If you have purchased a new or used vehicle, it must be licensed with Licensing Services of the Department of Transport before you drive it on a road.
You could be fined if you drive an unlicensed vehicle on the road. Third Party Insurance does not cover unlicensed vehicles, so if you have an accident in an unlicensed car, you will be liable for any damage caused to property or person.
If there are no number plates on the vehicle, or the licence has expired by more than 15 days, you will need to re-licence the vehicle.
You can get information about how to licence your vehicle from the Department of Transport.
A ‘Temporary Movement Permit’ should be obtained before you drive the vehicle on the road for either repairs or licensing.
The vehicle must pass an examination for roadworthiness before it can be licensed.
Renewing your vehicle licence
You need to renew your vehicle licence either every six or 12 months. Generally a reminder notice is sent out. However this is only a courtesy and it is your responsibility to ensure the vehicle licence is current.
You can get information about how to renew your vehicle licence from the Department of Transport.
Transferring a vehicle licence
If you have bought a licensed second-hand vehicle you need to transfer the vehicle licence to your name. Stamp duty and transfer fees are payable at the current market value.
You can get information about how to transfer your vehicle licence from the Department of Transport.