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            

16.6

19

Ballina

10.3

15

Birr             

18.5

23

Buncrana

15.2

21

Carlow       

18.5

24

Carrick

13.3

20

Castlebar          

16.9

21

Cavan

14.1

23

Churchtown

10.9

19

Clifden

16.5

19

Clonmel

19.0

25

Cork

15.0

21

Donegal

18.8

23

Dundalk        

16.4

20

Dungarvan  

16.3

25

Ennis        

15.5

18

Finglas        

11.8

21

Galway    

14.7

21

Gorey          

11.8

17

Kilkenny          

18.6

24

Killarney         

20.0

23

Kilrush          

8.0

12

Letterkenny     

16.6

23

Limerick

10.4

24

Longford         

16.1

21

Loughrea         

15.7

26

Mallow          

15.1

21

Monaghan   

14.9

23

Mullingar        

15.4

21

Naas

12.0

19

Navan  

15.5

21

Nenagh

13.7

20

Newcastle

18.4

20

Portlaoise       

17.6

25

Raheny          

14.2

21

Roscommon

18.0

21

Shannon

18.8

20

Skibbereen        

16.4

23

Sligo 

13.7

16

Tallaght       

10.4

18

Thurles

16.3

24

Tipperary

16.0

27

Tralee

16.8

24

Tuam

16.1

22

Tullamore

12.1

18

Waterford

16.9

26

Wexford

14.8

25

Wicklow

14.6

17

 

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 16.6
Ballina 10.3
Ballincollig
Birr 18.5
Buncrana 15.2
Carlow 18.5
Carrick-On-Shannon 13.3
Castlebar 16.9
Cavan 14.1
Churchtown 10.9
Clifden 16.5
Clonmel 19.0
Cork 15.0
Donegal 18.8
Dundalk 16.4
Dungarvan 16.3
Ennis 15.5
Finglas 11.8
Galway 14.7
Gorey 11.8
Kilkenny 18.6
Killarney 20.0
Kilrush 8.0
Letterkenny 16.6
Limerick 10.4
Limerick - Woodview 11.2
Longford 16.1
Loughrea 15.7
Mallow 15.1
Monaghan 14.9
Mullingar 15.4
Naas 12.0
Navan 15.5
Nenagh 13.7
Newcastle West 18.4
Portlaoise 17.6
Raheny 14.2
Roscommon 18.0
Shannon 18.8
Skibbereen 16.4
Sligo 13.7
Tallaght 10.3
Thurles 16.3
Tipperary 16.0
Tralee 16.8
Tuam 16.1
Tullamore 12.1
Waterford 16.9
Wexford 14.8
Wicklow 14.6

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.