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.

Last updated 24/04/2019

Test  Center

Avg. Wait Time Weeks

Longest Wait Times

Athlone

7.0

11

Ballina

6.6

11

Birr

8.2

10

Buncrana

8.3

13

Carlow

9.2

15

Carrick-On-Shannon

6.4

10

Castlebar

5.7

11

Cavan

6.6

11

Churchtown

8.5

10

Clifden

9.1

15

Clonmel

11

13

Cork

8.8

11

Donegal

6.4

11

Dun Laoghaire/Deansgrange

6.7

11

Dundalk

6.7

11

Dungarvan

7.9

11

Ennis

6.0

11

Finglas

5.6

9

Galway

6.7

9

Gorey

11.1

14

Kilkenny

7.2

10

Killarney

7.8

14

Kilrush

10.9

14

Letterkenny

5.9

12

Limerick

9.8

13

Longford

9.0

9

Loughrea

7.1

11

Mallow

10.8

14

Monaghan

6.1

12

Mulhuddart

8.0

8

Mullingar

8.0

9

Naas

7.1

11

Navan

7.3

11

Nenagh

9.1

14

Newcastle West

10.0

10

Portlaoise

6.7

12

Raheny

6.3

13

Roscommon

6.0

9

Shannon

11

11

Skibbereen

11.0

11

Sligo

6.3

15

Tallaght

7.4

11

Thurles

9.8

13

Tipperary

11

11

Tralee

10.1

13

Tuam

6.3

10

Tullamore

6.1

9

Waterford

7.3

11

Wexford

6.5

10

Wicklow

11

11

 

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 7.0
Ballina 6.6
Ballincollig
Birr 8.2
Buncrana 8.3
Carlow 9.2
Carrick-On-Shannon 6.4
Castlebar 5.7
Cavan 6.6
Churchtown 8.5
Clifden 9.1
Clonmel 11
Cork 8.8
Donegal 6.4
Dun laoghaire\Deansgrange 6.7
Dundalk 6.7
Dungarvan 7.9
Ennis 6.0
Finglas 5.6
Galway 6.7
Galway
Gorey 11.1
Kilkenny 7.2
Killarney 7.8
Kilrush 10.9
Letterkenny 5.9
Limerick 9.8
Limerick - Woodview 9.8
Longford 9.0
Loughrea 7.1
Mallow 10.8
Monaghan 6.1
Mulhuddart 8.0
Mullingar 8.0
Naas 7.1
Naas 3
Navan 7.3
Nenagh 9.1
Newcastle West 10.0
Portlaoise 6.7
Raheny 6.3
Roscommon 6.0
Shannon 11
Skibbereen 11.0
Sligo 6.3
Tallaght 7.4
Thurles 9.8
Tipperary 11
Tralee 10.1
Tuam 6.3
Tullamore 6.1
Waterford 7.3
Wexford 6.5
Wicklow 11

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.