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