Implications of importing vehicles from Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Registering vehicles from Northern Ireland (NI)

Registering vehicles brought into NI before 1 January 2021

A vehicle brought into NI before 1 January 2021, and which has remained there since, can be registered in the State with no customs obligations. However, proof of the vehicle’s status in NI prior to 1 January 2021 will be required, for example:

  • a ferry ticket showing the date of arrival in NI, and which clearly identifies the specific vehicle
  • a copy of an invoice from a transport company identifying the vehicle and delivery date
  • tax and insurance details indicating use in NI
  • or
  • a copy of the V5 showing the last registered keeper in NI and a date of registration to that keeper prior to 1 January 2021.

Registering vehicles whose first UK registration after 31 December 2020 is in NI

A vehicle first registered in NI after 1 January 2021 can be registered in the State without providing proof of its customs status where it meets the following conditions:

  • the registration in NI was the first registration of the vehicle in the United Kingdom (UK)
  • and
  • the vehicle has never been exported and, or re-registered in, Great Britain or any other country outside the European Union. 

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