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 11
Ballina 9
Ballincollig 9
Birr 11
Buncrana 11
Carlow 11
Carrick-On-Shannon 7
Castlebar 10
Cavan 9
Clifden 7
Clonmel 11
Cork 9
Donegal 11
Dundalk 7
Dungarvan 9
Ennis 11
Finglas 7
Galway 10
Gorey 10
Kilkenny 9
Killarney 7
Kilrush 9
Letterkenny 7
Limerick 9
Limerick - Woodview 9
Longford 9
Loughrea 11
Mallow 11
Monaghan 10
Mullingar 9
Naas 10
Navan 7
Nenagh 11
Newcastle West 11
Portlaoise 9
Raheny 7
Rathgar 11
Roscommon 11
Shannon 10
Skibbereen 8
Sligo 8
Tallaght 9
Thurles 11
Tipperary 10
Tralee 7
Tuam 10
Tullamore 9
Waterford 9
Wexford 9
Wicklow 9

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