In general, a conversion means that you modify the characteristics of a vehicle to change either the:
- type approval
- the details given at registration
There are three ways in which a vehicle can be converted:
- converting a new and unregistered vehicle
- converting a vehicle registered outside of Ireland before registration in Ireland
- converting a vehicle already registered in Ireland.
Vehicles never registered before
A vehicle must have type-approval to be registered in Ireland. The usual evidence is a Certificate of Conformity issued by the manufacturer.
The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) issues the certificate for a new vehicle converted in Ireland or elsewhere.
You must have the NSAI certificate with you when you go to register the converted vehicle.
Vehicles registered abroad
In cases where a vehicle was registered abroad a Declaration of Conformity and Suitably Qualified Individual declaration must be presented.
This form must be used where you have changed any of the following:
- the EU vehicle category
- the number of seats
- the number of seatbelt fittings
- the EU Body Work Code
- the mass in service
- the number of doors
- and, or
- the number of windows.
Vehicles registered in Ireland
In most cases there is no need to make a declaration to Revenue. You do not have to make a declaration if the vehicle category at J1 on the Vehicle Registration Certificate is A.
However, you must make a declaration if the category is B, C or D (or is blank) and you:
- added seats and the new total (including the driver) is nine seats or less
- removed seats from a vehicle that had 10 seats or more and now has nine seats or less (driver included)
- have converted the vehicle to a motor caravan.
In these cases, you must post the Declaration of Conversion, the related SQI declaration, and other supporting documents, to:
Central Vehicle Office
You must include:
- a copy of the Vehicle Registration Certificate (both sides)
- the invoice(s) showing the costs of conversion
- in the case of a motor caravan a minimum of six photographs showing the full interior including:
- at least one photograph from the front of the living area looking rearward
- one from the rear of the living area looking forward showing the full interior layout
- a minimum of four photographs showing the full exterior, one of which must include the registration plate of the vehicle.
Next: Suitably Qualified Individual (SQI)