Mutual Recognition of EU Certificates

If you’re the registered owner of an imported second-hand commercial vehicle from another EU Member State and the vehicle has a current valid out-of-state roadworthiness certificate at the time the vehicle was registered in Ireland, you can have the unexpired portion of the certificate verified by the RSA, who will then amend the test record for your vehicle accordingly. If you do not have your out-of-state roadworthiness certificate verified, your vehicle will be due a CVR test in line with the date the vehicle is registered in Ireland. However, the EU Member State roadworthiness certificate must still be valid under Irish legal testing rules.

Roadworthiness certificates for commercial vehicles are recognised through the RSA, as we are the competent authority for commercial vehicle testing in Ireland. 

Please note: We will no longer issue an Irish certificate of roadworthiness to display on the vehicle.

NOTE: THAT CERTIFICATES ISSUED BY TESTING AUTHORITIES OUTSIDE THE STATE IN RESPECT OF VEHICLES WHICH ARE ALREADY REGISTERED HERE AND THEREFORE ARE NOT BEING IMPORTED WILL NOT BE RECOGNISED AND INSTEAD MUST BE TESTED AT A CVR TESTING CENTRE.

Brexit: As a result of Brexit, the recognition of UK-issued certificates of roadworthiness has ceased and we are no longer accepting applications. Any commercial vehicle which is over one year old and imported from the UK (including Northern Ireland) is required to undergo a CVR Test. The due date for the test is the date of registration in Ireland.

How to have an EU Member State roadworthiness certificate recognised in Ireland:

Download a roadworthiness certificate recognition application form (PDF)​​​​​​​

  • Complete the form and scan both the form and the original or a certified true copy of your out-of-state roadworthiness certificate.
  • Email the application with all relevant attachments tocvrtadmin@rsa.ie

What if I don’t have a copy of the out-of-state roadworthiness certificate?

We can’t process an application for recognition of an out-of-state roadworthiness certificate without the original or certified true copy. If you don’t have a copy, you should contact the seller of the vehicle and ask them to send the original out-of-state certificate to you.

Processing your application

When we receive your application we will:

  • Review it to ensure it’s complete
  • Check that your out-of-state roadworthiness certificate is valid with the authorities from the relevant country of origin for the vehicle
  • Review the duration of your out-of-state roadworthiness certificate to ensure its valid based on Irish testing rules and CRW durations.
  • Update our database with the new test due date

If your application does not meet any of the criteria listed above, we’ll return it to you outlining the reasons why your application was unsuccessful.

If your application is successful, we will update our records with the test due date for the vehicle. We will no longer issue an Irish certificate of roadworthiness to display on the vehicle.

​Queries or questions 

If you have any queries about EU recognition certificates, please contact us: 

CVRT Admin Section
Tel: 091 872600
Email: cvrtadmin@rsa.ie

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