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.
There are obligations on both the sellers and buyers of vehicles to comply with the procedures for notification of vehicle ownership and there are penalties, upon conviction, for non compliance.
The onus is on the seller to ensure that the necessary documentation relating to a change of ownership is completed.
For example when a vehicle is subject to a safety recall manufacturers endeavor to contact all registered owners with the assistance of data from the NVDF.
Therefore, it is important that the ownership and address details are up to date at all times and that changes are notified promptly.
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 website contains instructions for dealers to register to use the service.Otherwise the seller must send the RF105 form to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Computer Services Division (DVCSD), Department of Transport, Shannon, Co. The DVCSD will record the dealer as the registered owner of the vehicle.If a vehicle is sold privately, both the seller and the buyer must complete reverse portion of the Vehicle Registration Certificate (or in the case of pre-April 2004 vehicles Part B the vehicle licensing certificate) and send to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Computer Services Division (DVCSD), Department of Transport, Shannon, Co. The DVCSD will process this transaction and issue a new Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC) to the new owner.This Form RF200 is available from Motor Tax Offices, Public Libraries and Garda Stations or can be downloaded at The Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) Regulations, 2004 introduced a document for registration and licensing purposes in compliance with the requirements of EU Directive 1999/37/EC.The Registration Certificate constitutes the registration or ‘log’ book for a vehicle and is generated by the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF) when a recently registered vehicle (new and imported) has been road taxed for the first time and upon each change of ownership (other than to a motor dealer) subsequently.Form RF200 should be used where a change of ownership needs to be notified for a vehicle registered before 1 January 1993.