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            

9.6

11

Ballina

13.5

14

Birr             

11.8

15

Buncrana

14.7

17

Carlow       

9.8

16

Carrick-On-Shannon

8.0

9

Castlebar          

10.2

11

Cavan

12.4

13

Churchtown

14.3

27

Clifden

19.6

21

Clonmel

14.6

22

Cork

15.6

26

Donegal

10.2

11

Dundalk         

10.0

17

Dungarvan  

13.0

18

Ennis        

15.2

24

Finglas        

8.5

11

Galway    

16.9

18

Gorey          

15.8

26

Kilkenny          

14.5

17

Killarney         

15.9

26

Kilrush          

19.1

26

Letterkenny     

9.1

11

Limerick

10.6

20

Longford         

11.7

12

Loughrea        

19.3

20

Mallow          

16.8

27

Monaghan   

9.4

15

Mullingar        

9.1

12

Naas

9.8

11

Navan  

10.4

16

Nenagh

12.2

23

Newcastle West

15.8

25

Portlaoise       

10.6

13

Raheny          

10.2

15

Roscommon

12.3

14

Shannon

12.9

26

Skibbereen       

17.1

26

Sligo 

9.4

10

Tallaght       

9.6

11

Thurles

17.7

24

Tipperary

16.6

24

Tralee

13.4

24

Tuam

10.1

13

Tullamore

8.5

15

Waterford

8.8

9

Wexford

10.4

12

Wicklow

15.3

25

Last updated 11/12/2018

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
Dun laoghaire\Deansgrange
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
Mulhuddart
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.