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            

17.6

21

Ballina

9.9

15

Birr             

18.8

22

Buncrana

16.3

19

Carlow       

18.7

24

Carrick

13.9

21

Castlebar          

11.8

24

Cavan

10.1

21

Churchtown

11.0

20

Clifden

14.8

24

Clonmel

20.2

26

Cork

15.1

22

Donegal

15.1

24

Dundalk        

11.6

21

Dungarvan  

15.2

23

Ennis        

19.8

18

Finglas        

12.3

22

Galway    

17.0

21

Gorey          

11.6

17

Kilkenny          

19.2

25

Killarney         

19.8

24

Kilrush          

12.1

14

Letterkenny     

14.7

21

Limerick

11.2

22

Longford         

15.5

20

Loughrea         

18.1

23

Mallow          

17.4

21

Monaghan   

9.4

22

Mullingar        

14.5

21

Naas

9.4

18

Navan  

13.2

21

Nenagh

17.4

19

Newcastle

20.2

24

Portlaoise       

15.9

23

Raheny          

13.4

21

Roscommon

13.8

20

Shannon

16.4

24

Skibbereen        

14.1

22

Sligo 

17.5

23

Tallaght       

10.0

18

Thurles

13.4

21

Tipperary

18.0

24

Tralee

18.1

25

Tuam

16.4

20

Tullamore

13.7

17

Waterford

14.0

24

Wexford

13.6

25

Wicklow

11.9

19

 

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 17.6
Ballina 9.9
Ballincollig 15.1
Birr 18.8
Buncrana 16.3
Carlow 18.7
Carrick-On-Shannon 13.9
Castlebar 11.8
Cavan 10.1
Churchtown 11.0
Clifden 14.8
Clonmel 20.2
Cork 15.1
Donegal 15.1
Dundalk 11.6
Dungarvan 15.2
Ennis 19.8
Finglas 12.3
Galway 17.0
Gorey 11.6
Kilkenny 19.2
Killarney 19.8
Kilrush 12.1
Letterkenny 14.7
Limerick 11.2
Limerick - Woodview 11.2
Longford 15.5
Loughrea 18.1
Mallow 17.4
Monaghan 9.4
Mullingar 14.5
Naas 9.4
Navan 13.2
Nenagh 17.4
Newcastle West 20.2
Portlaoise 15.9
Raheny 13.4
Roscommon 13.8
Shannon 16.4
Skibbereen 14.1
Sligo 17.5
Tallaght 10.0
Thurles 13.4
Tipperary 18.0
Tralee 18.1
Tuam 16.4
Tullamore 13.7
Waterford 14.0
Wexford 13.6
Wicklow 11.9

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.