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            

13.9

14

Ballina

10.0

19

Birr             

8.6

17

Buncrana

19.0

24

Carlow       

13.9

17

Carrick-On-Shannon

14.5

19

Castlebar          

11.7

18

Cavan

18.4

24

Churchtown

11.4

18

Clifden

17.1

20

Clonmel

16.0

19

Cork

16.3

23

Donegal

14.0

18

Dundalk        

13.0

17

Dungarvan  

10.1

12

Ennis        

14.5

20

Finglas        

12.1

18

Galway    

12.9

16

Gorey          

13.1

24

Kilkenny          

15.5

19

Killarney         

11.8

23

Kilrush          

12.0

15

Letterkenny     

16.9

17

Limerick

14.6

17

Longford         

12.5

18

Loughrea        

13.1

19

Mallow          

16.8

23

Monaghan   

17.7

21

Mullingar        

13.8

17

Naas

13.3

20

Navan  

14.4

19

Nenagh

19.3

19

Newcastle West

15.6

18

Portlaoise       

14.9

15

Raheny          

12.6

18

Roscommon

13.6

16

Shannon

10.9

20

Skibbereen       

13.8

19

Sligo 

10.0

13

Tallaght       

10.3

17

Thurles

17.8

18

Tipperary

17.0

20

Tralee

14.5

27

Tuam

15.0

18

Tullamore

14.1

16

Waterford

16.9

19

Wexford

18.5

19

Wicklow

14.2

22

Last updated 14/02/2018

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 13.9
Ballina 10.0
Ballincollig
Birr 8.6
Buncrana 19.0
Carlow 13.9
Carrick-On-Shannon 14.5
Castlebar 11.7
Cavan 18.4
Churchtown 11.4
Clifden 17.1
Clonmel 16.0
Cork 16.3
Donegal 14.0
Dundalk 13.0
Dungarvan 10.1
Ennis 14.5
Finglas 12.1
Galway 12.9
Gorey 13.1
Kilkenny 15.5
Killarney 11.8
Kilrush 12.0
Letterkenny 16.9
Limerick 14.6
Limerick - Woodview 14.6
Longford 12.5
Loughrea 13.1
Mallow 16.8
Monaghan 17.7
Mullingar 13.8
Naas 13.3
Navan 14.4
Nenagh 19.3
Newcastle West 15.6
Portlaoise 14.9
Raheny 12.6
Roscommon 13.6
Shannon 10.9
Skibbereen 13.8
Sligo 10.0
Tallaght 10.3
Thurles 17.8
Tipperary 17.0
Tralee 14.5
Tuam 15.0
Tullamore 14.1
Waterford 16.9
Wexford 18.5
Wicklow 14.2

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.