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

 

Driving Test Centre

Average Waiting (Weeks)

Longest Wait Time in Weeks CARS

Athlone            

11.0

23

Ballina

8.4

18

Birr             

16.6

29

Buncrana

12.4

25

Carlow       

18.1

21

Carrick-On-Shannon

9.6

20

Castlebar          

14.9

18

Cavan

13.6

26

Churchtown

10.7

19

Clifden

17.5

20

Clonmel

17.5

28

Cork

15.4

23

Donegal

14.0

24

Dundalk        

14.3

21

Dungarvan  

18.2

23

Ennis        

12.6

23

Finglas        

11.1

21

Galway    

13.5

22

Gorey           

12.9

20

Kilkenny          

20.2

23

Killarney         

16.0

21

Kilrush          

9.6

22

Letterkenny     

16.2

24

Limerick

13.1

25

Longford         

16.9

20

Loughrea        

15.8

30

Mallow          

12.4

25

Monaghan   

14.8

24

Mullingar        

15.7

20

Naas

13.1

20

Navan  

14.8

20

Nenagh

17.8

26

Newcastle West

15.4

21

Portlaoise       

16.3

26

Raheny          

13.8

20

Roscommon

13.7

22

Shannon

16.8

19

Skibbereen       

15.6

21

Sligo 

7.3

18

Tallaght       

10.3

17

Thurles

18.3

25

Tipperary

23.0

30

Tralee

14.3

25

Tuam

14.6

23

Tullamore

13.1

20

Waterford

16.7

26

Wexford

17.9

26

Wicklow

13.6

19

 

 

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 11.0
Ballina 8.4
Ballincollig
Birr 16.6
Buncrana 12.4
Carlow 18.1
Carrick-On-Shannon 9.6
Castlebar 14.9
Cavan 13.6
Churchtown 10.7
Clifden 17.5
Clonmel 17.5
Cork 15.4
Donegal 14.0
Dundalk 14.3
Dungarvan 18.2
Ennis 12.6
Finglas 11.1
Galway 13.5
Gorey 12.9
Kilkenny 20.2
Killarney 16.0
Kilrush 9.6
Letterkenny 16.2
Limerick 13.1
Limerick - Woodview 13.1
Longford 16.9
Loughrea 15.8
Mallow 12.4
Monaghan 14.8
Mullingar 15.7
Naas 13.1
Navan 14.8
Nenagh 17.8
Newcastle West 15.4
Portlaoise 16.3
Raheny 13.8
Roscommon 13.7
Shannon 16.8
Skibbereen 15.6
Sligo 7.3
Tallaght 10.3
Thurles 18.3
Tipperary 23
Tralee 14.3
Tuam 14.6
Tullamore 13.1
Waterford 16.7
Wexford 17.9
Wicklow 13.6

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.