Refund Your Motor Tax

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You can apply for a refund on your motor tax if your vehicle has been:

  1. Vehicle stolen and not recovered.
  2. Vehicle Scrapped/destroyed.
  3. Vehicle Permanently Exported.
  4. Vehicle Not Used.
    (Tax discs must be returned immediately after issue or in the case of a 3 month disc it must be returned prior to the commencement of the tax period.)
  5. Vehicle unused because of owner illness/injury.
  6. Vehicle unused because owner absent from the state for business, educational purposes or with the Defence Forces.
  7. Vehicle Duty Error.
    (only applies to Goods vehicles that may have been taxed at the incorrect un-laden weight.)

Please refer to the link below for the supporting documentation required.

Vehicles being “off the road” do not qualify for a refund.

In the case of point 1,2,3,5 and 6 above there must be three full calendar months of unexpired tax left on a tax disc when an application is made to the Motor Tax Office. In the case of point 4 "Vehicle Not Used", A refund will only be issued if the disc is returned on or before the commencement of the tax period

The Tax Disc, Vehicle Licensing/Registration Certificate or Log Book must me returned where possible with an application for a refund.

Apply for a Tax Refund

To apply for a refund, follow these steps:

Step 1: Check that 3 unexpired calendar months are left on your tax disc

A minimum of 3 whole calendar months must be left on your tax disc when making your application to the Motor Tax Office. Tax discs with less than 3 months will not be refunded.

Step 2: Complete the Motor Tax Refund Application Form and have it stamped at a Garda Station

Or contact us at the address below to obtain copy

Step 3: see the List of supporting documentation required (PDF 66Kb) which must be submitted with every application.  Failure to submit the correct documentation will result in the application being denied

Step 4: Return the RF120 form and supporting documentation to us

Send the completed form(s) the address below.

Step 5: We will send you a refund

If your application is accepted, we will send you a refund by bank transfer within 15 working days.


Refunds Section
Dublin City Council
Motor Tax Office
Block B
Blackhall Walk
Queen Street
Dublin 7