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Can I pay VRT in advance?

Please tell me Declan can you pay VRT in advance before the arrival of the car you imported? Thanks. Chris.

Hi Chris.  I presume you're asking if you can pay VRT and have the car registered before importation. The answer to this is no.  You must present the car at one of the Revenue offices that are set out on their website.  This is because the VRT assessor must check the car to ensure that the VIN number matches that on the overseas log book, secondly that the registration number is correct and thirdly that the car actually exists and is of the right specification and fourthly that the accessories and options list isn’t understated for the purpose of VRT.  

There is a  provision in the VRT regulations that will allow the Revenue Commissioners give a wavier but they rarely, if ever, do it – they even require garages to present the cars at the VRT offices. 

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