Waiting times for driving tests
When will I get a driving test appointment?
Use our online tool to estimate when you will 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. If you're not yet eligible, you can also view the average waiting time (for an invitation) by test centre.
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.