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

The good news is that waiting lists are getting shorter. We aim to have a national average waiting time for a driving test of 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.

Customers should note:

  • Waiting times are updated on a weekly basis.
  • Availability can vary from week to week and that past performance can only be used as a guide when booking an appointment.
  • Average Waiting times are given as an overall average for car tests only, different waiting time may apply for other categories of tests

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 10
Ballina 10
Ballincollig 11
Birr 11
Buncrana 11
Carlow 11
Carrick-On-Shannon 11
Castlebar 11
Cavan 11
Churchtown 8
Clifden 10
Clonmel 11
Cork 11
Donegal 11
Dundalk 9
Dungarvan 11
Ennis 11
Finglas 8
Galway 8
Gorey 11
Kilkenny 11
Killarney 10
Kilrush 10
Letterkenny 9
Limerick 11
Limerick - Woodview 11
Longford 11
Loughrea 11
Mallow 11
Monaghan 11
Mullingar 9
Naas 8
Navan 9
Nenagh 11
Newcastle West 11
Portlaoise 11
Raheny 8
Roscommon 11
Shannon 9
Skibbereen 8
Sligo 11
Tallaght 9
Thurles 11
Tipperary 11
Tralee 10
Tuam 11
Tullamore 10
Waterford 9
Wexford 11
Wicklow 11

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.

We often have slots that have been cancelled that are available for a person that 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