Driving test waiting times

How long you can expect to wait for a driving test and which test centres have the shortest and longest waiting times.

How long do I have to wait

We aim to have a national average waiting time for a driving test of no longer than 10 weeks.  Our ability to meet this target depends on the number of applications received.    Accordingly, the average waiting time in driving test centres may vary above or below this 10-week target.

The current average waiting time for a Category B (car/light van) driving
test, per test centre, based on the waiting times of applicants who had a test appointment during the last 4 weeks, is listed below:

Please note: The average waiting time is an average of current waiting times for applicants at each Test Centre.  Applicants will have waiting times both longer and shorter than the average.  The longest waiting time per Test Centre is also shown in the table below.

Last updated 15/04/2019

Test  Center

Avg. Wait Time Weeks

Longest Wait Times

Athlone

6.7

11

Ballina

7

11

Birr

9.6

12

Buncrana

7.5

12

Carlow

7

15

Carrick-On-Shannon

5.4

12

Castlebar

5.6

12

Cavan

6.6

12

Churchtown

11.5

12

Clifden

5.5

14

Clonmel

12

12

Cork

11.8

12

Donegal

5.9

11

Dun Laoghaire/Deansgrange

7.4

11

Dundalk

8.5

11

Dungarvan

9.6

12

Ennis

10.1

11

Finglas

5.7

11

Galway

6.3

10

Gorey

11.7

15

Kilkenny

7.7

11

Killarney

10.9

14

Kilrush

14.2

16

Letterkenny

5.8

11

Limerick

8.3

9

Longford

7.2

10

Loughrea

8.1

10

Mallow

11.7

15

Monaghan

6

11

Mulhuddart

7.6

11

Mullingar

10

11

Naas

6

11

Navan

8.5

11

Nenagh

10.8

13

Newcastle West

12

12

Portlaoise

7.7

13

Raheny

6.1

13

Roscommon

6.3

11

Shannon

11

11

Skibbereen

13.6

12

Sligo

6.2

15

Tallaght

6.4

13

Thurles

12

12

Tipperary

11

11

Tralee

10.1

13

Tuam

6.5

11

Tullamore

9.3

11

Waterford

6.1

12

Wexford

5.4

11

Wicklow

12

12

 

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 6.7
Ballina 7
Ballincollig
Birr 9.6
Buncrana 7.5
Carlow 7
Carrick-On-Shannon 5.4
Castlebar 5.6
Cavan 6.6
Churchtown 11.5
Clifden 5.5
Clonmel 12
Cork 11.8
Donegal 5.9
Dun laoghaire\Deansgrange 7.4
Dundalk 8.5
Dungarvan 9.6
Ennis 10.1
Finglas 5.7
Galway 6.3
Galway
Gorey 11.7
Kilkenny 7.7
Killarney 10.9
Kilrush 14.2
Letterkenny 5.8
Limerick 8.3
Limerick - Woodview 8.3
Longford 7.2
Loughrea 8.1
Mallow 11.7
Monaghan 6
Mulhuddart 7.6
Mullingar 10
Naas 6
Naas 3
Navan 8.5
Nenagh 10.8
Newcastle West 12
Portlaoise 7.7
Raheny 6.1
Roscommon 6.3
Shannon 11
Skibbereen 13.6
Sligo 6.2
Tallaght 6.4
Thurles 12
Tipperary 11
Tralee 10.1
Tuam 6.5
Tullamore 9.3
Waterford 6.1
Wexford 5.4
Wicklow 12

Quick tests

We know that a person may need to take a test urgently. We can usually facilitate this and it helps if you are available for a test appointment at short notice

We often have slots that have been cancelled that are available for a person who can take a test with notice from a few hours to a few days.

If this is suitable for you, please note on your application that you are available for short notice cancellation.