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Waiting times for driving tests

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 and eligible to sit your test, just click on the button below and enter your date of birth and driver number. If you're not yet eligible to sit the test, you can also view the current general estimated waiting times by test centre. 

 

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Driving test waiting time estimator

When am I likely to get invited to book my driving test? 

 

Please note that our customer service agents cannot book tests over the telephone or prioritise anyone's position on the waiting list so we kindly ask you not to call for this information. Driving tests should be managed directly through your MyRoadSafety account.


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.

You completed your EDT only recently.

Log into MyEDT and view your training records. If sessions are missing, please contact your ADI directly. If not, please wait 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 and have reapplied.

You need to wait 6 to 8 weeks after your failed test. After that, you will automatically receive another email invitation to book a re-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.

 

Frequently asked questions

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

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:

Watch video on YouTube.

 


 

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.

 


 

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 and have reapplied

You need to wait 6 to 8 weeks after your failed test. 

After that, once you’ve reapplied you will automatically receive another email invitation to book a re-test. This timeline doesn’t apply if you failed your test before 1 December 2020 and have since reapplied. In this case we will invite you to book another test as soon as we reach your application in the queue.  

 


 

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. 

 

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.

Customers invited to book a test have 10 days to select an appointment. If they're not ready to sit a test, they can hold off booking and re-add themselves to the invitation queue at a later stage.

How we determine your place in the driving test queue

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 Government restrictions.

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.

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?

No. We cannot facilitate requests for earlier driving test appointments for any individual, under any circumstances. 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.

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.

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. 

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.

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

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.

Your driver number can be found opposite 4(d) on your learner permit.
You can apply for your driving test online at MyRoadSafety.ie or by post.

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. 

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.

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

Once you have reapplied, you 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 in this form and we’ll send you another invitation.

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.
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.
We are taking steps to increase the number of driving tests we can deliver. We have opened new test centres in the past year and are currently hiring additional driver testers. This will help to reduce the backlog and shorten waiting times. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding. 
If you have already applied for a driving test and are on the waiting list, you don’t need to do anything. We will contact you directly when appointment slots become available. At that point you will be invited to book your driving test.  

If you have not yet applied for a driving test, please visit our customer portal MyRoadSafety.ie You can register on our portal using your verified MyGovID or authenticate your details with the Road Safety Authority.