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

 

Test Centre Average Waiting Time(Weeks) Longest Wait Time in weeks
Athlone 15.0 23
Ballina

10.9

14
Birr 17.0 25
Buncrana 13.2 19
Carlow 9.8 19
Carrick-on-Shannon

12.1

19
Castlebar 13.0 17
Cavan 11.1 16
Churchtown 10.0 17
Clifden 13.3 18
Clonmel 11.1 20
Cork

14.9

20
Donegal

13.0

17
Dundalk 8.5 17
Dungarvan 13.9 20
Ennis 11.3 20
Finglas 10.2 16
Galway 11.6 24
Gorey 11.5 17
Kilkenny 13.2 20
Killarney 13.7 23
Kilrush 14.2 20
Letterkenny 14.4 17
Limerick 13.2 23
Longford 10.7 18
Loughrea 15.1 21
Mallow 16.4 24
Monaghan 12.7 17
Mullingar 6.6 17
Naas 10.7 16
Navan 9.5 16
Nenagh 12.6 14
Newcastle West 12.2 21
Portlaoise 13.7 13
Raheny 8.9 17
Roscommon 16.6 23
Shannon 8.7 15
Skibbereen 15.4 19
Sligo 6.9 17
Tallaght 11.2 17
Thurles

9.8

13
Tipperary 9.8 13
Tralee 14.1 23
Tuam 11.3 24
Tullamore 11.4 17
Waterford 11.3 18
Wexford 14.9 20
Wicklow 9.6 16

 

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 15.0
Ballina 10.9
Ballincollig
Birr 17.0
Buncrana 13.2
Carlow 9.8
Carrick-On-Shannon 12.1
Castlebar 13.0
Cavan 11.1
Churchtown 10.0
Clifden 13.3
Clonmel 11.1
Cork 14.9
Donegal 13.0
Dundalk 8.5
Dungarvan 13.9
Ennis 11.3
Finglas 10.2
Galway 11.9
Gorey 11.5
Kilkenny 13.2
Killarney 13.7
Kilrush 14.2
Letterkenny 14.4
Limerick 13.2
Limerick - Woodview 13.2
Longford 10.7
Loughrea 15.1
Mallow 16.4
Monaghan 12.7
Mullingar 6.6
Naas 10.7
Navan 9.5
Nenagh 12.6
Newcastle West 12.2
Portlaoise 13.7
Raheny 8.9
Roscommon 16.6
Shannon 8.7
Skibbereen 15.4
Sligo 6.9
Tallaght 11.2
Thurles 9.8
Tipperary 9.8
Tralee 14.1
Tuam 11.3
Tullamore 11.4
Waterford 11.3
Wexford 14.9
Wicklow 9.6

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.