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              10.2 17
Ballina 12.7 19
Birr               12.4 17
Buncrana 17.2 19
Carlow         11.5 17
Carrick-On-Shannon 12.0 22
Castlebar            9.9 18
Cavan 14.8 20
Churchtown 9.0 18
Clifden 10.9 14
Clonmel 15.3 20
Cork  15.7 24
Donegal 13.0 19
Dundalk          11.2 15
Dungarvan    8.9 14
Ennis          12.8 18
Finglas          10.3 16
Galway      10.3 16
Gorey            17.8 20
Kilkenny            14.2 20
Killarney           16.0 26
Kilrush            16.2 24
Letterkenny       13.2 19
Limerick 10.1 18
Longford           10.2 13
Loughrea          14.9 16
Mallow            15.8 22
Monaghan     13.8 20
Mullingar          11.3 15
Naas 14.3 18
Navan    14.4 17
Nenagh 17.6 18
Newcastle West 15.9 24
Portlaoise         10.7 15
Raheny            12.1 16
Roscommon 8.9 18
Shannon 13.8 14
Skibbereen         15.3 20
Sligo   6.9 19
Tallaght         10.9 16
Thurles 13.5 14
Tipperary 16.0 16
Tralee 15.8 21
Tuam 11.9 16
Tullamore 12.1 17
Waterford 13.6 20
Wexford 14.8 22
Wicklow 17.2 20

Last updated 17/04/2018

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 10.2
Ballina 12.7
Ballincollig
Birr 12.4
Buncrana 17.2
Carlow 11.5
Carrick-On-Shannon 12.0
Castlebar 9.9
Cavan 14.8
Churchtown 9.0
Clifden 10.9
Clonmel 15.3
Cork 15.7
Donegal 13.0
Dundalk 11.2
Dungarvan 8.9
Ennis 12.8
Finglas 10.3
Galway 10.3
Gorey 17.8
Kilkenny 14.2
Killarney 16.0
Kilrush 16.2
Letterkenny 13.2
Limerick 10.1
Limerick - Woodview 10.1
Longford 10.2
Loughrea 14.9
Mallow 15.8
Monaghan 13.8
Mullingar 11.3
Naas 14.3
Navan 14.4
Nenagh 17.6
Newcastle West 15.9
Portlaoise 10.7
Raheny 12.1
Roscommon 8.9
Shannon 13.8
Skibbereen 15.3
Sligo 6.9
Tallaght 10.9
Thurles 13.5
Tipperary 16.0
Tralee 15.8
Tuam 11.9
Tullamore 12.1
Waterford 13.6
Wexford 14.8
Wicklow 16.1

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.