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

 

Test Centre Average Waiting Time(Weeks) Longest Wait Time in weeks
Athlone 7.9 22
Ballina

12.6

17
Birr 14.4 23
Buncrana 13.9 20
Carlow 11.8 21
Carrick-on-Shannon

13.1

20
Castlebar 12.1 18
Cavan 9.9 17
Churchtown 11.3 18
Clifden 13.3 16
Clonmel 13.9 22
Cork

14.6

21
Donegal

11.8

20
Dundalk 11.5 18
Dungarvan 13.8 19
Ennis 11.3 23
Finglas 10.3 16
Galway 14.6 24
Gorey 11.8 16
Kilkenny 12.1 21
Killarney 14.9 23
Kilrush 14.4 17
Letterkenny 12.0 18
Limerick 14.0 21
Longford 11.1 19
Loughrea 11.7 22
Mallow 12.3 22
Monaghan 11.7 18
Mullingar 10.7 17
Naas 10.4 16
Navan 10.0 18
Nenagh 11.7 15
Newcastle West 12.1 22
Portlaoise 11.3 16
Raheny 10.4 18
Roscommon 17.1 23
Shannon 11.8 15
Skibbereen 18.1 19
Sligo 8.1 19
Tallaght 10.2 16
Thurles

12.1

14
Tipperary 13.0 16
Tralee 14.8 23
Tuam 18.7 22
Tullamore 11.3 19
Waterford 14.6 18
Wexford 11.9 21
Wicklow 12.6 17

 

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 7.9
Ballina 12.6
Ballincollig
Birr 14.4
Buncrana 13.9
Carlow 11.8
Carrick-On-Shannon 13.1
Castlebar 12.1
Cavan 9.9
Churchtown 11.3
Clifden 13.3
Clonmel 13.9
Cork 14.6
Donegal 11.8
Dundalk 11.5
Dungarvan 13.8
Ennis 11.3
Finglas 10.3
Galway 14.6
Gorey 11.8
Kilkenny 12.1
Killarney 14.9
Kilrush 14.4
Letterkenny 12.0
Limerick 14.0
Limerick - Woodview 14.0
Longford 11.1
Loughrea 11.7
Mallow 12.3
Monaghan 11.7
Mullingar 10.7
Naas 10.4
Navan 10.0
Nenagh 11.7
Newcastle West 12.1
Portlaoise 11.3
Raheny 10.4
Roscommon 17.1
Shannon 11.8
Skibbereen 18.1
Sligo 8.1
Tallaght 10.2
Thurles 12.1
Tipperary 13.0
Tralee 14.8
Tuam 18.7
Tullamore 11.3
Waterford 14.6
Wexford 11.9
Wicklow 12.6

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.