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  03/12/2019

Test Centre

Avg. Wait Time

Longest Wait Time

*Forecasted For Next Month

Athlone

5.3

9

6.4

Ballina

5.1

10

7.7

Birr

5.8

9

5.5

Buncrana

5.4

9

5.7

Carlow

9.2

11

9.2

Carrick-On-Shannon

5.1

7

5.1

Castlebar

5.5

8

5.3

Cavan

5.8

8

5.9

Churchtown

5.6

6

5.7

Clifden

5.5

7

6.1

Clonmel

6.3

9

6.9

Cork

5.6

7

5.7

Donegal

5.6

9

5.5

Dun Laoghaire/Deansgrange

5.0

8

6.0

Dundalk

5.4

8

5.8

Dungarvan

5.9

9

5.9

Ennis

5.4

7

5.0

Finglas

5.1

7

5.3

Galway

5.6

8

5.6

Gorey

7.2

11

6.9

Kilkenny

5.8

8

6.0

Killarney

5.3

7

6.1

Kilrush

6.2

7

9.5

Letterkenny

5.3

9

5.3

Limerick

6.1

7

5.7

Longford

5.1

7

5.1

Loughrea

5.7

8

5.4

Mallow

5.3

9

5.0

Monaghan

6.2

10

5.4

Mulhuddart

5.3

9

6.5

Mullingar

5.5

8

5.7

Naas

7.3

11

8.2

Navan

5.7

8

5.4

Nenagh

6.0

6

6.9

Newcastle West

5.8

7

5.5

Portlaoise

4.9

8

5.1

Raheny

5.4

7

5.2

Roscommon

5.1

7

5.5

Shannon

5.7

8

5.5

Skibbereen

5.7

7

5.9

Sligo

5.8

7

5.4

Tallaght

5.2

8

5.8

Thurles

5.3

9

5.2

Tipperary

5.7

9

4.9

Tralee

4.7

7

5.1

Tuam

5.5

10

5.7

Tullamore

5.7

8

6.0

Waterford

5.2

8

5.9

Wexford

5.5

6

5.8

Wicklow

6.7

9

6.7

*Please note the forecasted times are waiting times that customers scheduled for the coming month will have waited.  As such, there may be a slight variation as the month progresses, as some customers cancel their tests, and other customers are filled into the cancelled slots.

 

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 9.0
Ballina 10.0
Ballincollig 6.0
Birr 9.0
Buncrana 9.0
Carlow 11.0
Carrick-On-Shannon 7.0
Castlebar 8.0
Cavan 8.0
Churchtown 6.0
Clifden 7.0
Clonmel 9.0
Cork 7.0
Donegal 9.0
Dun laoghaire\Deansgrange 8.0
Dundalk 8.0
Dungarvan 9.0
Ennis 7.0
Finglas 7.0
Galway 5.9
Galway 8.0
Gorey 11.0
Kilkenny 8.0
Killarney 7.0
Kilrush 7.0
Letterkenny 9.0
Limerick 7.0
Limerick - Woodview 7.0
Longford 7.0
Loughrea 8.0
Mallow 9.0
Monaghan 10.0
Mulhuddart 9.0
Mullingar 8.0
Navan 8.0
Nenagh 6.0
Newcastle West 7.0
Portlaoise 8.0
Raheny 7.0
Roscommon 7.0
Shannon 8.0
Skibbereen 7.0
Sligo 7.0
Tallaght 8.0
Thurles 9.0
Tipperary 9.0
Tralee 7.0
Tuam 10.0
Tullamore 8.0
Waterford 8.0
Wexford 6.0
Wicklow 9.0

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.