The NCT is a mandatory exam that is performed on all cars in Ireland more than three years old. The test is carried out every two years. Once your car is ten years old, you must get the test every year. The NCT is a test to ensure that the car you drive is roadworthy and safe for you and others. It also helps the environment by reducing harmful emissions. It is run by Applus+ on behalf of the Road Safety Authority.
There are currently 47 test centres across Ireland, however they can be booked up in advance, so it is important to give yourself plenty of time when booking. You can now get three penalty points for not having a valid NCT on your car, so it is more important than ever to take the test.