Waiting times for driving tests
When will I be invited to book a test?
You must be on the waiting list and eligible to sit a driving test before we can send you a booking invitation. Use the checklist below to see if an estimated date is available.
Tip! If you can’t complete the checklist above, you can still view the average waiting times (cars only) by test centre for a booking invitation. For non-car vehicle categories, the average wait time is 8 to 10 weeks.
Driving test queries
Our agents don't have a cancellation list and they can't prioritise appointments so we kindly ask you not to call for this purpose. Your driving test must be self-managed though MyRoadSafety.
If the estimator isn't showing you a date
If you're getting an error, it could be for a number of reasons including incorrect details, incomplete training, re-test applications etc. Use our troubleshooter below to find out why the estimator may not be showing you a date.
Frequently asked questions
If you failed your car test and reapplied, there's no need to contact us. We will automatically send you another invitation 6 to 8 weeks after your failed test. This may take longer in some centres with high demand.
Important: Our customer agents can't offer short notice re-tests or cancellations so please wait for your invitation.
If you failed your test in another category (e.g. bike, bus, truck) and have since reapplied, we will invite you to book a re-test as soon as we reach your application in the queue.
Please note, the estimator tool won't show a date for re-tests or non-car categories.
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.
In the interest of fairness, driving test appointment invitations will be issued in the following order:
- Critical frontline workers: priority customers whose request for an emergency test has been accepted.
- Re-tests: customers who have failed their test and reapplied. There’s a 6 to 8 week gap between failing your test and being invited for a retest.
- 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.
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.
The invitation estimator tool is for cars only. If you've applied for a vehicle category other than a car test, you can expect a booking invitation usually within 10 to 12 weeks. However, in some centres, the demand for motorbike or car and trailer driving tests is high, leading to longer waiting times.
If you have not yet received your booking invitation, there is no need to contact us. We will email you as soon as we've reached your application in the queue.
Yes. The estimator tool calculates your waiting time based on the current demand at your chosen test centre. That demand can increase or decrease, depending on a number of factors such as driver tester availability, test centre closures due to severe weather etc.
If a driving test is cancelled at short notice, we make this appointment available to the general public on our MyRoadSafety portal.
Terms & conditions
- Short notice tests cannot be booked over the phone or by email, they are only available through MyRoadSafety.
Slots are limited, so they’re offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
You must be eligible to sit a driving test.
You can’t cancel or reschedule a short notice test after booking, so make sure you’re available on the date and well prepared.
How to book a short notice test
- Sign up or log in to MyRoadSafety portal.
If you’re new to the portal you must first add a goal (e.g., car, motorbike, etc.) Otherwise, you can go to the ‘My Goals’ page and select ‘View my steps’.
Scroll down and select ‘Book driving test’.
Slots are released every day so if you can’t see an appointment, please try again later or pick a different test centre.
If you’re already on the waiting list and eligible to sit a test, we will email you an invitation to book an appointment as soon as we can. Estimate your waiting time.