Vehicle Owners Reminded of 4 Month Test Extension and 16 NCT Test Centres re-opening on Monday 29 June


The National Car Testing Service (NCTS) has now updated all records for those customers’ vehicles that qualified for the 4 month test extension as announced by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Shane Ross in April. A vehicle with a test due date on or after 28th March 2020 has now had their test date extended by 4 months, see example below

Original NCT Expiry DateNew NCT Test Due Date
28th March 202028th July 2020
10th May 202010th September 2020
15th October 2020*15th February 2021

*Cars first registered on or after 1st August 2016 are not eligible for the 4 month extension.

Customers should note this change and are encouraged to check their new test due date on the Check NCT Due Date section on the NCTS website before booking their test.

NCTS are reminding customers that if they book a test that is more than 90 days earlier than the test due date, the test will be a voluntary early test and the NCT certificate issued will be valid for 1 or 2 years (depending on the age of the vehicle) from the date of the successful test.  NCTS are asking customers to note carefully the website messages they receive throughout the course of the booking process.

NCTS can now confirm that following the successful reopening of the first 19 centres, we intend on opening the remaining 28 centres on a phased basis. The reopening is subject to the Government’s approval of the start of phase 3 of the Road Map to ease Covid19 restrictions.

The remaining centres will be reopening in the following blocks and appointments for these centres are available online at once approval for the phase is granted.

Block 1: Currently open
Cork Little Island              Cork Blarney Naas Ballina AbbeyfealeNorthpoint 1&2 Dublin Deansgrange, Dublin Drogheda Ennis AthloneFonthill, Dublin Galway Derrybeg EnniscorthyLimerick Waterford Letterkenny Killarney  
Block 2: Scheduled for opening 29th June
Castlerea Ballinasloe Mullingar ArklowCarlow Kells Tullamore Greenhills, DublinWestport Longford Cahir TraleeDundalk Portlaoise Skibbereen Nenagh
Block 3: Scheduled for opening mid-July 
Carndonagh Donegal ClifdenKilkenny Carrick-on-Shannon MonaghanSligo Macroom CharlevilleYoughal Cahirciveen Cavan

The reopening of these centres will be aligned with the Governments Roadmap for reopening Society and Business. As information and guidance from public health officials change, we will reassess and change our procedures and protocols accordingly.

Customers with a test due date prior to 28 March and those affected by the lifts issue are being prioritised.

Further updates will be provided on the website over the coming days.


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