Driving Test Update

Please note that our customer service agents cannot book or cancel driving tests over the phone or offer any updates on waiting times, so we kindly ask that you do not telephone our call centre for this information.


Update on Driving Test Services:

Please see update in relation to the gradual resumption of driving test services following the latest Government announcement on 29 May.  


Are you an essential worker who needs a test urgently?

If you are an essential worker who has already applied for a test and completed all of your driver training, please fill in this form and we will prioritise your application. Know more >


Need to add yourself to the driving test waiting list?

Please visit our new customer portal to make an application and manage your booking.


Driver training queries

From 10 May 2021, Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs) will be allowed to offer Essential Driver Training (EDT) but only to essential workers, please fill in this form if you are an essential worker and want to complete EDT. The ADI portal will reopen from 10 May 2021. Know more >




Initial Basic Training (IBT) will resume from 10 May 2021 for all motorcyclists, not just essential workers, as will driver testing for all motorcycle categories. Know more >



Covid 19 Safety Measures

We have introduced new safety measures to the driving test which candidates must follow Know more>


Driving test waiting times

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we can only test essential workers at this time.

Please note that our customer service agents cannot book or cancel tests over the phone or offer any updates on waiting times so, we kindly ask that you do not telephone our call centre for this information.

When will I get a test appointment?

During current restrictions, we can only offer test appointments to essential workers. Know more >

For anyone else on the waiting list, there is no need to contact us. We will email you directly when the restrictions have been lifted and we reach your application in the queue.

Waiting times

Covid-19 has caused a large backlog of customers waiting for a driving test and unfortunately this means that it may be some time before we can offer you an appointment.

We are currently developing an online tool that will estimate when you can expect to be invited to book a test. This will be launched once the restrictions have been lifted and we can resume testing for all customers.

Appointments will be prioritised based on eligibility

Once the testing restrictions have been lifted, we will be able to start inviting more candidates from the waiting list to book a test.

At that time, appointment slots will be offered in the following order of criteria:

    1. Covid-19 cancellations – anyone who was due to take a test but had to cancel because of Covid-19 restrictions will be given priority (provided they were eligible to take the test at the time).
    2. Eligibility – you must be qualified to take the test. You cannot sit the test until you have held your first learner permit for at least 6 months and completed all of your driver training - that is, EDT for cars or IBT for motorbikes.
    3. Application date – the earlier you applied, the sooner you will get an invitation to book a test, provided you were eligible at the time.

I had to cancel my test because of Covid-19 restrictions. Will I lose my place in the queue?

No. If you had to cancel your test due to Covid-19 symptoms or because you are not an essential worker, don’t worry, you have been placed on a priority list and your fee has been saved.

What are you doing to reduce the waiting times?

We are taking steps to increase the number of driving tests we can deliver. We have hired 40 additional driver testers and are looking at extended opening hours. This will help to reduce the backlog and shorten waiting times. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding.

What do I need to do next?

If you have already applied for a driving test and are on the waiting list, no further action is needed. We will contact you directly once we reach your application and at that point you will be invited to book a test.

If you have not yet applied for a test, please sign up or log into our customer portal You can register on our portal using your verified MyGovID or authenticate your details with the RSA. The video below will show you how. If you have any difficulties registering, please see our MyRoadSafety FAQs

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone TBC
Ballina TBC
Birr TBC
Buncrana TBC
Carlow TBC
Carrick-On-Shannon TBC
Castlebar TBC
Cavan TBC
Clifden TBC
Clonmel TBC
Cork TBC
Cork Midleton TBC
Donegal TBC
Dun Laoghaire TBC
Dundalk TBC
Dungarvan TBC
Ennis TBC
Finglas TBC
Galway TBC
Galway TBC
Gorey TBC
Kilkenny TBC
Killarney TBC
Kilrush TBC
Letterkenny TBC
Limerick TBC
Limerick - Woodview TBC
Limerick Roxboro TBC
Longford TBC
Loughrea TBC
Mallow TBC
Monaghan TBC
Mulhuddart TBC
Mullingar TBC
Naas 3 TBC
Navan TBC
Nenagh TBC
Newcastle West TBC
Portlaoise TBC
Raheny TBC
Roscommon TBC
Shannon TBC
Skibbereen TBC
Sligo TBC
Tallaght TBC
Thurles TBC
Tipperary TBC
Tralee TBC
Tuam TBC
Tullamore TBC
Waterford TBC
Wexford TBC
Wicklow TBC

Updated 29 April 2021