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Driving test update

Manage your test directly through MyRoadSafety.

Please note that our customer service agents cannot manage driving test appointments over the phone or prioritise anyone’s position in the waiting list queue, so we kindly ask you not call for this information. Driving tests should be managed directly through our customer portal

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. In the meantime, you can get an idea of when you'll receive an invitation to book your car driving test by using our waiting time estimator.

Emergency driving test appointments

At the moment, emergency driving test appointments can only be offered to critical frontline workers. 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) you can request an emergency test.

For anyone else awaiting a test, there is no need to contact us. You will be sent a booking invitation as soon as we reach your application in the queue. We operate a fair scheduling process and those who have been waiting the longest will be offered a test first, provided they were eligible to take their test when they applied. 

If you’re a critical frontline worker who has not yet applied for a test

You will first need to: 

  1. Register or log in to 
  2. Apply for a driving test and add yourself to the waiting list. Know more >
  3. Request an emergency test 

Appointments will be prioritised based on eligibility

In the interest of fairness, driving test appointment invitations will be issued in the following order:

  1. Critical frontline workers: priority customers whose request for an emergency test has been accepted.
  2. Re-tests: customers who have failed their test and reapplied. There’s a minimum six-week gap between failing your test and being invited for a retest.
  3. Eligibility and application date: the earlier a customer applied, the sooner they will get an appointment, provided they were eligible to sit a test at the time they applied.

When you receive your booking invitation you will have 10 days to select an appointment. If you're not ready to sit a test, that's ok, you can hold off booking and re-add yourself to the invitation queue at a later stage.

How we determine your place in the driving test queue


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, 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 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.

Watch the video