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