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A registered owner must be recorded against each vehicle and in the event of failure to establish the correct credentials of a new owner the seller’s name remains on record.
That person remains liable for any charges which arise in relation to the vehicle including motor tax and any penalties which may be incurred (parking, traffic violations etc.).
The NVDF also plays a critical role in the collection of motor tax where over €1.1 billion was collected in 2013 (motor tax office and online transactions) with a further estimated €500 million derived from other activities such as parking enforcement where NVDF data is essential.
The NVDF also fulfils legal obligations in relation to the recording of penalty points and provides vehicle and driver related statistical analyses to assist with the business objectives of a range of stakeholders.
Motor dealers are involved in the majority of vehicle sale and purchase transactions and the Department has an E- Government service which enables approved dealers notify these vehicle ownership changes to the NVDF over the internet at The online facility can only be used by dealers who have been approved by the Department for the submission of details by electronic means.
The completed form and registration (log) book must be submitted to your local motor tax office.
The National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF) constitute the national driver and vehicle registers and has a legal basis in Section 60 of the Finance Act 1993.
The NVDF database contains details in respect of the registered vehicles (2.4 million currently taxed) and 2.65 million licensed drivers in the country.
The Vehicle Licensing Certificate predates the Vehicle Registration Certificate and ceased to be issued in May 2004.
However this Certificate may still be associated with vehicles registered before May 2004 which has not changed ownership in the interval.