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 19/08/2019

Test Centre

Average Wait Time

Longest Wait Time

*Forecasted for Next Month

Athlone

6.7

9

7.5

Ballina

6.9

10

7.1

Birr

7.6

11

8.6

Buncrana

8.2

10

7.9

Carlow

6.4

12

6.6

Carrick-On-Shannon

6.8

9

6.9

Castlebar

7.0

9

7.4

Cavan

6.3

8

6.7

Churchtown

5.4

10

6.7

Clifden

6.9

13

6.1

Clonmel

6.3

8

6.8

Cork

5.9

10

7.0

Donegal

6.8

8

6.6

Dun Laoghaire/Deansgrange

5.7

9

7.4

Dundalk

6.7

9

6.8

Dungarvan

5.5

8

7.6

Ennis

6.5

9

6.0

Finglas

5.1

9

7.3

Galway

6.6

9

6.5

Gorey

6.7

10

6.1

Kilkenny

6.2

9

8.0

Killarney

6.6

10

7.8

Kilrush

7.7

6

6.0

Letterkenny

7.2

8

6.7

Limerick

6.3

10

7.0

Longford

8.0

8

6.9

Loughrea

6.1

9

5.7

Mallow

5.1

8

7.6

Monaghan

6.8

10

6.0

Mulhuddart

5.7

9

7.2

Mullingar

5.9

10

6.9

Naas

7.0

11

6.3

Navan

5.8

11

8.4

Nenagh

7.9

9

6.0

Newcastle West

6.6

10

6.7

Portlaoise

6.4

9

6.2

Raheny

5.4

11

6.7

Roscommon

6.9

10

7.8

Shannon

6.6

7

8.1

Skibbereen

6.7

8

6.0

Sligo

6.1

7

6.7

Tallaght

6.2

11

7.5

Thurles

7.2

10

7.6

Tipperary

4.6

10

5.8

Tralee

5.9

9

7.7

Tuam

7.8

9

7.3

Tullamore

7.0

9

6.6

Waterford

6.2

7

7.0

Wexford

6.5

9

6.5

Wicklow

6.0

11

7.5

 

*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 10.0
Ballina 9.0
Ballincollig 5.9
Birr 10.0
Buncrana 9.0
Carlow 11.0
Carrick-On-Shannon 9.0
Castlebar 10.0
Cavan 8.0
Churchtown 10.0
Clifden 12.0
Clonmel 8.0
Cork 11.0
Donegal 9.0
Dun laoghaire\Deansgrange 9.0
Dundalk 10.0
Dungarvan 10.0
Ennis 12.0
Finglas 9.0
Galway 5.9
Galway 10.0
Gorey 11.0
Kilkenny 8.0
Killarney 10.0
Kilrush 9.0
Letterkenny 8.0
Limerick 11.0
Limerick - Woodview 11.0
Longford 9.0
Loughrea 10.0
Mallow 8.0
Monaghan 9.0
Mulhuddart 8.0
Mullingar 11.0
Navan 10.0
Nenagh 11.0
Newcastle West 10.0
Portlaoise 9.0
Raheny 10.0
Roscommon 9.0
Shannon 8.0
Skibbereen 9.0
Sligo 8.0
Tallaght 11.0
Thurles 10.0
Tipperary 10.0
Tralee 11.0
Tuam 9.0
Tullamore 11.0
Waterford 8.0
Wexford 10.0
Wicklow 10.0

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.