Driving test waiting times

How long you can expect to wait for a driving test and which test centres have the shortest and longest waiting times.

How long do I have to wait

We aim to have a national average waiting time for a driving test of no longer than 10 weeks.  Our ability to meet this target depends on the number of applications received.    Accordingly, the average waiting time in driving test centres may vary above or below this 10-week target.

The current average waiting time for a Category B (car/light van) driving
test, per test centre, based on the waiting times of applicants who had a test appointment during the last 4 weeks, is listed below:

Please note: The average waiting time is an average of current waiting times for applicants at each Test Centre.  Applicants will have waiting times both longer and shorter than the average.  The longest waiting time per Test Centre is also shown in the table below.

Driving Test Centre

Average Waiting (Weeks)

Longest Wait Time in Weeks CARS

Athlone            

10.6

14

Ballina

8.7

25

Birr             

13.9

15

Buncrana

13.8

23

Carlow       

11.2

16

Carrick-On-Shannon

12.5

25

Castlebar          

17.4

20

Cavan

18.3

19

Churchtown

15.4

25

Clifden

11.8

24

Clonmel

15.3

20

Cork

17.8

27

Donegal

10.2

19

Dundalk        

10.9

16

Dungarvan  

11.7

17

Ennis        

17.4

26

Finglas        

11.2

15

Galway    

15.8

26

Gorey          

18.8

25

Kilkenny           

14.2

22

Killarney         

17.6

24

Kilrush          

16.1

22

Letterkenny     

16.4

27

Limerick

12.5

24

Longford         

10.7

16

Loughrea        

14.8

26

Mallow          

13.2

25

Monaghan   

17.5

23

Mullingar        

10.5

13

Naas

12.1

17

Navan  

12.5

17

Nenagh

12.1

19

Newcastle West

18.1

25

Portlaoise       

8.9

15

Raheny          

10.3

16

Roscommon

13.4

17

Shannon

14.2

24

Skibbereen       

18.9

22

Sligo 

7.3

8

Tallaght       

9.5

16

Thurles

12.7

22

Tipperary

12.3

22

Tralee

14.6

23

Tuam

14.1

22

Tullamore

11.6

14

Waterford

11.2

13

Wexford

11.9

16

Wicklow

17.4

22

 

Last updated 16/10/2018

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 10.6
Ballina 8.7
Ballincollig
Birr 13.9
Buncrana 13.8
Carlow 11.2
Carrick-On-Shannon 12.5
Castlebar 17.4
Cavan 18.3
Churchtown 15.4
Clifden 11.8
Clonmel 15.3
Cork 17.8
Donegal 10.2
Dundalk 10.9
Dungarvan 11.7
Ennis 17.4
Finglas 11.2
Galway 15.8
Galway
Gorey 18.8
Kilkenny 14.2
Killarney 17.6
Kilrush 16.1
Letterkenny 16.4
Limerick 12.5
Limerick - Woodview 13.6
Longford 10.7
Loughrea 14.8
Mallow 13.2
Monaghan 17.5
Mullingar 10.5
Naas 12.1
Naas 3
Navan 12.5
Nenagh 12.1
Newcastle West 18.1
Portlaoise 8.9
Raheny 10.3
Roscommon 13.4
Shannon 14.2
Skibbereen 18.9
Sligo 7.3
Tallaght 9.5
Thurles 12.7
Tipperary 12.3
Tralee 14.6
Tuam 14.1
Tullamore 11.6
Waterford 11.2
Wexford 11.9
Wicklow 16.3

Quick tests

We know that a person may need to take a test urgently. We can usually facilitate this and it helps if you are available for a test appointment at short notice

We often have slots that have been cancelled that are available for a person who can take a test with notice from a few hours to a few days.

If this is suitable for you, please note on your application that you are available for short notice cancellation.