Taxing your Vehicle

information on How to tax a vehicle

Taxing Your Vehicle.

  1. Private Cars/Motorcycles/Tractors
  2. Commercial Vehicles/Articulated Vehicles
  3. Buses/Public Service Vehicles
  4. Youth/Community Buses

Private Cars/Motorcycles/Tractors

1. For First Taxing of a New or imported privately taxed vehicle you need:

  • Completed Application Form RF100 (this form should be given to you by your car dealer if purchased new or by your NCTS Centre if imported or used.)
  • Appropriate Fee.
  • Insurance details.

2. To renew Motor Tax

3. To renew tax with a break in the tax period:

4. To renew tax where the vehicle particulars have changed: e.g: tax class, engine size etc.

For changes of engine, the following should also be complied with:

The owner should submit a letter from the Main Dealer on headed paper confirming that a change of engine has taken place and giving the engine capacity of the new engine - this should be signed and dated by a representative of the Main Dealer.

Contact will be made with the Main Dealer to validate the foregoing.



Owners of Goods Vehicles registered in their names with design gross vehicle weight of 3500kg or less can obtain a goods rate of motor tax when they have a business or trade registered with the Revenue Commissioners.

Documents Required: RF100 (1st Taxing of new/imported vehicle
RF100(A) (renewal of tax/change of ownership) download application form
Weight Docket (from Authorised Weighbridge)
Commercial Insurance Certificate
Vehicle Registration Certificate (if change of tax class, change of weight etc.)
RF111A (plus proof of business registration see
notes below) download application form

RF111A Notes

To avail of the goods rate a signed and stamped Goods Only Declaration (Form RF111A) with supporting evidence of registration of business/trade with the Revenue Commissioners must be submitted when taxing the vehicle for the first time (new or imported), or following change of ownership, or change of tax class.

Any one of the following documents will be accepted as proof of business registration with Revenue (document should be dated within the last 12 months).


- Evidence that registered owner of the vehicle is registered for VAT/Tax e.g. letter from Revenue, letter from business/trader's Auditors/Accountants which states VAT/tax registration number.
- Tax Clearance Certificate in name of registered owner of vehicle from Revenue, or print-out from R.O.S (Revenue) showing tax registration number/VAT number for registered owner.
- Copy of "Notice of Tax Registration Form" in name of registered owner (issued to sole traders/businesses when setting up new business).
- Letter from Revenue seeking submission of current annual accounts. (Issued to business/sole traders annually).


NB: Vehicle Owners who cannot produce proof of business registration as above must tax the Vehicle at the private rate based on engine size




Limited Companies: Submission of Certificate of Incorporation is required for goods taxing where a vehicle is to be registered in the name of a limited company. The CRO website will be used to verify whether a company is currently registered or not.

Sole Traders: (single owner) and those with the designation of trading as or t/a must apply to Revenue when establishing their business and will receive a "Notice of Tax Registration" as a once off process. Thereafter, Revenue issue annual requests for accounts in respect of the business. The most recent of these documents issued in the name of the registered owner of the vehicle can be accepted as proof of registration with Revenue.

New Businesses/Trade: Vehicle owners who indicate that they have just started a new business must tax the vehicle at the private rate initially until they can produce the Notice of Tax Registration from Revenue for their business or trade.

Employees: Employees can tax a vehicle which is being used ONLY for their employers business use, providing that the Declaration of Use of Employee's Vehicle in Course of Employer's Business (attached) is completed by the Employer either,
i. on employer's headed paper, which must show the Employer's Revenue Registration No. , or
ii. (ii) on plain paper but stamped by the Employers business stamp, which must show the Employers Revenue Registration No. or
iii. If neither the headed paper, nor the business stamp contain the Employers Revenue Registration number, additional proof of the Employers Revenue Registration (see Proof of Business Registration above) must be submitted.

Farming family members who want to tax a vehicle at the goods rate but do not own the family farm, or do not have evidence of registration of the farm business with the Revenue Commissioners, can only tax a vehicle as goods if they are an employed on the farm and must submit a Declaration of Use of Employee's Vehicle in Course of Employer's Business (attached) in accordance with either (i), (ii) or (iii) above as per employees.

Sub-contractors of companies and businesses must be registered themselves as a business/trade with Revenue in order to avail of the goods rate of tax.


Further details maybe required at the discretion of Kilkenny Motor Tax Office. 



Declaration of Use of Employee's Vehicle in Course of Employer's Business


(To be accompanied by proof of the Employers VAT or Revenue Registration number)



I confirm that _____________________________________ (Name of Employee)


is a PAYE employee (PPS No. ___________________)


of _____________________________________________ (Name of Company/Employer)



_______________________________________________ (Address of Company/Employer)




_______________________________________ (Employer's Revenue Registration No.)


and is required to use his/her Goods Vehicle Registration No. __________________

for the conveyance of goods/burden in the course of his/her trade or employment

with this business as indicated below. The vehicle is used for








Signed: _________________________ Date: ____________________








Buses/Public Service Vehicles

For first taxating of a new or imported bus or public service vehicle you need:

-Completed application form RF100 (available from Garage, or if imported from NCTS)
-PSV Licence, School Bus Licence (Article 60), Taxi, Hackney or Limousine Licence
-Appropriate fee
-Insurance Details
-Current CRW for imported vehicles over 1 year old

To renew motor tax you need:

-Completed application form RF100A (download motor tax renewal application form) or RF100B
-PSV Licence, School Bus Licence (Article 60), Taxi, Hackney or Limousine Licence
-Appropriate Fee
-Current Certificate of Roadworthiness / NCT Cert
-Insurance Details

Taxi/Bus Licencing - see National Transport Authority -

Youth/Community Buses

Youth/Community Buses are vehicles owned and operated by Charitable or Non-Profit Organisations or Youth/Community Groups which attracts a reduced rate of tax. The vehicle must have a minimum number of 9 passenger seats.

When a Youth/Community bus is being taxed, the tax application must be accompanied by a letter from the organization, on Headed paper and signed by the Chairperson/Director of the organization, stating the details of the use of the vehicle.

To renew motor tax you need:

-Completed application form RF100A (download motor tax renewal application form) or RF100B
-Appropriate Fee
-Current Certificate of Roadworthiness
-Insurance Details
-Letter from the organization as stated above.


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