Introduction

An Individual Vehicle Approval is whereby a vehicle is granted an approval based on the relevant technical requirements. The vehicle concerned will need to meet the type approval requirements laid out by each member state by either National of EU legislation. An IVA is a VIN specific vehicle and typically will suit low production, IVA recognition or importation of vehicles.

 

NSAI grant IVA approvals for the following categories:

Category

Vehicle

Description

M

Passenger cars, buses and coaches

Motor Vehicles with at least four wheels designed and constructed for the carriage of passengers

N

Commercial vehicles

Motor Vehicles with at least four wheels designed and constructed for the carriage of goods

O

Trailers

Trailers (including semi-trailers) towed by motor vehicles of category M or N

 

Requirements

In order to gain an IVA, NSAI assess vehicles against Irish legislation. Each vehicle will need to meet the requirements laid out in Statutory Instrument S.I. No. 158 of 2009 as last amended by S.I. 280 of 2017. This typically will involve an inspection by one of our Approved Test Centres (ATC's).
 

The inspections carried out by our test centers can be found in the link below.

 

Important Note:

Type approval applications for completed N2/N3 vehicles must be built and submitted by an Approved Vehicle Body Builder (AVBB). If the vehicle is built overseas by a non approved body builder, that vehicle must receive National approval in that country and NSAI may be able to transfer that approval to an Irish IVA if it meets the relevant national requirements.

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What is the Route to Approval?

This is a multi-step process

Step 1:
Please contact NSAI for the applicable IVA evaluation form or an online application,   complete and submit with drawings/photographs and any other attachments as requested on form. Please inform NSAI which ATC is intended to be used for inspection of the vehicle.  


Step 2:
NSAI shall review the evaluation form plus attachments, drawings/photographs etc. NSAI shall transfer any relevant documentation to the ATC that is intended to be used for inspection. The requested ATC must have an appropriate scope and also be considered independent and impartial for carrying out the inspection


Step 3:
Applicant contacts the Approved Test Centre (ATC) to book an appointment that it informed NSAI at step 1 above that it intends to use. NSAI shall have transferred the relevant technical documents and inspection direction to the ATC (but NSAI will not have booked an inspection time, the applicant must contact the ATC for this)


Step 4:

Following satisfactory review of the application package (ATC inspection report, technical documentation etc), approval will be granted for the vehicle. Approval is in the form of an Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) certificate issued by NSAI. This can then be used for registration.

For further information please contact:

Stephanie Flood
T: 00 353 1 807  3879
E: Stephanie.Flood@nsai.ie

Julie Elliot
T: 00 353 1 807 3919
E: julie.elliot@nsai.ie

Amanda O'Shea
T: 00 353 1 807 3832
El: amanda.oshea@nsai.ie