Vehicles Licensed for the First Time


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Numbers of licences issued for new and second-hand private cars, goods vehicles, tractors, motor cycles, exempt vehicles, public service vehicles. These statistics are classified by make, licensing authority, engine capacity (cars, motor cycles), unladen weight (goods vehicles), type of fuel and CO2 emission band.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


Administrative data from the Vehicle Registration Unit of the Department of Transport.


All new vehicles and imported second-hand vehicles licensed for the first time.



Reference period

Calendar month

Start date

January 1965 (monthly series), 1983 (annual series)


Typically, within 10 days after the end of the reference period


  • Licensing authority
    Administrative counties, except that Dublin, Cork and Galway each form a single authority.
  • Taxation class
    Private cars; Goods vehicles; Tractors; Motor cycles; Exempt vehicles; Public service vehicles; Machines or contrivances.
  • Vehicle make
    Toyota; Ford; Volkswagen; Opel; Nissan etc.
  • Engine capacity
    Nine categories for private cars; six categories for motor cycles.
  • Unladen weight (goods vehicles)
    Less than 813 kg; 813-1016; 1017-1269; 1270-1524; 1525-2032; 2033-4064; 4065-8128; 8129+ kg.
  • Fuel
    Petrol; Diesel; Petrol & electric; Petrol & ethanol; Other; Electric, Diesel & electric, Petrol or Diesel plug-in hybrid electric.
  • CO2 Emission Band
    A; B; C; D; E; F; G


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