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How to Reserve a Registration Number
Registration numbers are assigned in sequence at the time of registration. However, the Finance Act 1992 provides a facility for vehicle owners to choose and reserve a particular registration number in advance of registration. This information leaflet contains a general outline of the relevant conditions and procedures involved in reserving a chosen number.
- An application may only be made in the period 1st November in the preceding year up to the Revenue close-of-business in the year of bringing into first use (first registration) of the vehicle, e.g. an application to reserve a 2016 number must be made on or after 1st November 2015 and before the Revenue close-of-business in 2016.
- Applications will only be accepted from 1 November. Any applications received prior to that date will be returned un-processed.
- The number chosen must be in the normal format and must correspond with the place (licensing authority area) where the applicant normally resides and the year and half year in which the vehicle is first brought into use (first registered), e.g. an application to reserve 161-D-2 may only be made by an applicant residing in Dublin for a vehicle to be first brought into use (first registered) in 2016. Please note that the address should correspond with the address linked to the tax number (PPSN/VAT/TAN number) of the applicant.
- The registered owner must be the person in whose name the number was reserved. Reserved numbers are not transferable.
- All registration numbers are available for reservation with the exception of the first number of each registration period issued in Cork, Dublin, Limerick and Waterford e.g. 161-C-1, 162-C-1, 161-D-1, 162-D-1, 161-L-1,162-L-1, 161-W-1 and 162-W-1, which are traditionally reserved for the Mayor/Lord Mayor of those cities and are not available for reservation by anyone else.
- A reserved registration number can only be assigned to a vehicle when it has been reached in the normal sequence. It may not be displayed on a vehicle before it has been formally assigned by Revenue following the presentation and acceptance of a completed declaration for registration.
- A reserved registration number will only be assigned in the year corresponding to the year of the reserved number.
- The fee for a successful application will not be refunded.
The fee payable for a reserved number is €1,000. The fee for a successful application will not be refunded.
Where an application to reserve a number is unsuccessful, the fee will be returned.
Applications should be made on Form VRT15A - Application to Reserve A Registration Number (PDF, 156KB) - one form per registration number - and sent to the Central Vehicle Office (See address below). The fee should be enclosed with the application. Cheques etc. should be made payable to the "Collector, Customs & Excise".
- Processing of applications will commence on receipt on the first working day of November.
- Successful applicants will be advised on Form VRT15N. This form must be presented when the vehicle is being registered.
A reserved number can only be assigned to a vehicle when it has been reached in the normal sequence. It may not be displayed on a vehicle before it has been formally assigned by Revenue following vehicle registration.
It is illegal to display a registration number that is not in the format as prescribed in legislation by S.I. 318 of 1992 as amended, and a brief guide to the format is available on the Revenue web site.
Applications for reservation of registration numbers should be sent to:
The Office of the Revenue Commissioners,
Central Vehicle Office,
Information provided courtesy of the Revenue Commissioners under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence