Car translations Ireland

In search of savings, more and more Poles are choosing to buy and import a car from abroad. Among the countries from which vehicles are readily imported, Ireland remains quite popular.

It is very common for people returning from Ireland to Poland to decide to buy a car and bring it into the country. They usually already have the car they want to buy selected at that point, and only the procedure for registering and exporting the car remains problematic.

You can also go to Ireland and buy a car. However, in such a case, the cost of travel, accommodation and also the return of the new car to Poland must be taken into account. Before travelling to Ireland, many people look for interesting sales offers online.

If you have chosen this way of acquiring a car, we suggest that you take a look at the advertisements posted on the car websites listed below:

  • – cars from Northern Ireland

Unlike in Poland, in Ireland the sales procedure is very simple. You don’t have to stand in queues for hours or replace a number plate. The number plate here is assigned to the car and not to the owner. What’s more, you don’t need to visit any office either. Formally, the car belongs to you from the moment you buy it, and you can basically drive it around Ireland right away, provided you have a valid technical inspection, as well as paid Road Tax and insurance.

When bringing a car to Poland, you can also use the services of carriers transporting cars from Ireland to Poland.

Below is a list of examples of companies involved in transport to Poland:


What documents do I get when I buy a car?

  • A bilingual contract for the purchase/sale of the vehicle – ensure that it includes the listed price, as well as the address of the seller and buyer. The address of the purchaser should be Polish in Poland, as otherwise you may have problems with registration at the Polish department of communications. It turns out that you will not need a sale and purchase agreement in the UK. It will only be useful when registering in Poland.
  • The vehicle book, the equivalent of our vehicle registration certificate or known as the “logbook”

Let’s clarify. To be able to return to Poland by car, you need:

  • Logbook – vehicle logbook
  • Bilingual purchase contract
  • NCT – mandatory technical inspection
  • Insurance
  • Tax – paid road tax

Car sales:

  • Together with the former owner, you complete a change of ownership form. The completed form, together with the vehicle book (Logbook), is sent by the owner to the local motor vehicle tax office, where the details of the change of ownership will be registered.
  • You take the car and drive home. In a few days you get the same logbook from the communications office but with your details printed on the first page. Blanks have been left on the back in case you ever want to sell your car.

Remember to insure not only your car, but also yourself as a driver. Otherwise you won’t get through Ireland and England. In France, you will no longer encounter this kind of law, but in the event of an inspection you must have tax, NCT and insurance, for example, taken out not necessarily until the end of the year but until the car is brought to Poland.

Vehicle insurance
Under Irish law, motor insurance covers a person who wishes to drive a motor vehicle in a public place. In Ireland, motor vehicle insurance is compulsory. You cannot drive a vehicle that is not insured and all vehicles must have a notice of validity of insurance stuck on the windscreen.
Prices for insurance with different insurers can look very different, so it is worth doing some reconnaissance before signing a contract.

Compulsory technical inspection of the vehicle – NCT
Vehicles four years old or older, must pass the mandatory National Car Test (NCT). In Ireland, cars that pass a technical inspection must repeat it every two years.

If a car does not have an up-to-date technical inspection where can it be done?
There are technical review centres (NCTs) across the country. For information on your nearest centre, you can contact
Citywest Business Campus, by calling 1890 200 670 (from Ireland), or via the website

Road tax – TAX
Road tax in Ireland is a levy imposed by the Irish Government, on all motor vehicles. The revenue from this tax is used to maintain and expand the road network. Its height is proportional to the engine capacity. The average annual tax rate in Ireland is an expense of around €350. Confirmation that the tax has been paid is provided by a sticker on the windscreen of the car.

If your vehicle does not have a current tax, it is worth paying for it. This can help you avoid unpleasantness during a possible roadside check. You will receive a special sticker confirming that you have paid your tax at the Motor Tax Office. You can find local tax offices at: .

Remember that you need to find a company in Poland that converts RHD cars to LHD. You won’t register your car without it!

When returning to Poland, take advantage of the ferry crossing.

Below are indicative prices for the ferry crossing from each village:

  • Dublin to Liverpool approx. £80
  • Rosslare to Pembroke approx. £120
  • Rosslare to Fishguard approx £120

When you return from Ireland, it will be necessary to use a sworn translator. His assistance in the case of the registration of cars imported from abroad is indispensable, as the documents at your disposal are drawn up in English and must be translated according to Polish law. Of course, if you have a bilingual purchase and sale agreement, it does not need to be authenticated. However, you need to know that some offices may require the seal and signature of a sworn translator, also on this document.

The certified translation bears a repertory number and bears the legible imprint of the round seal and the signature of the sworn translator.

Remember to photocopy the original documents, and the translations.

When selling a car in Ireland, you may be misled into thinking that a completed technical inspection in Ireland will allow you to avoid a visit to a Polish diagnostic station.

Unfortunately, there is a high probability that the official in Poland will not recognise the technical inspection if the deadline for the foreign examination is longer than the Polish regulations stipulate. In Ireland, compulsory technical inspection takes place every two years, so it may happen that the Irish document is simply not up to date in Poland.

In addition, the car may be sent back to the diagnostic station due to the absence of certain data needed for registration in Poland, which are not included in the original Spanish documents.

Unfortunately, in order to pass the inspection you must first adapt the vehicle to drive in right-hand traffic (reposition the steering wheel, modify the headlights, etc.).

The price of the first technical inspection in Poland is PLN 169

The first office you need to visit is Customs Office. Importantly, at customs they will not require translations from you . All you need to submit is a photocopy of the logbook , technical inspection, 2 completed forms and proof of payment of the excise duty calculated by Customs. Also take all original documents with you for inspection.

You will receive a confirmation of receipt of the excise duty at the Customs Office. The excise duty was set to be paid 30 days after the car was declared imported into Poland.

The excise duty is influenced by the engine capacity of the car:

  • if the engine capacity does not exceed 2000 cc , the excise duty is 3.1% of the vehicle price
  • if the car has a cubic capacity over 2000 cc – the excise duty is 18.6% of the vehicle price

The excise duty rate is calculated on the basis of the quotationd price on the sales document (e.g. sales contract), if the price does not deviate by more than 30% from the Customs Office price list – Eurotax. If the price is outside the agreed framework, officials calculate the value of the vehicle and the amount of excise duty themselves.

When you receive confirmation of receipt of the excise duty you go to the Tax Office. There, you fill in a special VAT-24 form, which will enable you to be exempt from VAT, and pay a sum of PLN 160 to the office.

Don’t forget to include VAT -24 with your application:

  • Original and photocopies of vehicle documents, together with translations by a sworn translator
  • Proof of payment of the fee

Fees at Customs and Revenue are unfortunately not the end of the expenses. The next cost you have to pay is a recycling fee of PLN 500. You can pay it by means of a transfer ordered to the account of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.

NOTE! It is important to include the car model and make in the title of the transfer, as well as the description “recycling fee”, and the VIN or chassis, body or frame number of the vehicle.

Last on the list is the Department of Communications. You will need to bring all the documents you have collected there, as well as a completed vehicle registration application. And don’t forget the translations and copies!

On site, you will pass the original vehicle registration plates, and the logbook. In return, you receive a temporary registration certificate, plate and window sticker.

The cost of registering a car purchased in another country is an expense of PLN 256.

The registration price includes the cost:

  • Licence plates – PLN 80
  • Registration certificate – PLN 54
  • Issuance of a vehicle card – PLN 75
  • Issuance of a temporary permit – PLN 13.5

And also:

  • Legalisation sticker – PLN 12.5
  • Control sticker – PLN 18.5
  • Registration fee – PLN 2.

Now all that remains is to go to the insurer and take out the compulsory third-party liability insurance.
From now on you can fully enjoy your newly purchased car!


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