Trailer Licensing

New or imported trailers and semi-trailers over 3,500kg Gross Vehicles Weight (GVDW) used for the carriage of goods are required to be registered at the Motor Tax Office. From 29th October 2012, there are new rules in relation to the first licensing of heavy goods trailers in Ireland, and these are described below. There is also a legal requirement to license trailers annually at the Motor Tax Office, though there is no fee for this process. The Forms required for registration and taxing are:

TF100 - used for the registration and licensing of trailers/ semi-trailers

TF200 - used to register change of ownership

TF300A - weight identification certificate for new/ imported trailer /semi-trailer

TF300B - weight identification certificate for trailers outside scope of type approval

First Licensing of single -stage built trailers type approved or imported on or after 29th October 2012:

There is a new requirement to acquire a type approval certificate from the distributor/manufacturer when you purchase your trailer- either EU or Irish approval certificates are acceptable- This type approval requirement is being applied to trailers manufacured in one single stage (by a single manufacturer) from 29/10/12

To apply for first licensing, you will need:

  • Application form TF100
  • Weight Identification Certificate TF300A, with one of the following attached- for new vehicles a copy of the type approval certificate must be attached to this form- OR- in the case of the first licensing in Ireland of a trailer previously licensed or registered in another EU member state, the applicant may supply either the Registraton Certificate from the relevant Member State or atlernatively a letter from the National Trailer Registration /Licensing Authority.
  • Fee of €60.00

The type of approval requirements will be extended to:

  • Multistage built trailers (manufactured in more than one stage by more than one manufacturer) on or after the 29th October 2013.
  • Special Purposes trailers (declared by manufacturer, in consultation with NSAI, as having specific technical features in order to perform a function which requires special arrangements and/or equipment) on or after 29th October 2014.

First Licensing of all other trailers outside the scope of type approval, i.e.

  • Multistage built trailers manufactured until the changeover date of 29th October 2013
  • Special Purpose trailers manufactured until the changeover date of 29th October 2014
  • Trailers manufactued before 29th October 2012

Trailers designed and constructed to be towed exclusively by agricultural tractors or trailers designed and constucted exclusively for use by the Defence Forces, Civil Defence, Garda Síochána or Fire Services.

To apply for first licensing, you will need:

Application form TF100

Weight Idenification Certificate TF300B- this form must be completed by the manufacturer, or where the manufactuer cannot be contacted, the form must be completed by and Approved Test Centre (ATC) of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) -the full list of ATC's can be found at fee of €60.00

To Renew a Trailer Licence annually, you will need:

  • Application form TF100
  • Licence card TF5
  • Certificate of roadworthiness

To notify the sale of a trailer, you will need:

  • Notification of transfer form TF200, completed by both seller and buyer
  • Licence card TF5 submitted by the new owner

To notify that a trailer is scrapped, destroyed or exported, you will need:

  • Written notification of scrappage/destruction/export
  • Surrender Licence card TF5

To apply for a replacement Trailer Licence Card, you will need:

  • Application form RF134
  • Fee €6.00



  • EU Sturctural Fund
  • European Union