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 15.5 26
Ballina

11.3

17
Birr 18.7 26
Buncrana 14.9 21
Carlow

14.5

25
Carrick-on-Shannon

15.8

23
Castlebar 13.6 23
Cavan 11.6 17
Churchtown 10.8 19
Clifden 14.8 22
Clonmel 15.1 26
Cork

13.3

23
Donegal

15.9

23
Dundalk 12.9

20

Dungarvan 13.5 22
Ennis 13.2 28
Finglas 10.2 21
Galway 15.2 24
Gorey 12.3 18
Kilkenny 14.2 25
Killarney 14.5 30
Kilrush 13.9 20
Letterkenny 13.2 21
Limerick 12.3 16
Longford 13.8 23
Loughrea 14.5 25
Mallow 16.8 21
Monaghan 14.3 19
Mullingar 11.7 21
Naas

10.8

16
Navan 12.3 19
Nenagh 8.7 24
Newcastle West 13.3 27
Portlaoise 12.8 21
Raheny 11.6 21
Roscommon 16.8 24
Shannon 14.9 21
Skibbereen 14.4 23
Sligo 12.6 22
Tallaght 10.1 18
Thurles

9.1

21
Tipperary 13.7 24
Tralee 13.8 29
Tuam 12.0 28
Tullamore 12.8 18
Waterford 12.9 21
Wexford 14.5 21
Wicklow 13.4 17

 

Driving Test Centres - Average Waiting Times

Test Centre Average Waiting Time (Weeks)
Athlone 15.5
Ballina 11.3
Ballincollig
Birr 18.7
Buncrana 14.9
Carlow 14.5
Carrick-On-Shannon 15.8
Castlebar 13.6
Cavan 11.6
Churchtown 10.8
Clifden 14.8
Clonmel 15.1
Cork 13.3
Donegal 15.9
Dundalk 12.9
Dungarvan 13.5
Ennis 13.2
Finglas 10.2
Galway 15.2
Gorey 15.5
Kilkenny 14.2
Killarney 14.5
Kilrush 13.9
Letterkenny 13.2
Limerick 12.3
Limerick - Woodview 12.3
Longford 13.8
Loughrea 14.5
Mallow 16.8
Monaghan 14.3
Mullingar 11.7
Naas 10.8
Navan 12.3
Nenagh 8.7
Newcastle West 13.3
Portlaoise 12.8
Raheny 11.6
Roscommon 16.8
Shannon 14.9
Skibbereen 14.4
Sligo 12.6
Tallaght 10.1
Thurles 9.1
Tipperary 13.7
Tralee 13.8
Tuam 12.0
Tullamore 12.8
Waterford 12.9
Wexford 14.5
Wicklow 13.4

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.