When will I get a test?

We've launched a new car driving test waiting time estimator

Please note that our customer service agents cannot manage driving tests over the phone or prioritise anyone's position in the queue, so we kindly ask you not to call for this information.


When will I get a driving test appointment?

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 have developed a new online tool that offers an estimated date of when you'll be invited to book a car driving test. If you're already on the waiting list, just click on the button below and enter your date of birth and driver number.




Why is the estimator not showing me a date?

This could be for a number of reasons, such as:

Possible errors What should I do?
You entered a driver number and date of birth combination that doesn't match our records. Check your driver number, located at 4(d) on your learner permit, and ensure it and your date of birth are entered correctly.
You may not be on the waiting list for a car driving test. Register or log onto MyRoadSafety and add yourself to the waiting list. This video will show you how
You could be on the car driving test waiting list but may not be eligible to sit your test. To be eligible to sit a driving test you must have held your first learner permit for at least 6 months and have completed all of your Essential Driver Training. Know more >
You just completed your EDT recently. Log into MyEDT and view your training records. If sessions are missing, please contact your ADI directly. If not, you may have to wait up to 2 weeks for the estimator to update your details.
You may have already received an invitation to book a test. Check whether you’ve received an invitation in your MyRoadSafety account under ‘My Messages’. If it’s a current invitation, you can go ahead and select a test appointment. If it’s an old invite, you will need to request another one by completing this form.
You failed your driving test recently and have reapplied. You will automatically receive a booking invitation 6 to 8 weeks after your failed test.
You submitted a driving test application recently. The estimator tool is updated every two to three weeks. If you have applied since it was last updated, it may not have captured your information yet so please try again later.

Other frequently asked questions

What determines my place in the queue?


In the interest of fairness, we will be prioritising customers in the following order:

  1. Priority customers whose request as a Critical Frontline Worker has been accepted.
  2. Customers who have failed their test and have since reapplied. There's a minimum 6-week gap between failing your test and being invited for a retest.
  3. After that, we will be issuing invitations based on eligibility, followed by application date. This means, the earlier you applied, the sooner you will get an appointment, provided you were eligible to sit your test at the time you applied. If you were not eligible to sit the test when you applied, then your position in the waiting list queue is determined by the date you finish your driver training.

Driving test scheduling principles

How we determine your place in the queue


What is the difference between an invitation date and an actual test date?


The invitation date is the date you can expect to receive an invitation from us to book your driving test appointment. The test date is the date of your actual driving test appointment.

Please note that the invitation date is only an estimate, and we cannot offer any guarantees due to factors outside our control, e.g., weather conditions or if a tester suddenly becomes unavailable.



Does the booking invitation expire?


Yes. Once you receive your invitation from us, you will have 10 days to select an appointment. To do this you will first need to register or log onto our customer portal MyRoadSafety.ie. The video below will show you how.



If it’s a case you don’t book an appointment within the 10-day window, don’t worry, you won’t lose your fee and you will be kept on our waiting list for a driving test. Once you’re ready and eligible to sit the test, please complete this form and we’ll place you back on the invitation queue. You will be emailed another invite when appointment slots become available.



I'm getting an estimated date for next year. Could this be correct?


Yes. 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.

Your position in the queue is determined by your eligibility, followed by your application date. Therefore, the earlier you applied the sooner you will get a test, provided you were eligible to sit your test at the time.

How do I know if I’m eligible to sit my driving test?



I need an urgent test. Can I get an invitation sooner than my estimated date?


No. We operate a fair and transparent appointment scheduling process and it's only fair that those who are eligible and have been waiting the longest would be offered a test first.

If you are employed by the HSE, a private hospital or the emergency services and need to drive as part of your job (not including commuting to your place of work) then we may prioritise your application. Know more >



Can I compare waiting times at different test centres before choosing which centre to apply to?


Yes. You can compare your estimated waiting times at various test centres by selecting 'What are the waiting times for invitations by test centres' on the second screen of the estimator tool and changing your centre of choice. This may show an earlier or later estimated date, depending on the demand for tests at that centre, and its capacity.



I've applied for a truck/bus/motorbike test. Why didn't I get an estimated date?


The invitation estimator tool is for cars only because there is a huge demand for driving tests in this vehicle category. The demand for driving tests in other vehicle categories, such as motorbikes, buses, or trucks, is only 8 to 10 weeks on average, nationally. We will email you an invitation to book your motorbike, truck, or bus test when we reach you application in the queue.



How do I know if I'm 'eligible' to take my driving test?


To be eligible to sit a driving test you must have held your first learner permit for at least 6 months and have completed all of your Essential Driver Training (cars) or Initial Basic Training (motorbikes).

You can check the validity of your learner permit in your MyRoadSafety account under the learner permit step in 'My Goals'. To see the status of your driver training please log in to MyEDT.

More detailed information is available on our Driving test eligibility webpage.



I recently completed my EDT and became eligible to sit a test. When will the estimator tool show me a date?


All of your EDT sessions must be uploaded by your Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) before we can add you to the driving test invitation queue. You should log into your MyEDT account and view your training records. If sessions are missing, please contact your ADI directly. If all 12 sessions are showing (or 6 sessions if it’s reduced EDT), then you will have been added to the invitation queue on the date you completed your final session.

Please allow two weeks from this date for the estimator tool to update your details. After that, you should be able to see an estimated date for your booking invitation. In the meantime, the estimator tool also offers average waiting times across each of the test centres.



My estimated invitation date has been pushed out since I checked it last week. Why?


This can happen for various reasons. Factors outside our control such as extreme weather or if a tester becomes suddenly unavailable can lead to cancellations. This affects the overall number of tests conducted at a particular centre.



Could I receive an invitation to book a driving test sooner than estimated?


Yes, it's possible. The waiting times provided by the estimator tool are not final and subject to change based on a number of factors. For example, if a higher number of appointments become available in a test centre, or increased driver tester availability. Therefore, you could receive an invitation to book a test earlier than previously advised, or equally, later.



Where can I find my driver number?


Your driver number can be found opposite 4(d) on your learner permit.



How do I apply for a driving test?


If you have not yet applied for a test, please first sign up or log into our customer portal MyRoadSafety.ie. 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


Once you have logged in successfully, you can then set a driving goal under 'My Goals' and proceed to the 'Driving Test' step. Here you can apply for a test and, if there is no availability at your chosen test centre, add yourself to the waiting list.



How often is the estimator updated?


The estimator is updated every 2 to 3 weeks. The date of the most recent update is available on the estimator tool below 'Your personal estimator waiting time'.

In the meantime, you can get a general idea of waiting times at your preferred test centre by selecting ‘What are the waiting times for invitations by test centres' on the second screen of the estimator tool. Please note that this date is based on someone applying for their test today.


If I change my test centre, will I get an earlier test date?


This depends on the capacity of the test centre and the number of people waiting for a test. Some centres are larger and therefore have a higher throughput which may shorten your waiting time but equally, it could be longer if there is greater demand for tests at this centre.

You can compare estimated waiting times by selecting 'What are the waiting times for invitations by test centres' on the second screen of the estimator tool and change your centre of choice. This may show an earlier or later estimated date.


If I change my test centre, will I lose my place in the queue?


No, but your place in the queue will depend on where your application sits relevant to all others waiting at that centre.


I failed my driving test and have reapplied. When will I get a new invitation?


Once you have reapplied, you won't have to go to the back of the queue and will automatically receive a new booking invitation 6 to 8 weeks after your failed test.

If you failed a test prior to 1 December 2020 and have since reapplied, we will invite you to book another test as soon as we reach you in the queue i.e. the 6 to 8 week timeline doesn’t apply in this case. If you haven’t yet re-applied, you will need to sign up or log into our customer portal MyRoadSafety.ie, and add yourself to the waiting list if no suitable slots are available.

If 6 to 8 weeks isn’t enough time for you to prepare for your re-test, you can hold off booking another appointment until later. When you’re ready, just complete this form and we’ll send you another invitation.


I got an invitation but didn’t book a test in time. Can you send me another invite?


Yes, of course, but you will need to fill in this online form first. Once completed, this adds you back on to the invitation list and you will be placed in the queue at the point when your last invitation expired.

 

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
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 7 October 2021