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 16.8 24
Ballina

10.4

16
Birr 14.9 24
Buncrana 14.9 21
Carlow

13.8

25
Carrick-on-Shannon

10.4

20
Castlebar 15.3 26
Cavan 11.7 19
Churchtown 11.6 20
Clifden 14.8 27
Clonmel 16.4 25
Cork

14.5

22
Donegal

17.0

22
Dundalk 13.3

21

Dungarvan 17.4 24
Ennis 14.2 26
Finglas 10.7 23
Galway 15.1 25
Gorey 10.7 18
Kilkenny 15.0 25
Killarney 12.8 29
Kilrush 13.9 15
Letterkenny 16.0 22
Limerick 11.7 19
Longford 15.0 20
Loughrea 14.1 25
Mallow 17.2 30
Monaghan 15.5 20
Mullingar 15.2 23
Naas

10.6

17
Navan 11.9 20
Nenagh 8.7 24
Newcastle West 17.2 27
Portlaoise 13.0 23
Raheny 12.9 24
Roscommon

17.2

26
Shannon 14.4 22
Skibbereen 14.9 23
Sligo 13.3 25
Tallaght 10.7 18
Thurles

10.3

22
Tipperary 16.5 22
Tralee 17.7 26
Tuam 13.9 25
Tullamore 12.7 17
Waterford 15.1 22
Wexford 15.2 22
Wicklow 11.6 18

 

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 16.8
Ballina 10.4
Ballincollig
Birr 14.9
Buncrana 14.9
Carlow 13.8
Carrick-On-Shannon 10.4
Castlebar 15.3
Cavan 11.7
Churchtown 11.6
Clifden 14.8
Clonmel 16.4
Cork 14.5
Donegal 17.0
Dundalk 13.3
Dungarvan 17.4
Ennis 14.2
Finglas 10.7
Galway 15.1
Gorey 10.7
Kilkenny 15.0
Killarney 12.8
Kilrush 13.9
Letterkenny 16.0
Limerick 11.7
Limerick - Woodview 11.7
Longford 15.0
Loughrea 14.1
Mallow 17.2
Monaghan 15.5
Mullingar 15.2
Naas 10.6
Navan 11.9
Nenagh 8.7
Newcastle West 17.2
Portlaoise 13.0
Raheny 12.9
Roscommon 17.2
Shannon 14.4
Skibbereen 14.9
Sligo 13.3
Tallaght 10.7
Thurles 10.3
Tipperary 16.5
Tralee 17.7
Tuam 13.9
Tullamore 12.7
Waterford 15.1
Wexford 15.2
Wicklow 11.6

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.