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Fixed Charge Processing Office

More information about Fixed Charge Notices

Nominations

If you were not driving, or otherwise using the vehicle on the date of the offence, the Statement of Nomination of Name and Address of Driver of Vehicle section on the Fixed Charge Notice must be completed by the registered owner, not the driver, and the full notice must be returned to the Fixed Charge Processing Office. Under current legislation, a notice containing the completed Statement of Nomination of Name and Address of Driver of Vehicle section must be completed and sent to the Fixed Charge Processing Office within 28 days of the date of the notice.

Nominations sent after 28 days cannot be processed and the FCN remains the responsibility of the registered owner. In the case of Penalty Point offences, if the registered owner of the vehicle is a company, or a person trading as a company, the only requirement on the registered owner is to nominate the person who was driving the vehicle at the time of the offence.

If the offence is a Non-Penalty Point offence, the registered owner may pay the fixed charge as outlined in the notice, without having to nominate a driver.

If you are nominating someone who is under 18 years of age, the date of birth must be filled in on the nomination section, and a copy of the birth certificate sent in with the nomination.

No payments are required when making a nomination, as a new Fixed Charge Notice will be issued to the driver. The 56 day payment period will begin again from the issue date of the new notice.

The full name and address of the person using the vehicle at the time of the offence must be provided by the registered owner. Care must be taken to nominate the correct driver as falsely nominating a person is a serious offence and may lead to a prosecution.

Penalty Points

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is responsible for the allocation of Penalty Points. After payment of a Penalty Point offence, a letter of Notification of the Allocation of Penalty Points will then be issued by post from the RSA confirming the allocation of Penalty Points on your driving licence record, and the date your points start. Each set of Penalty Points accrued lasts for 3 years beginning 28 days from the date of the notification from the RSA, not the offence date. If, within a 3 year period, you receive 12 Penalty Points, you will incur a disqualification from driving for 6 months. Any queries on Penalty Points should be made to the RSA at 1890 20 20 21.

If it has been alleged that you have committed multiple Penalty Point offences in the same incident, only the highest value Penalty Points will be recorded on your driving licence record, e.g. if you pay two Fixed Charge Notices for having Crossed a Continuous White Line, which carries 1 Penalty Point on payment, and Failure to Wear a Safety-Belt, which carries 2 Penalty Points on payment, in the same incident, you will receive 2 Penalty Points for that incident.

For a list of Penalty Point offences, see www.penaltypoints.ie.

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