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 16.1 23
Ballina

9.0

20
Birr 18.7 24
Buncrana 14.2 20
Carlow

13.7

21
Carrick-on-Shannon

12.9

22
Castlebar 10.0 22
Cavan 9.8 16
Churchtown 11.3 19
Clifden 13.3 17
Clonmel 17.1 22
Cork

14.3

23
Donegal

8.6

22
Dundalk 12.7 18
Dungarvan 14.4 22
Ennis 12.6 26
Finglas 10.2 19
Galway 15.4 23
Gorey 11.6 16
Kilkenny 14.3 20
Killarney 13.5 26
Kilrush 15.8 13
Letterkenny 11.7 20
Limerick 13.5 18
Longford 10.3 20
Loughrea 17.7 23
Mallow 16.6 22
Monaghan 12.9 19
Mullingar 12.5 20
Naas 11.2 15
Navan 12.1 17
Nenagh 10.9 20
Newcastle West 17.0 26
Portlaoise 9.8 18
Raheny 11.8 19
Roscommon 14.2 23
Shannon 13.0 20
Skibbereen 15.3 20
Sligo 12.5 22
Tallaght 11.3 16
Thurles

9.6

16
Tipperary 9.6 19
Tralee 12.8 27
Tuam 16.6 25
Tullamore 12.0 17
Waterford 11.6 20
Wexford 14.8 20
Wicklow 11.2 16

 

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 16.1
Ballina 9.0
Ballincollig
Birr 18.7
Buncrana 14.2
Carlow 13.7
Carrick-On-Shannon 12.9
Castlebar 10.0
Cavan 9.8
Churchtown 11.3
Clifden 13.3
Clonmel 17.1
Cork 14.3
Donegal 8.6
Dundalk 12.7
Dungarvan 14.4
Ennis 12.6
Finglas 10.2
Galway 15.4
Gorey 11.6
Kilkenny 14.3
Killarney 13.5
Kilrush 15.8
Letterkenny 11.7
Limerick 13.5
Limerick - Woodview 13.5
Longford 10.3
Loughrea 17.7
Mallow 16.6
Monaghan 12.9
Mullingar 12.5
Naas 11.2
Navan 12.1
Nenagh 10.9
Newcastle West 17.0
Portlaoise 9.8
Raheny 11.8
Roscommon 14.2
Shannon 13.0
Skibbereen 15.3
Sligo 12.5
Tallaght 11.3
Thurles 9.6
Tipperary 9.6
Tralee 12.8
Tuam 16.6
Tullamore 12.0
Waterford 11.6
Wexford 14.8
Wicklow 11.2

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.