Find a Car Recycler/ATF

What is a Certificate of Destruction?

A Certificate of Destruction or CoD: 

  • Legally ends your responsibility for your vehicle from the time of issue.
  • Can only be issued by an ATF -Authorised Treatment Facility (a permitted scrapyard).
  • Marks your vehicle as scrapped on the National Vehicle and Driver File (NVDF).
  • Are only issued for M1/N1 vehicles.

Top Tips

  • Proof of vehicle ownership is required e.g vehicle log book and/or ID.
  • If you have more than three whole calendar months remaining on your tax disc you can claim a motor tax refund (Form RF120).
  • You should always get a CoD or the vehicle ownership transferred. Without this, you as the registered owner still have responsibility for the vehicle.
  • Only manual/paper CoDs can be issued for UK/EU registered vehicles. It is the responsibility of the owner to inform the relevant authority in the Country of registration that the vehicle has been scrapped.
  • The NVDF is maintained and supported by the Driver and Vehicle Computer Services Division of the Department of Transport, located in Shannon.

What does a CoD look like?

A CoD can be issued manually or electronically. A sample of both versions can be seen below.

A CoD issued electronically:

The ATF enters the vehicle details onto an online system.
The registered owner will receive a printed CoD a couple of weeks later from the NVDF.

A CoD issued manually:

The ATF completes the paper form in triplicate with one copy provided to the person depositing the vehicle at the ATF.