The National Car Test (NCT) was introduced on 4 January 2000.


What are the benefits of car testing?

  • Safer vehicles
  • Improved reliability
  • Improved fuel economy
  • Cleaner air/less noise
  • Potential for lower insurance costs


What cars must be tested?

Testing of private/passenger cars is required on the 4th anniversary of the registration date of the vehicle and every two years thereafter until the age of 10 years, when the necessity for testing increases to every year.

Vehicles over 30 years are exempt from testing.


Do I need to produce my NCT Certificate in order to tax?

At the moment Motor Tax Offices do not request NCT certificate for taxation purposes.  However, it is an offence to use a car liable for testing in a public place without an NCT certificate and penalty points came into operation in 2009 for drivers caught driving a vehicle without a valid NCT.   Enforcement of this law is the responsibility of the Garda Síochána.


Where do I get my car tested?

There are forty-three test centres in Ireland. If your car is due to be tested the NCT should be writing to you with a test appointment. If however, you do not receive an appointment contact the NCT directly at 01 413 5992.   You may also book online at

Queries in relation to any aspect of the NCT should be directed to: 

Customer Enquiries, National Car Testing Service (NCTS), Lakedrive 3026, Citywest Business Campus, Naas Road, Dublin 24. 

Telephone: 01 413 5992  Email: or see the website

To book a NCT Test Telephone:  01 413 5992


The Sligo NCT Test Centre is located in Carraroe, Co Sligo. 


Directions to NCT Centre

From Sligo Town at the Carraroe Roundabout, take the first cut off (head towards Ballisodare).  You will find the NCT Centre on the main road on the left hand side.