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.

Centre

Average Waiting (Weeks)

Longest Waiting Time

Athlone

6.9

10

Ballina

8.1

9

Birr

10.0

10

Buncrana

10.2

11

Carlow

8.4

19

Carrick on Shannon

5.4

10

Castlebar

6.3

9

Cavan

8.0

9

Churchtown

12.9

23

Clifden

12.0

12

Clonmel

14.1

18

Cork

14.0

18

Donegal

6.8

9

DunLaoghaire/Deansgrange

5.9

10

Dundalk

9.7

11

Dungarvan

12.0

12

Ennis

9.0

9

Finglas

5.9

10

Galway

9.4

12

Gorey

15.9

19

Kilkenny

9.2

14

Killarney

12.0

12

Kilrush

19.8

23

Letterkenny

6.5

8

Limerick

9.4

21

Longford

8.9

12

Loughrea

11.0

11

Mallow

14.4

24

Monaghan

7.0

7

Mulhuddart

5.1

10

Mullingar

12.0

12

Naas

5.4

10

Navan

10.2

13

Nenagh

13.1

14

Newcastle West

18.0

19

Portlaoise

7.3

10

Raheny

7.5

10

Roscommon

8.7

9

Shannon

20.0

21

Skibbereen

16.4

21

Sligo

6.0

9

Tallaght

6.2

14

Thurles

13.8

15

Tipperary

17.9

22

Tralee

12.8

23

Tuam

7.1

11

Tullamore

9.0

9

Waterford

5.4

12

Wexford

5.1

10

Wicklow

17.4

23

Last updated 19/02/2019

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 7.9
Ballina 8.1
Ballincollig
Birr 10
Buncrana 10
Carlow 10
Carrick-On-Shannon 5.8
Castlebar 6.3
Cavan 8.0
Churchtown 13.5
Clifden 9.0
Clonmel 15.0
Cork 17.9
Donegal 7.1
Dun laoghaire\Deansgrange 5.6
Dundalk 9.9
Dungarvan 13.0
Ennis 14.9
Finglas 6.2
Galway 10.1
Galway
Gorey 16.5
Kilkenny 9.7
Killarney 15.0
Kilrush 19.8
Letterkenny 7.0
Limerick 9.9
Limerick - Woodview 11.5
Longford 9.7
Loughrea 11.0
Mallow 17.4
Monaghan 6.0
Mulhuddart 5.5
Mullingar 12.0
Naas 5.9
Naas 3
Navan 10.5
Nenagh 11.7
Newcastle West 18.9
Portlaoise 8.7
Raheny 8.2
Roscommon 9.1
Shannon 21.5
Skibbereen 18.8
Sligo 6.9
Tallaght 6.6
Thurles 15.3
Tipperary 18.3
Tralee 13.5
Tuam 8.5
Tullamore 9.0
Waterford 5.1
Wexford 6.0
Wicklow 17.0

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.