Employer's address,
    • Your PPS Number.
    • Evidence of your PPS Number. e.g. Payslip/European Health Insurance Card/Social Services Card or any correspondence from the Revenue Commissioners within the last year showing your PPS number.

    Note the details relating to your business should match for Nos. 1, 2 and 3.
  4. 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:
    • Banner Test Centre, Darragh, Ennis
    • 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.

Contact details for Revenue:

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

Page last reviewed: 02/08/18

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